Million Dollar Spaghetti

When all else fails — make spaghetti.

Isn’t that the truth?  When your day doesn’t go as planned, but you still need dinner, you can always make spaghetti.

When you have carved out enough time out of your day to prepare a meal for your family, but then a friend calls and took up that time, you can always make spaghetti.

Lucky for you, today’s post is about spaghetti.


But not ordinary spaghetti.

Million. Dollar. Spaghetti.

What if you didn’t have to make just spaghetti but could make Million Dollar Spaghetti?  Even though your kids might call it ba-sketti, they might nominate you for mother of the year award – if only you made Million Dollar Spaghetti.  Your husband might pick you up and twirl you around and plant a kiss on your forehead – if only you made Million Dollar Spaghetti.  Neighbors would want you to join their garden club, card club and Junior League Society – if only you made Million Dollar Spaghetti.

Well, here’s your chance to become all you’ve ever dreamed you could be, because now you too can make Million Dollar Spaghetti pinned from Being Grown Up.

Here we go with the ingredients lineup:

*1 lb of ground beef

*1 jar of spaghetti sauce

*8 oz of cream cheese

*1/4 cup sour cream

*1/2 lb cottage cheese

*1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

*1 pkg spaghetti 16 oz

*Grated cheddar cheese


Preheat your oven to 350°. Boil your spaghetti noodles until al dente (firm).  Drain and set aside until ready to assemble.

Combine the cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese until well blended.

Brown  your hamburger and when done, drain well.  Combine the hamburger with your spaghetti sauce.

Ready for assembly?

1.  Put a few slices of butter into a 9×13 pan then pour half of your spaghetti noodles on top.

2.  Take your cream cheese mixture and pour on top of the noodles. Spread well over noodles.DSC_0807

Okay, minor confession here.  If you look closely, you will not see any noodles underneath my cream cheese mixture.  That’s because I messed up and poured this  in first before my noodles.  AACK!  Don’t you hate when you do that?.  Yeah, so I scooped it out, put my noodles in and then spread the cream cheese mixture on the noodles.


Alright.  Now we can proceed.

3. Pour the rest of the noodles on top of the cream cheese mixture.  Put a few more slices of butter on top of the noodles.  And no, this is not a Paula Deen recipe!DSC_08094. Pour your spaghetti and meat sauce on top of your noodles:DSC_0812

Now it is ready to put into the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, pour the desired amount of grated cheese on top and return to the oven for 15 minutes to allow cheese to melt.When all else fails - make spaghetti. But not just any spaghetti, make Million Dollar Spaghetti and your family will think you slaved in the kitchen all day. It will be our little secret. madefrompinterest.netSo when your day is crazy and all else fails – make spaghetti.

Million. Dollar. Spaghetti.

Your family will think you slaved away in the kitchen all day.  It will be our little secret.

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Let's chat!

  1. I’ve been making spaghetti every morning for 11+ years for Taylor (it has to be fresh, not day-old, ughhh!!!) so I obviously don’t make spaghetti for my family since I already make it daily….but if you say it’s MILLION DOLLAR spaghetti, I just might have to try it!!!

    • Dorene! Daily? You are an amazing mom…Taylor is lucky to have you! But this IS pretty yummy!! Deb

  2. Just made this for dinner tonight and it was very yummy! Even my husband, who is very picky, LOVED it! Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Jenny! {{squealing with delight!}} So glad that the hubster liked it! Thanks for your kind comments! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  3. Do you think you can use the same cream cheese/sour cream mixture as a substitute for ricotta in lasagna?

    • Hi Cheryl! Oh I am so glad! It’s a keeper for our family! Thanks for your kind comments. Deb – The Oldest Sister

    • Hi Amber! Congratulations on your second child!! That is so exciting. I would think this could freeze. I’ve frozen lasagne before and it turned out fine. Let me know if it worked for you! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  4. May be a dumb question, but do you mix it all up before serving? Would it be easier to mix it all (minus the cheese) before putting in the dish to bake?

