Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole

Spaghetti Casserole

Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole is a delicious and hearty dish that combines pasta, rich meat sauce, and a creamy cheese layer. Here’s a recipe to prepare this tasty casserole:


  • 1 pound (450g) spaghetti
  • 1 pound (450g) ground beef or Italian sausage (you can also use a combination of both)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar of your favorite pasta sauce (or homemade marinara sauce)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.
  • Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until it is al dente. Drain the spaghetti and set it aside.
  • In a large skillet or frying pan, cook the ground beef or Italian sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a spoon, until it is browned and cooked through. Drain any excess fat if necessary.
  • Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the cooked meat, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent and soft.
  • Pour the pasta sauce over the meat mixture, stirring well to combine. Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cottage cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise until well combined.
  • Now it’s time to layer the casserole: Spread half of the cooked spaghetti evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Drizzle half of the melted butter over the spaghetti to prevent it from drying out.

  • Spread the cottage cheese mixture over the spaghetti layer, using a spatula to distribute it evenly.
  • Add the remaining half of the spaghetti on top of the cheese layer, followed by the rest of the melted butter.
  • Pour the meat sauce over the second layer of spaghetti, spreading it out to cover the entire surface.
  • Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the meat sauce layer, followed by the grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil, ensuring it’s tented slightly to prevent the cheese from sticking to the foil.
  • Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
  • Once the casserole is done baking, let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • Optionally, garnish with fresh basil or parsley before serving.

This Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole is sure to be a hit at any gathering or family meal.



1 Comment

  1. Lynna Burdette

    It all looks greatz

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