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Million Dollar Spaghetti

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Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole is a large quantity baked spaghetti recipe that is quick and easy and loaded with layers of noodles, meat, and rich cheeses. 

Not only budget-friendly but this recipe was also viewed by over 7.8 million people and is comfort food at its finest. 

Million Dollar Spaghetti baked in the oven.

Why you will love making this TikTok Dinner Recipe

Family favorite meal in a quick casserole tray – This recipe is easy to make and fantastic for an entire family meal and to serve at a potluck.

Easy to carry and group-style serving, million-dollar spaghetti is an all-in-one dish meal that needs no side dishes

Rich and Flavorful – Spaghetti is a timeless classic that most families enjoy on a menu many times a year, if not monthly.

This rich and creamy version of a throwback meal is an inexpensive way to feed many without sacrificing the taste. 

Simple Ingredients:

  • Ground Italian sausage – you can also use cooked ground beef. 
  • Favorite pasta tomato sauce 
  • Cooked and drained spaghetti noodles with drained pasta water – These can be made ahead to save time according to package instructions. Just rinse with warm water to separate any cold noodles. Do NOT use uncooked spaghetti. 
  • Cream cheese – softened and cubed.
  • Cheese – cottage cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Optional seasonings with meat: Italian Seasoning, kosher salt, black pepper, and minced garlic.

How to make Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole

  1. Brown meat, drain any excess grease, and mix a jar of spaghetti sauce. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 casserole dish.
  3. Add cooked pasta, half of the meat sauce mixture, cream cheese, and cottage cheese to the large baking dish. Mix creamy sauce well until combined. Season with salt if you like.
  4. Fold in 1 cup of cheddar cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
Million Dollar Spaghetti Recipe.
  1. Top with remaining hearty meat sauce spreading evenly over the top.
  2. Top with the remaining cheese layer.
  3. Bake spaghetti in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until hot, and the cheese is melted.
  4. Remove the baked spaghetti casserole from the oven; let it stand for 5 minutes and serve with crusty bread. If serving this cheesy goodness as a party or potluck dish, some fresh parsley brings a little color to the casserole.
tiktok viral dinner recipe in casserole dish.

Expert TikTok Casserole Recipe Tips

Like most spaghetti recipes, this one could easily add variations of herbs and spices to alter the flavor. Add Parmesan cheese, black pepper, diced medium onion (or yellow onion), or garlic cloves. 

Marinara sauce over spaghetti sauce is an acceptable substitute. It tends to have chunkier tomatoes. 

While this dinner recipe needs no side dish (trust me, it’s filling enough), no one will turn down a side of fried garlic bread in this Italian classic. 

baked spaghetti recipe.

Where did this viral recipe come from?

As a food blogger for more than ten years, we have seen this recipe come and go and be changed a million times over. It’s in cookbooks and websites and is a Pinterest favorite.

But this version, with a few changes, we saw pop up on our TikTok FYP from creator @isabel.wherry and were reminded of the deliciousness of this baked spaghetti.

See the tiktok dinner recipe video below :

@isabel.wherryy

Million Dollar Spaghetti!!!! 🍝 -cook 1 package of spaghetti noodles and put them into a 9×13 pan -fully cook ground beef and mix in 1 jar of spaghetti sauce then add half of the pan to the top of the noodles , mix in 1 block of cream cheese, 1 c of cottage cheese, 1/2 c of sour cream and 2 c of shredded cheese – mix well!!!-top with remaining meat & sauce but dont mix just spread -top with 2 c of shredded cheese -cook at 350 degrees for 25 mins #easyrecipe #healthadep #fyp #momswhocook #dinner

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Would we make baked Million Dollar Spaghetti again?

A perfect go-to pasta bake, this grandmother’s favorite recipe is high on our list for excellent weeknight meals. With savory meat, cheese, and of course, filling pasta, this hearty casserole is the best baked spaghetti recipe you can count on.

5 from 10 votes

Million Dollar Spaghetti (TikTok Viral)


Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
TikTok Million Dollar Spaghetti is a perfectly creamy over the the top baked spaghetti casserole recipe that feeds an entire family easily.

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb.  Italian sausage or ground beef
  • 24 oz. pasta sauce
  • 16 oz. spaghetti noodles cooked, drained and cooled
  • 8 oz. cream cheese brick
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Brown meat, soak up any excess grease in the pan with a paper towel and mix together with a jar of pasta sauce. Set aside. 
  • Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  • To the large baking dish, add cooked spaghetti pasta noodles, half of the meat sauce mixture, cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese. Using tongs, mix well until combined and creamy. Alternatively, this step can be done in a bowl and then dumped into the baking dish.
  • Fold in 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Top creamy noodles with remaining meat sauce spreading evenly over the top. Finally, sprinkle (as the final layer) any remaining shredded cheese. 
  • Bake Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole for 20-25 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.
  • Remove dish from the oven, let for stand five minutes and then serve. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 1501mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 957IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 517mg | Iron: 4mg

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2 Comments

  1. Shawndra Holland says:

    Can this be frozen?

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      I typically do not freeze this so I am unsure how it would thaw w/ the cream cheese.

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