Million Dollar Spaghetti

I saw this recipe online, and I was going to be making food for someone who loves pasta, so I thought I’d give it a try. It is basically super dressed up spaghetti baked like a lasagna. I was curious to see how spaghetti worked in this format.

The recipe calls for marinara sauce and you could totally use from scratch sauce for this but I used my favorite jarred sauce with some added onion, garlic, seasonings and ground beef. You can also use 50/50 ground beef and Italian sausage for the sauce.

You basically prepare this like you would a lasagna. Make the spaghetti, make the sauce, make the cheese mixture, and then layer it all in a pan with parmesan.

The cheese layer for this is made with cream cheese, sour cream, and either ricotta or cottage cheese (I used ricotta). I was worried this might be a rich, but I guess that is why it is called million dollar spaghetti 🙂

After you bake the pasta for about 30 minutes, you let it cool down for a full 15 minutes so that you can cut it into squares. I think this would probably be easier to serve with a different pasta shape, but there is something satisfying about the spaghetti in it.

Million Dollar Spaghetti

Layered baked spaghetti with meat sauce, ricotta and cream cheese and parmesan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Servings 15 servings


  • 16 oz spaghetti
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion minced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 24 oz pasta sauce
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 2 cups shredded moz
  • 2/3 cup grated parm
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat oven to 350. In a large skillet over medium heat cook the beef and season with salt and pepper. Drain the grease. Add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes. Add the sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes and then set aside.
  • Combine the cream cheese, sour cream and ricotta and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the pasta according to directions and drain well.
  • Put half the pasta in to a 9×13 pan (I used 2 8×8 pans). Cover with cheese layer. Add the other 1/2 of the noodles. Top with the meat sauce. Cover with the shredded moz and parmesan. Bake for 30-40 min until bubbling and browned.
  • Wait 15 minutes and then cut into squares and serve.
Keyword Beef, Main Dish, Pasta

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