Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole


Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole
Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole - Joyful Momma's Kitchen

This Million Dollar Spaghetti casserole recipe is all over Pinterest lately.  We love it AND, it is freezer friendly.  I doubled the recipe and made two 8X8 pans to eat this week and then froze a 9X13 pan to have later.  This is comfort food at its finest!

Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole



  • 16 oz spaghetti noodles
  • 2 lb jar of marinara sauce
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheese I use cheddar/colby blend


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9X13 pan or two 8X8 pans.
  2. Boil noodles according to package, drain and stir with a drizzle of olive oil so they don't stick together.
  3. In a stand mixer combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, and sour cream. Mix well and set aside.
  4. Brown ground beef and onion until no longer pink. Drain. Add in jar of marinara sauce and stir.
  5. Begin by layering half of the noodles in the bottom of your greased pan.
  6. Top with ⅔ cup shredded parmesan cheese.
  7. Layer on the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Top with remaining noodles.
  9. Spread marinara sauce with ground beef over top.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes then sprinkle with 2 cups cheese and return to oven for another 15 minutes.
  11. Let cook for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
  12. Enjoy!
  13. *If you want to freeze this, double wrap the casserole in heavy duty foil with instructions written on top. Thaw over night in fridge and top with cheese the last 15 minutes as directed.
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  1. Delicious! My granddaughter made this recipe (at half the recipe) for the two of us and it was great the next day too! Yum Yum

  2. This was pretty good, but I would definitely put sauce in the middle of the casserole and not just on top.. Like on top of the first layers of noodles.

  3. This was delicious! I made two 8x8 pans. I put mozzerella cheese on one and Mexican mix on the other. I preferred the mozzerella cheese one more.

  4. Looks awesome and it's on my meal plan for this weekend! One question step 11 supposed to say "Let cool..." instead of "Let cook for 15 minutes before slicing and serving." Thanks!

    1. I think I can answer this for you--yes! I've made other recipes like this, and they all say to "let cool for 10 minutes" before serving.

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  6. I made this today, it was wonderful. It's perfect for a pot luck or a large gathering. It was only my husband and I so I have ALOT of leftovers, and unforunately not enough freezer space. However, very economical and easy to prepare! Wonderful recipe.

  7. This is a very good recipe! I have even frozen it in an ice cream bucket so I could cook it in my round crock pot.

    Just spray an ice cream bucket with Pam-like stuff. Build your casserole right in the bucket, omitting the top layer of cheese. Label bucket. Put the cheese topping in a zipper bag. Freeze all. Once frozen, put the cheese bag into the bucket on top of the frozen casserole.

    When it's time to cook, just pop it out of the bucket and put it into the crockpot, reserving the topping until later. Set on low and cook for 5-8 hours (unless your crock cooks "hot", then check at 4 hours). Top with cheese about 1/2 hour before serving. cover until melted.

    If you are squeezed for freezer space, you can stack frozen "disks" of the same casserole in a bucket. My 5qt. buckets easily fit two recipes.

  8. You had me at freezer meal! My husband loves spaghetti in any form, and I've been trying to prepare a couple of freezer meals for when we have a baby in December so I can have a couple on hand. I'll be making this tonight!

    1. Hi Nicole! I hope you both like it. I am due at the end of December is really sneaking up on us.

  9. My mother made something similar with "leftover" spaghetti, but this looks even better! Can't wait to try it. Happy Halloween, XOXO

    1. Happy Halloween Susan! I hope this recipe brings back good memories for you and I think it tastes really great. Enjoy!

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