Million Dollar Spaghetti

You need a million dollars to make this recipe! Nah, just kidding. This recipe uses simple ingredients and is inexpensive to make but it tastes like a million dollars. That’s where the name comes from. It is widely known as million dollar spaghetti but I’ve also heard it called spaghetti lasagna. That’s because it uses similar ingredients and is layered like a lasagna.


You will note that I used angel hair pasta instead of spaghetti noodles. That’s just a personal preference but either will work. Our family just prefers the thinner noodles. There is a ton of dairy products in this recipe so it’s not the most figure friendly recipe. I wouldn’t recommend it for your regular weekly meal rotation but on occasion it is a treat for us.


By using spaghetti or angel hair noodles for this recipe instead of lasagna noodles, you get quite a big portion. This casserole dish is about 4 inches tall and is filled to the brim with layers of goodness. Serve this along side some garlic bread and a salad and you have a perfect Italian meal. Finisci di Mangiare!



Million Dollar Spaghetti


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 stick butter
  • 8 oz spaghetti noodles
  • 1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine cottage cheese, sour cream and cream cheese.
  • Brown ground beef with onion and seasonings.
  • While browning the meat, boil the spaghetti noodles and drain; set aside.
  • Once the meat is browned and drained, add spaghetti sauce and warm.
  • Place some slices of butter along the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  • Put half the spaghetti noodles on top of the butter.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over noodles.
  • Top with the remainder of the noodles and put some butter slices on top.
  • Spread meat mixture over the top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and then top with cheese.
  • Put the dish back in the oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted.

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