Creamy Baked Spaghetti

Creamy Baked Spaghetti Recipe by bunsinmyoven.com | This is our family's FAVORITE recipe and it's quick and easy, too!

I’ve been holding out on you.

My family’s favorite recipe. The one we eat over and over and over again. The one that every single person in my family, even the girl who hates everything, will eat. The one that is basically comfort on a plate.

This recipe, you guys. It’s a winner in my family and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a winner in your family, too.

Creamy Baked Spaghetti Recipe by bunsinmyoven.com | This is our family's FAVORITE recipe and it's quick and easy, too!

Just one word of warning…the creamy white sauce that goes in the pasta? Don’t sneak a taste of it before you add it to the pasta. Just don’t. You’ll end up eating plain spaghetti, because once you start, you can’t stop. It’s amazing.

Move over, lasagna. We don’t need you.

baked spaghetti

I’ve seen this called Million Dollar Spaghetti all over the internet. I think it’s also pretty similar to Cheddar’s spasagna recipe, but it’s been so many years since I’ve had that, so I could be wrong! Whatever you want to call this dish, I’m sure it’s going to be a new family favorite!

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Creamy Baked Spaghetti

Ingredients:

1 pound spaghetti noodles, cooked al dente and drained
1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
1 jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13 baking dish.
In a medium bowl, mix together the cooked beef and spaghetti sauce.
In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese until smooth, creamy, and well combined. Salt and pepper to taste.
Place half of the cooked spaghetti in the bottom of the baking dish. Dollop half of the cream cheese mixture over the spaghetti as evenly as possible. Spread with half of the meat mixture. Repeat the layers once and top with cheddar cheese.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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43 Responses to “Creamy Baked Spaghetti”

  1. Tieghan June 7, 2013 @ 6:20 am (#
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    Looks so good!! I could eat one big plate right now!

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  2. Gloria @ Simply Gloria June 7, 2013 @ 8:21 am (#
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    I love using all of those creamy cheeses…sour cream and all that yummy goodness in with spaghetti! It’s a little bit more creative and fun (not to mention easier than making lasanga!). Thank you for sharing this “multi million dollar dish”! Have a happy Friday!

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  3. becky w June 7, 2013 @ 8:49 am (#
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    Karly,
    I am wondering if you could substitute ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese. I know it would not be as healthy, but i have this thing about the texture of cottage cheese. You know, we all have to have a phobia about something.
    Thanks Becky W.

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  4. Belinda @themoonblushbaker June 7, 2013 @ 8:54 am (#
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    My mum used to feed this to our family when we had not done the shopping and it was the left overs in our fridge. Cheese, pasta and tomatoes. Really how can get go wrong?

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  5. Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen June 7, 2013 @ 9:20 am (#
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    Oh my, this looks incredible. My family makes a dish called lazyman’s lasagna, where we mix all the ingredients for lasagna with some penne pasta, throw it in a pan and bake it. All the while my husband yells in the background.. “That’s not Lasagna”. I think I’ll try your recipe but call it creamy baked lasagna ;)

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  6. Angie | Big Bear's Wife June 7, 2013 @ 9:32 am (#
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    I love baked spaghetti…. I also love crock pot cream -cheese spaghetti so this would totally be a favorite of mine. Putting it on my menu for next week!

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  7. Annie @ Annie's Noms June 7, 2013 @ 10:08 am (#
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    Oh wow, this looks amazing! I could really do with a plate of this now, craving comfort food and spaghetti and cheese sounds drool-worthy!

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  8. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet June 7, 2013 @ 11:53 am (#
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    Cream cheese in pasta! Yum!

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  9. Tahnycooks June 7, 2013 @ 12:05 pm (#
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    My boys (me too) would devour this in 3.3 seconds! Soooo yummy looking!

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  10. Mimi @ Culinary Couture June 7, 2013 @ 12:07 pm (#
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    I have ALWAYS loved cream cheese in my spaghetti! This looks heavenly.

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  11. nessa June 7, 2013 @ 12:33 pm (#
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    This looks like a dream!

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  12. Kathy June 7, 2013 @ 12:55 pm (#
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    Looks divine! My kids would love this!

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  13. Liz June 7, 2013 @ 1:16 pm (#
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    Thank you, Karly, for the nice recipe.

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  14. Abby June 7, 2013 @ 1:36 pm (#
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    this. looks. incredible!

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  15. dot brooks June 7, 2013 @ 2:51 pm (#
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    this has to be the best recipe ever!

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  16. YinMom YangMom Allie June 7, 2013 @ 5:46 pm (#
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    Oooooh, man, that looks so good, Karly! So satisfying! I will have to bookmark this one. ;)

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  17. Cathie Hardy June 7, 2013 @ 6:10 pm (#
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    Replaced the cottage cheese with ricotta and the Cheddar cheese with fresh mozzarella. Yummo!

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  18. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 7, 2013 @ 9:48 pm (#
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    Why have I never tried baked spaghetti?! I’m in love with this creamy version!

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  19. Joanne June 8, 2013 @ 6:51 pm (#
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    I rarely feel like making lasagna so hello perfect dinner solution!

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  20. Kim Beaulieu June 9, 2013 @ 7:37 pm (#
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    This is one of our faves too. Your version is spectacular. I just want to dig right in.

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  21. Krysten June 10, 2013 @ 6:00 pm (#
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    Made this tonight using spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti and it was DELICIOUS!!!!

