Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole
Million Dollar Spaghetti is now your preferred pasta bake! For a quick dinner that everyone will like, this spaghetti casserole includes layers of creamy pasta, cheese, and meat sauce cooked together.
The flavor of this baked spaghetti is unbeatable. It is an inexpensive and family-friendly pasta dish that ingeniously mixes spaghetti and lasagna.
When combined with ricotta, cream cheese offers a delightful flavor and the ideal amount of creaminess. Our makes this Million Dollar Spaghetti a crowd-pleaser that truly tastes like a million bucks, especially when coupled with a meaty sauce and lots of melted cheese on top!
Million Dollar Spaghetti Ingredients
- One pound of lean ground beef,
- two teaspoons of Italian seasoning,
- three cups of Marinara sauce,
- one pound of spaghetti noodles,
- Kosher salt to taste (for the pasta water),
- eight ounces of softened room-temperature cream cheese,
- one cup of ricotta cheese,
- one teaspoon of garlic powder
- two cups of freshly grated mozzarella cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside a 9″ x 13″ pan that has been greased.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet or pan over medium heat. Sauté the onion for three minutes. Sauté the garlic for one more minute, or until fragrant. Breaking up the ground beef as you go as you add it, sauté until browned.
- Return beef to the pan after draining. Mix well with two cups of marinara sauce and season with one teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Set aside.
Boil the spaghetti in salted water for three minutes less than the package’s al dente time while the beef cooks.
- Return to the pot after draining and thoroughly combine with 1 cup of marinara sauce. Place aside.
- Mix the cream cheese, ricotta cheese, garlic powder, and the remaining teaspoon of Italian seasoning in a medium bowl. Blend well.
- Put the casserole together: In the 9″ x 13″ pan, arrange half of the spaghetti in an even layer. Spread the cheese mixture over the spaghetti in an even layer. Over the cheese, arrange the remaining spaghetti in a single layer. Over the top of the spaghetti, distribute the beef and sauce mixture evenly. Apply mozzarella cheese as a sprinkle.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Broil it for two to three minutes if you want it to be browner, but keep an eye on it to prevent the cheese from burning.
- Serve right away.
Making Ahead: The casserole may be assembled up to 24 hours beforehand. Allow it to cool before wrapping it in foil or plastic wrap and putting it in the fridge. While the oven heats up, remove it from the refrigerator and place it on the counter.
Storage: Remainders are safe for up to three days. Reheat pieces in the microwave or the full pan in the oven after keeping tightly covered in the refrigerator.
Freezer: Although freezing this meal after it has been baked is not advised, it is a fantastic recipe to prepare ahead of time! Wrapped tightly in foil, unbaked spaghetti dish can be frozen for up to a month. Bake as recommended after thawing in the refrigerator overnight.