Creamy Baked Spaghetti

This baked spaghetti recipe is going to quickly become a new family favorite. I don’t even make regular spaghetti anymore – we all love this comfort food version too much!Creamy Baked Spaghetti Recipe by | 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.

This baked spaghetti recipe is creamy dreamy perfection!

Creamy Baked Spaghetti Recipe by | 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.

It feels wrong to eat cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese by the spoonful, but I’m telling you right now that if you taste that mixture, you’ll want to eat the whole bowl.

Move over, lasagna. We don’t need you. <— Yes. I just said that and I don’t regret it one bit.

(Unless we’re talking about my taco lasagna. I still need that guy.)

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!

A lot of the recipes similar to this include a whole stick of butter in the dish. I’m telling you, I love butter just as much (more?) than the next guy, but it makes literally no difference in flavor in this dish.

I’ve tried it. It’s not worth the extra calories.

An easy dinner recipe full of pasta, cheese, and tomato sauce.

I have a stove top version of this recipe, if you’re short on time! I usually still go for this baked spaghetti recipe, but the stove top one is great in a pinch! Here’s the recipe for this cream cheese pasta sauce!

Out of all of the baked spaghetti recipes, I hope you try this one! I truly think you’ll love it!

And yes!! Ricotta cheese works just fine as a replacement for cottage cheese. I get asked that question a lot.

I’ve never actually tried it with ricotta, because my family looooooves cottage cheese. We even use it in lasagna!

But, I have no doubts that it will work just fine. So enjoy!

Baked Spaghetti is definitely a favorite in our house!

This low carb keto recipe is perfect for a family dinner! Even my kids love these zoodles!

We have a tendency to eat this a little too often considering that we’d all like our pants to still fit. That’s why I created a low carb version!

It’s not quite as decadent, but it’s so good and perfectly satisfying. You’ll love my cream cheese zoodles!

Even my kids eat zucchini noodles when they’re covered in this sauce!

I hope you give this one a try and your family enjoys it as much as mine does.

I’m not sure how anyone could dislike all this creamy cheesy goodness, to be honest! 😉

Creamy Baked Spaghetti

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 40 mins
Serves 6     adjust servings


  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles, cooked al dente and drained
  • 1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 24 ounce 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the cooked beef and spaghetti sauce.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.


Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 848kcal Calories from fat 418
% Daily Value
Total Fat 46g 71%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 944mg 39%
Carbohydrate 70g 23%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 12g
Protein 36g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g


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