    • Hi Amber! We didn’t mix it up, we just kinda cut/scooped it out after it was cooked. I’m guessing that mixing it up before cooking would work just fine. Let me know how you like it! Deb – The Oldest

    • Hi Mandy! Wow…I’m so sorry that the link was weird but glad you found the recipe cause it’s a winner! Sure hope you like it! Deb – The Oldest Sister

    • Hi Alethea! It goes on the top. I just happened to take a picture before it was cooked with the cheese on top! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  5. This recipe was delicious!! My husband and I enjoy any kind of pasta dish, but this one just set itself apart from the others. Wow! I did have to make a few substitutions working with what I had on hand, but it turned out great! Used whole wheat noodles, ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese, and instead of plain cream cheese, I used the cream cheese and chives option. Will definitely be checking out more of your yummy recipes!!

    • Hi Meg! Oh I am so glad that you liked it! Those changes sound great…especially putting in the ricotta cheese! Thanks for the idea! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  6. I am planning of making this for a group of people over the July 4th — could I make ahead of time and freeze and then heat??

    • Hi Kelly! I am guessing that you can assemble, freeze and then cook. I’ve done that before with a lasagne recipe and it cooked up just fine. I’d love to hear how it turns out! Deb – The Oldest Sister

    • Hi Whitney! Ya know, I think a lot of other people feel the same way. I would try substituting ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese and I’m sure it will taste just as million dollarish! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  7. When you say a package of spaghetti, am i right to assume a 16 oz package? I’m such a bad guess at how much is enough since I pull mine from a jar. And a half pound of cottage cheese would be 16 oz? For some reason, our containers were only 12 oz. I put in a little bit more sour cream to smooth it out. I’m not much of a cook, so I love recipes like this that are something I can handle! Thanks! =)

    • Hi Carrie! Yes on the 16oz package of spaghetti but the cottage cheese would be 8 oz or around a cup or so. And I’m always for more sour cream!! Enjoy! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  8. I can not wait to make this and if its great ( which how could that not be? ) I am going to use fettuccine, cooked chicken and alfredo sauce the next time !!! YUM!! Thank you for helping me plan my meal this week!

    • Hi Tera! What a great idea with the fettucine, chicken and alfredo! Hmmmm…it’s giving me lots of ideas! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  9. I made this tonight using gluten-free spaghetti and mushrooms and onion instead of meat…it was delicious. I love the light texture of the cheese mixture. Next time I think I’d add a second layer of sauce in the middle, maybe just above the bottom layer of noodles…great recipe!

    • So glad you liked it. I personally love mushrooms and will add some next time. Thanks for the tip! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  10. I’m heading to the store now! I have a ladies meeting tomorrow, and I’m suppose to bring “girly” food. Million Dollar Spaghetti sounds “girly” to me.

  11. I made this for dinner tonight. Overall, a success! I used less butter (about 1/2), and I think it still turned out great! I also used the low-fat versions of the cream cheese, cottage cheese, and sour cream. Will incorporate veggies next time too!

  12. Do you think it would ruin it to leave out the cottage cheese. I dont have it, or ricotta on hand, and want to make this tonight but dont have time to go to the store.

    • Hi Robby! I know that I have frozen lasagna dishes before and they turned out just fine, so my guess would be that you could freeze this. Let me know if it works! Deb – The Oldest Sister

    • Hi Margaret! Yes it is a 9×13. I can’t believe no one else has caught that before now. Thanks so much for the heads up! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  13. Made this for dinner tonight and it was wonderful! I used ricotta cheese rather than cottage cheese. And I had provalone slices on the top. Yummy. I will definitely make this again. You got a winner!

  14. Making this for supper tonight! I didn’t have any thawed ground beef….so hubby suggested using pork sausage that we would normally use for Pizza….fried it up and will try it out tonight!!

    • Cathy…Oh.My.Word. What a great idea! I’m thinking that it is going to be deee-lish! Let me know how it turns out! Deb – The Oldest Sister

      • It was DEEELISH! I put mushrooms in it as well between the cottage cheese mixtures layer and the sauce! My 6yr old asked if we could have leftovers tonight!!

        • Cathy – don’t you love those dishes that your family likes! Now those are keepers! Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know! Deb

  15. Since it is a recipe for spaghetti, I am surprised it calls for cheddar cheese, instead of parmesan or romano or mozzarella. Have you ever tried it with a different cheese than cheddar?

