Million Dollar Casserole Recipe (Spaghetti Casserole)

Rich and creamy cheesy pasta, what more could you ask for? Million Dollar Casserole is sure to be a hit in your house with all the wonderful creamy flavors.
Million Dollar Casserole Recipe (Spaghetti Casserole)

One of our most popular recipes on our website is this Million Dollar Casserole (also known as Spaghetti Casserole).

It is one of my family’s favorite weeknight dinner recipes.

Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole is great the first night and is just as good for leftovers.

You can even double the recipe and freeze the second one for later.  

Make some of our 30 Minute Homemade Rolls Recipe to go with it and you have the perfect meal.

ingredients in million dollar casserole

Ingredients Needed For Our Million Dollar Casserole:

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Cream cheese
  • Sour Cream 
  • Cottage cheese 
  • Ground beef (or you can use turkey if you prefer)
  • Jar of spaghetti sauce
  • Butter
  • Cheddar cheese
million dollar casserole in a white pan

How To Make Million Dollar Casserole:

Begin by preheating the oven 350 degrees. 

Then cook the spaghetti noodles according to the package. 

While the noodles are cooking, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese in a medium mixing bowl. 

Note: there might be a few chunks from the cottage cheese, but just make sure it is all mixed together well. 

meat sauce with spaghetti sauce

Now, place the ground beef in a large skillet and cook it until browned and cooked through, then drain the grease from the pan. 

After the meat has been drained, pour the spaghetti sauce over the meat and mix it together well. 

Use a 9×13 inch pan and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. 

Put half of the cooked noodles in the bottom of the pan.

spaghetti noodles in bottom of pan

Then, pour the creamy cheese mixture on top of the noodles and spread it out evenly. 

cottage cheese layer of casserole spread on top of noodles

Next, spread the rest of the noodles on top and then slice up the butter and distribute it evenly throughout the pan. 

Once all the noodles and butter have been added pour all of the meat sauce on top of the noodles, making sure it all gets covered. 

meat sauce layer on noodles of casserole

Now, put the dish in the oven, uncovered for 30 minutes. 

After 30 minutes, take the dish out and spread the shredded cheddar cheese over top and return it to the oven for another 15 minutes. 

spaghetti casserole on a plate with rolls

Then, take it out and serve it with your favorite sides.

Looking for another casserole? Try our Cowboy Casserole!

Be sure to have these items for this Six Sisters’ casserole:

  1. 9×13 baking dish (like THIS one)
  2. Large pot
  3. Large skillet
  4. Colander/strainer
  5. Nonstick cooking spray 

Make Your Own Pasta Sauce:

If you have already done your canning for the year, you can always use your canned pasta sauce in this recipe.

If not, try this homemade pasta sauce recipe from Mom On Timeout and use it in place of the jar of pasta sauce.

We have a few more favorites that you should try out! Like our Baked Spaghetti, our easy Chicken Spaghetti , our Healthy Ground Turkey Spaghetti Sauce and our fresh Spaghetti Salad recipe! These are are all so simple to make.

close up of million dollar spaghetti casserole in a 9x13 pan

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Serves:
10

Million Dollar Casserole (Spaghetti Casserole) Recipe

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5 from
3 votes

Layers of cheesy pasta and creamy sauce make this casserole a family favorite.    
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 5 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles (uncooked)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces cottage cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef (you could also use ground turkey)
  • 26 ounces spaghetti sauce (1 jar)
  • ¼ cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook noodles as directed on the package.
  • While your noodles are boiling, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese in a medium-sized bowl until smooth (there might be a couple of bumps from the cottage cheese, but make sure it’s all mixed together well).
  • Place ground beef in a large skillet and brown until completely cooked through. Drain grease well.
  • Pour spaghetti sauce over the meat and mix well.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Layer half of the cooked noodles in the bottom of the dish. Pour the creamy cheese mixture on top of the noodles and spread it around evenly. Next, add the rest of the noodles on top of the cheese mix layer and spread the noodles out to cover the pan. Then, slice up the butter and place it on top of the noodles throughout the pan. 
  • Once the noodle and cheese layers have been put together, pour the red meat sauce on top and cover the noodles completely. 
  • Cook it uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Once the 30 minutes is up, take the casserole out of the oven and cover the whole thing with cheddar cheese. Then return it back to the oven to cook for another 15 minutes. 

Notes

  • When cooking it from frozen: Expect to add 50% to the cooking time and you might also want to reduce the oven temp by 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Be ready to cover your casserole in aluminum foil so the top doesn’t get too brown. Or you can thaw and bake it as usual.

Nutrition

Calories: 414 kcal
·
Carbohydrates: 23 g
·
Protein: 19 g
·
Fat: 28 g
·
Saturated Fat: 14 g
·
Cholesterol: 88 mg
·
Sodium: 689 mg
·
Potassium: 491 mg
·
Fiber: 2 g
·
Sugar: 5 g
·
Vitamin A: 946 IU
·
Vitamin C: 5 mg
·
Calcium: 153 mg
·
Iron: 2 mg

Equipment

  • 9×13-inch Baking Pan
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Large Skillet

Recipe Details

Course:
Main Course
Cuisine:
American

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Million Dollar Casserole being served out of a 9x13 pan

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