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  (equals 1 cup)

*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.

Not just any spaghetti. Million Dollar Spaghetti

So 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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Million Dollar Spaghetti
Recipe type: Main
  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz of cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ lb cottage cheese (equals 1 cup)
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 pkg spaghetti 16 oz
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°. Boil your spaghetti noodles until al dente (firm). Drain and set aside until ready to assemble.
  2. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese until well blended.
  3. Brown your hamburger and when done, drain well. Combine the hamburger with your spaghetti sauce.
  4. Put a few slices of butter into a 9x13 pan then pour half of your spaghetti noodles on top.
  5. Take your cream cheese mixture and pour on top of the noodles. Spread well over noodles.
  6. 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.
  7. Pour your spaghetti and meat sauce on top of your noodles.
  8. 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.



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  1. This recipe brings back so many memories…My mom used to make this when I was young! Definitely going to pin this one and make for the family!

    • Jeni, really? Your mom used to make this? Pretty neat! Deb

      • Donna Davis says:

        Sometimes I make a recipe straight up outta my head spur of the moment with things I have on hand, thinking I am SO creative and ORIGINAL…then I find the recipe on pinterest where someone has givin it a name and everything and been making it forever… Small world we live in… and GREAT minds think alike… and probably several more proverbs that I just haven’t thought of yet, LOL

        • LOL! I’m sure your recipe is worth a million dollars too! Deb

          • Hey, thanks so much for the recipe! My son and boyfriend are both very picky eaters, but they both like spaghetti so I figure ill whip this up tonight. However, my son is just under 2 years old and I am not too fond of him eating spaghetti noodles, would it make a difference if I substituted the spaghetti noodles for macaroni noodles? Thanks in advance!

          • Chelsea I have never made it with another noodle but I think macaroni noodles would work just fine. And if you can get a 2 year old to eat it, then it’s a winner!

  2. 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

  3. This seems similar to your artery clogging lasagna! I might have to try!!! Sounds yummy!

  4. 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

  5. Brittney says:

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

  6. Cheryl Hurdel says:

    Just made this tonight with a 4 & 6 year old. It was totally awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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

  7. This looks so yummy! Do you think I an freeze it before baking? Getting ready for baby #2…

    • 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

  8. THANKS for this recipe! I’m having a “guess I will just make spaghetti” day. Thanks for the new exciting twist!

  9. 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

  10. Looks SO yummy! I found you via pinterest but the original link took me to a window cleaner post so I had the fun (not sarcastic!) of browsing your blog until I found it!


    • 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

  11. Alethea says:

    Where does the grated cheddar cheese go?

    • 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Whitney says:

    I’ve never been a cottage cheese fan, can it be tasted in the finished dish?

    • 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

  15. 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

  16. Tera Kiser says:

    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

  17. 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

    • Kimberly says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you did a veggie version, I was scrolling looking for that. I was thinking of using Boca meat but that cooks totally different than just regular meat. Mushrooms, onion and spinach it is :) mmmm
      I might have to add chicken on the side for the hubby LOL

      • I love mushrooms! It will be a great addition with the onions and spinach. Seriously this is so yummy!

    • how did the gf spaghetti hold up ? what brand did you use ? there are 6 of us but only one is unable to eat gluten so i was trying to figure out if the GF noodles would work ok in this. some times they can get yuckey when over cooked and with the boiling and baking i wasn’t sure how they would do. or if there was a way to just make the sauce and have the noodles separate hummm

  18. Joy Walker says:

    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.

  19. 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!

  20. Angela Mikolajek says:

    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 Angela, I think it will be just fine without the cottage cheese. Go for it!!! Deb – The Oldest Sister

    • Angela, did you try it without the cottage cheese? I don’t have any either and was wondering if it worked without it.

  21. Can you freeze this?

    • 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

  22. Do you mean a 9×13 pan? I’m assuming the 9×3 is a typo….

    • 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

  23. Kathy Gerner says:

    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!

  24. 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

  25. 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?

  26. Just wondering and cant wait to try this..Do you have a spaghetti sauce that u like or dislike more than others.?

  27. 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

  28. One pkg, I’m assuming the smaller box?

    • 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

  29. Looks great!! What kind of taste is the finished product? Sweet??

    • Hi Javonne! I wouldn’t say it is sweet, more savory like a spaghetti. Thanks for stopping by! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  30. 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

  31. 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….

  32. Divine! Scrumptious! Better the next day! Thanks for the recipe, it was a hit a girls’ night.

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

  33. 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

  34. Oh my this sounds awesome pinning now thank you.

  35. Do you think it can be made a day in advance? Maybe just bake longer since its been in the fridge?

    • 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

  36. 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

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

  38. I’m making this tonight! It will most likely end up on my blog!! I’m so excited for this!!

  39. Stephanie says:

    I made this tonight and it was a hit! Thank you!!!! It will definitely stay in my recipe book!

  40. that is a really great dish! Thank you! Made it and my god…sooo..yummy!