  16. I have been making this for years!!! I am always asked for the recipe!!! I do NOT use all the butter that you do. I do butter the noodle(yes I use egg noodles) but only a little to keep then from skicking together. I spray the pan with non-stick first. Also I use 2 cans of sauce. Spread sauce on bottom of the pan then the rest is the same. I add onions, mushrooms ,bell peppers, black olives any thing I want that to add really!!! I also seanon the cheese mixture with salt, pepper, garlic powder and add chopped green onions some times. I make it my own that way!!! :)

    • Mabel…that sounds dee-lish! I’ll have to get brave and try some variations. Thanks for the suggestion! Deb – The Oldest Sister

    • Hi Courtney! One pkg of 16oz spaghetti is what I used and I’ve updated the recipe. Thanks for the heads up! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  17. So excited to make this for a new mama friend. Are there any adjustments to the recipe if I put it in a 9 x 9 square pan? Do you think the recipe would make enough for two square pans?

    • Hi Mary! mmmm…not quite sure if it would make two square pans but I say go for it and see. I would follow the recipe as is and hopefully it will stretch. I think you might just be ok. Thanks for stopping by! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  18. I am making this at this moment…..I am a huge spaghetti woman so looking forward to trying it. I we are more of a swiss chess type person so will add this to top instead.. What a great meal to make when everyone is in the field… never have a idea what time they may call it quits… Thank you will let you no what we think….

    • Hi Jennise! Right? This is now my go to recipe for everything. Thanks so much for your kind comment! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  19. My husband is 23 and very picky. It has gotten wose now that he is going through chemo but he loves this recipe. I am keeping this stocked in the fridge.

    • Barbara, I am so glad to hear this. I too went through a year of chemo. What kind of cancer does your husband have? Give him my best thoughts! Deb xoxoxo

    • Hi Bethany! I think it would be just fine if made the day before. I would bake for the same amount of time and then check it to see if it’s hot enough. It might be just fine. Good luck! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  20. I am a teenager and I’m making this for my family right now to practice my cooking! I’m going to add some green peppers and onions and I don’t have any cottage cheese or ricotta so I may just add a little more shredded cheese on top! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hi Ashley! I’m sure you will love it, but let me know how it goes! Thanks so much for your kind comment! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  21. Made this last night and was in awe at how good it was. Great recipe! Added some fresh basil ans spinach for some green.

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    • Hi Jessica! I don’t think either you or they will be disappointed! No pressure…right? lol I’d love to hear how it turns out! Deb – The Oldest Sister

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  25. Making the dish tonight and it looks yummy! Can not wait to try it. The family is a bit picky, so a bit anxious to try it :)

    • Shari….woot! I am so glad that you liked it. Pretty yummy, right? Thanks so much for letting us know. Made my day. Deb – The Oldest Sister

  26. What size jar of sauce did you use? I used a standard size of Prego and it wasn’t nearly enough for 1 lb of meat, let alone an entire box of spaghetti! Also we found there was way too much of the cheese mixture–more than the sauce, actually, and it was much too rich for our taste. I’ll make it again, but heavily modified, with just ricotta instead, and twice the sauce. Will probably leave out that 2nd layer of butter, too, it just seemed unnecessary.

    • I did just use a standard jar of Prego which for us worked out fine. The great thing about this recipe is that you can adapt it. Many readers have shared how they have modified it which turned out to their liking. I’d love to hear how yours turns out if you make this again! Thanks so much for stopping by! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  27. I always thought this was a family recipe in my husbands family. I don’t use the cottage cheese, change to 8 oz cream cheese and 8 oz sour cream with 6 green onions sliced using mostly the green. It freezes very well, everything is cooked. I make it often and take to shut in’s or someone who needs a meal carried in. Sometimes I cut into individual servings and freeze for a quick meal when hubby is out of town.

    • Hi Jana! Oh I can see that this would be a great dish to bring to someone who needs a meal. Great idea! And freezing in individual servings? You’re a genius! Deb – The Oldest Sister

    • Hi Sandy, I would say this will feed 6-8 adults but I bet you won’t have any leftovers! Deb – The Oldest Sister

    • I baked uncovered and then add the cheese. Now that I know that you are making this right now, I have a craving for it! Good Luck! Deb – The Oldest Sister

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