Yield: 12 servings

Million Dollar Spaghetti

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

This hearty baked spaghetti casserole is loaded with flavor. Million Dollar Spaghetti is a cheesy, meaty weeknight dinner recipe!


  • 1 lb spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 jars (24 oz each) marinara sauce, any variety
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup butter, sliced
  • parsley, for garnish


  1. Cook the noodles according to package directions.
  2. Add 1 jar of the sauce to the cooked noodles. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, brown ground beef and Italian sausage with onion and garlic. Drain grease and add the second jar of marinara sauce to the cooked meat. Set aside.
  4. In a bowl, combine cottage cheese with cream cheese, sour cream, and half of mozzarella cheese. Set aside.
  5. Add butter cubes to the bottom of a 13×9 deep dish casserole.
  6. Spread half of the spaghetti (with sauce) in the bottom of the dish.
  7. Top with ALL of the cheese mixture.
  8. Follow up with the remaining half of the pasta (with sauce).
  9. Add all the meat sauce to the top of the million dollar casserole.
  10. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese on top, with the grated parmesan.
  11. Bake casserole UNCOVERED in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.


  • If you prefer meatless, load up your sauce with green peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, and/or eggplant! Simmer the vegetables of your choice with your marinara sauce to cook them down and soften the texture.
  • Assemble baked spaghetti up to 24 hours in advance if desired. Keep covered in refrigerator and add an extra 15 minutes to baked time if chilled.
  • Freeze casserole by covering with foil and freezing for up to 30 days. Thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours before baking. I don’t recommend baking from frozen as it will dry out.
  • Swap out the cottage cheese for ricotta for a more classic flavor!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 503Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 770mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 29g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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