  41. Making this for my future in-laws. I hope it’s good lol

    • 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

  42. Do you mix it all together once you take it out if the oven?

  43. Made this tonight using ground turkey, wonderful! Definitely a winner in our house. Thank you!

  44. 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 :)

  45. This recipe is fantastic. I topped it with 8 oz mozzarella. Delicious. I’ll never make lasagna again.

    • 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. How many adults would this recipe feed??

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

  49. I’m making as I message you , when I put it in the oven , do I cover it or uncovered ???

    • 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

  50. I have this in the oven right now! Actually using leftover noodles and sauce from Friday night, with lots of green peppers and onions. I’m also using 5 cheese italian rather than cheddar. I can smell it and it smells amazing! Thank you for this simple yet delicious recipe! Oh I also added a layer of shredded cheese under the sauce…can’t go wrong with more cheese =)

    • Jasmine….I agree! Can’t go wrong with more cheese! lol Your changes sound wonderful! Deb – The Oldest Sister

      • Could you please be more specific on amounts – I’m making it now – but was wondering….
        what SIZE jar of sauce — I’m hoping the 27 oz. is fine – :) Can’t wait to taste!!

        • Hi Kay! I am away from home but I’m pretty sure the jar is either 24 or 27 ounces. I think 27oz will be just fine! I promise you won’t be disappointed! Deb :o}

  51. I made this tonight with just a couple changes. I added 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan to the cottage cheese mixture and covered the top with shredded mozzarella cheese…AMAZING!!!

  52. I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it for dinner and it. is. amazing! I’ve am trying to learn how to cook, and I have never made Spaghetti or anything, so I thought this would be a good idea and not too hard to make, and I was right! Thank you for sharing, and excuse me while I go eat all of the leftovers.

    • Sarah you are my newest favorite person! So glad that you liked this…it made my day! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  53. I made this on Monday without the ground beef as I don’t eat meat….DELISH ! Did not seem as if anything was ” missing ” without the beef :) . Thanks for the recipe.

    Now the pan is empty….. I had a Million Dollars in Spaghetti and now I’m broke, haha !

  54. Making again today. This time without beef for my daughter. I am only making that one change because she does not eat beef but there is no need to change anything in this dish. This is so good. The cheese mixture and the butter make it extra special. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing your yummy ideas.

    • Hi Renee! I’ve had a couple of people tell me that they’ve made this without the beef and still loved it. It’s a keeper at our house too..glad you liked it! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  55. OMG! This is SOOOO good. I just made it but used mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar. The kids and hubby both got seconds. Thanks for a new family favorite.

  56. I just made this last night… HUGE hit w/ hubby and kids (10 and 3 yrs). One thing… i will use 1/2-3/4 the amt of cream cheese next time, it was a little too thick. None the less… delicious!!!!

    • Hi Johnna! Oh I am so glad to hear that your family liked it! We’ve had lots of people tweak the recipe to their liking which is great. Thanks so much for your kind comment! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  57. Am I blind or is there no direction for the shredded cheese??:)

  58. Never mind.. Haha!! Found it:)

  59. Thank you SO much for this recipe! I found it on Pinterest and my family all loved it! I’m normally a picky water, but to my families astonishment, I could not stop eating it. I am now obsessed with your blog, and can’t wait to try more!

    • Kinsey! We are so glad that you found us! And yeah….isn’t this spaghetti yummy? Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  60. This is in the oven right now! I can’t wait to try it!! I thought the recipe called for Italian sausage as well as ground meat… Opps! I used a 24oz can of Hunts sauce. I think it worked out just fine. I also added mushrooms ( on purpose 😉 To my side of the dish :) I can’t wait for this to be finished!

  61. Valerie Foster says:

    Wow! Made this 2nite for my family and it was a huge hit! Only substitutions I made was 1.5 lbs of hamburger instead of 1, ricotta instead of cottage cheese, and mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar. The results were spectacular! My 14y.o.fav food is “regular” spaghetti and he was blown away! My 10 y.o. (Who is autistic and very picky) asked for seconds! My two girls (8&9) cleaned their plates without a complaint and I couldn’t believe it! My husband saying it was awesome was just icing on the cake! You’ve definitely gained a new follower lol!

  62. I made this the other day and WOW! It was delicious! And my super picky boys loved it. Thanks for the recipe! It’s going in the family recipe book as a keeper for sure.

  63. Are you supposed to cover while it bakes the first 40 minutes?

    • Hi Karen, I do not cover mine and have never had a complaint that it was dry. Sure hope you like it! Deb

  64. “Combine the cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese until well blended.” Well blended as in, immersion or blender blended? I don’t mind the flavor of cottage cheese but I’m not sure on the ‘lumpiness’. Does it get very lumpy?

    • Hi Ashley, I would have to say that I don’t “feel” the lumps of the cottage cheese when it’s altogether in the casserole. Well blended meant that the cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese was well incorporated into each other. If you are unsure about the cottage cheese, you can easily substitute it with ricotta and it will taste just as great! Hope you like it! Deb

  65. Would this recipe do ok if assembled and refrigerated in the morning then baked at night? Would it change how long you bake it?