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  22. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork June 10, 2013 @ 8:32 pm (#
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    You really were holding out!! This looks so good!! I’ve pinned the recipe, so I can make this in the fall…. or if we get a random cold summer day. Which in Chicago, we probably will! (I hate using my oven when it gets warm outside.)

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  23. Kathy Faberge June 12, 2013 @ 7:46 pm (#
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    I made this yesterday. Only one word to describe it – DELICIOUS!

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  24. Bill aka "ArizonaBill" June 15, 2013 @ 1:47 pm (#
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    This recipes is fantastic ! And it’s going to the Pot-Luck dinner at my church this next weekend.
    Karley, thanks. I’m always looking for great recipes. I am starting up my own little (not for Profit) cooking site and would love to feature some of your recipes, full credit would be given to you should you grant me permission to publish.
    Bill, aka “ArizonaBill”

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  25. Alicia June 19, 2013 @ 12:04 pm (#
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    Hi Karley, I was just wondering if you could make this ahead of time and freeze it once it been cooled and baked to have as a meal once my new arrival comes. Please let me know when you can! Thanks in advance! Alicia.

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    Karly Reply:

    Hi Alicia!

    I’ve never tried freezing this, but I imagine it work just fine. It’s so similar to lasagna that I think it would be great! I think that I might try freezing it before baking, though. Then again, I very rarely freeze foods like this, so if you’re more of a pro, do what you think is best! ;)

    Karly

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  26. Oh my word! This looks so comforting!

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  27. Alison@the barefoot home June 30, 2013 @ 7:31 pm (#
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    Awesome!I made this for my women’s group at church tonight. Huge hit! Everyone loved it. This will be a regular at my house
    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

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    Karly Reply:

    Yay! Glad y’all enjoyed it!

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  28. Amy August 5, 2013 @ 6:50 pm (#
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    Love your recipe. Tweeked it for my family a little. I don’t eat ground beef anymore, so I use a ground turkey/ ground sausage mix. They love it. We also added some spinach, corn and zucchini in there for added veggies. Went over great! Definitely made it to the family recipe book

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  29. Neil October 13, 2013 @ 4:21 pm (#
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    Awesome. Made with adding ricotta replacing cottage cheese (only because I didnt have cottage cheese!). Turned out fantastic

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  30. Gina November 6, 2013 @ 2:32 pm (#
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    I wanted to slim it down a bit, so used greek yogurt to replace the sour cream, and used both lowfat cottage cheese and cream cheese. I don’t think anyone would have noticed the difference. It turned out AMAZING!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Gina,

    Brilliant idea to swap out the sour cream with greek yogurt! You get some extra protein in there too! :)

    Glad you enjoyed it!

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  31. Amanda November 9, 2013 @ 11:25 pm (#
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    Hi just wondering what oz the jar of sauce is. I’m from Australia and our jar sizes might be different. Definitely going to try the Greek yoghurt idea though. I’ve used it to substitute in cakes and muffins and it works great?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Amanda,

    Sorry, Amanda! I’ve been on vacation! My jar was around 24 ounces. Just use the same amount you’d normally use for a pound of spaghetti. :)

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  32. Jennifer s November 21, 2013 @ 7:57 pm (#
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    Trying this for a Cub Scout potluck tonight, but I can tell just by putting it together that it will be a big hit. I sampled the filling with a cracker to check my seasoning, and you could easily tweak the cream cheese/sour cream/cottage cheese combo with some seasonings and make a yummy dip! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  33. Cherryl January 29, 2014 @ 4:13 pm (#
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    This recipe was friggin WONDERFUL. I was wanting to do something different with a spaghetti dish and decided to look one up and found yours. I am SO glad I found YOURS!!! I made it Tuesday night (doubled it) so my daughter can take one home for her family and we ate one. DELICIOUS…. that’s all I can say. Everyone loved it and I can’t wait to make it again. Thank you

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    Karly Reply:

    Hi @Cherryl,

    So glad you liked this one! It’s a family favorite for sure! :)

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  34. Kris February 20, 2014 @ 6:38 pm (#
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    I was looking for a baked spaghetti recipe as my Grandmother used to make one for me as a kid. I found this which is similar as to the meat sauce and cheddar, but the cream cheese mixture was different. It sounded great, so is tried it tonight and my oldest son loved it! I substituted chicken meatballs that were pre-packaged and raw so I cooked them and crumbled them (I’m not a fan of beef). It was absolutely delicious and there is plenty of leftovers!

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  35. Kelly March 28, 2014 @ 9:13 am (#
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    This recipe truly has become a family favorite in our house! It’s also my “go to” meal when a meal needs to be taken to a church friend who has been ill (it’s awesome comfort food) thank you for the recipe!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Kelly,

    Awesome! So glad you like it!

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  36. Wowguy April 17, 2014 @ 9:24 pm (#
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    sounds delicious. my week s already booked with cooking

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  37. Annie April 19, 2014 @ 4:49 pm (#
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    I just put this in the oven and cannot wait to try it. I did make a few modifications. I added some oregano, basil and garlic powder to the cream cheese, cottage cheese and sour cream mixture. I also made it into a spaghetti pizza with onions, red peppers, mushrooms and pepperoni before the cheddar cheese. My two teenage boys are thrilled with this (I can never have enough food in the house for them!)

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