    • It would be fine to assemble in the morning and bake at night. I would maybe add another 10 minutes to the cooking time but watch it to make sure the cheese doesn’t burn. Thanks Cassie!

  66. Also, could this dish be frozen?

    • Hi Cassie! I have frozen lasagne before so I would guess that this could easily be frozen. Hope it works! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  67. Will you marry me???? OK, never mind that. My husband gave you his highest compliment ever…”it’s a keeper.” I was expecting good, but was surprised with how great this tasted! Used my standard Paul Newman Sockaroni spaghetti sauce, added sauteed onions, also added some garlic and light sprinkle of nutmeg to the cream cheese/cottage cheese/Greek yogurt mix, and with some Trader Joe’s Toscana cheese. HEAVEN! Huge kudos to you for sharing!

    • Sue, you are my newest favorite person but unfortunately I am already married! haha But I am SO glad that you stopped by to let us know how much you liked it. Your modifications sound WONDERFUL!! Thanks so much for your great comment! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  68. omg can’t wait to make this!

  69. Cassandra says:

    I found this recipe on Pintrest yesterday afternoon, and made it for dinner last night! Husband said ‘it’s a keeper’ and upon having some leftovers said, ‘it’s even better reheated’ (one of his highest complements since we do leftovers a lot, finding one that he really likes is a total win in my book! Thank you for sharing, this is definitely going in the dinner rotation!!!

    • Debbie says:

      Cassandra, isn’t it great when the hubster loves a new recipe? Thank you so much for your kind comment. Deb – The Oldest Sister

  70. Can’t wait to try this dish .

  71. Jessica says:

    This was AMAZING! I literally never comment on recipes, but this deserves my time. My three yr old and 5 yr old had seconds (literally never happened before) and ate both plates in record time…this is a big deal considering every other meal is met with slow-resistance eaters! Thanks so much for this recipe! It’s super easy to make which is just perfect considering number three was born 7 days ago and time is not my best friend. This is going on the regular meal schedule :)

    • Jessica, I am so glad that you took the time to let me know how it turned out for you and that it was a winner for your family! You just enjoy those three sweet little spirits! I miss those days….. Deb

  72. Deborah says:

    Do you think mozzarella cheese would be good with this recipe, rather than grated cheddar? I have mine in the oven right now :-)

  73. Deborah says:

    Omg!! This is the best spaghetti we have ever tasted!!! I did replace the cheddar and used mozzarella and my kids and husband went crazy over it!! My oldest NEVER likes anything unless it is chicken, so he while he was eating it, he said it’s definitely million dollar spaghetti!! My husband is on his second plate now!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!! :-)

    • Deborah! Your comment just put a huge smile on my face! I am so glad that your family liked it and thanks so much for commenting and letting us know. Hugs! Deb – The Oldest Sister

  74. Kevin Holly Keckler says:

    That was NAUGHTY….in a most delicious kind of way!! This has now been added into the permanent dinner menu rotation. Thanks!

  75. Is it really 1/2 lb of cottage cheese?

  76. Allison says:

    Got this off of Pinterest – made it tonight for the first time and I was blown away by how amazing this was!!! And SO easy to make! Perfect for a quick, weeknight meal. Will definitely be making this again. :)

    PS – made a second batch and put in the freezer for dinner later! Can’t wait to eat it again! Thanks for sharing!

    • I love freezing meals! Seriously this is so easy and so glad you liked it . A family favorite for sure! Deb

  77. Betty819 says:

    Reading all the comments, this has got to be a lot of calories..not good for a diabetic? Exactly what does it taste like, with the cream sauce and then the spaghetti sauce, I can’t imagine what it would taste like when all the sauces start blending together. Spraghetti/alfreda? I think I’ll have to pass on this recipe without giving a try.

    • Hi Betty, I would have to say that it tastes a little like some lasagnas. Thanks so much for stopping by. Deb

    • I have this in the oven as we speak. I used spaghetti squash in half the pan and normal spaghetti noodles on the other for my husband. I think this will work just fine (hoping so). I had homemade bolognese sauce in the freezer I pulled out and used too. Smells so good right now!

      • Angela! I would love to know how this turned out for you! Deb

        • This turned out great (no problems doing half and half in the pan)! Husband had his normal noodles and the squash noodles taste is great, too. Today for leftovers I combined them both and still yummy! I may even try one layer of regular noodles and the other squash noodles to lower the carbs (I’m pre-diabetic so try keep it low). I used Mozeralla cheese, too. :)

          • Oh man, just reading this made me want to make some TODAY! So glad to hear that it worked out. Thanks Angela!!

  78. Hey I love everything about this recipe but I was wondering if there is any way I could leave the ricotta/ cottage cheese out all together I dislike the taste of both I only like the cream cheese ?

    • Kayla, you absolutely can leave that out and I know that it will still taste great. I love me some cream cheese too! Deb

  79. I think I’ll make this low carb style, spaghetti squash in replace of noodles

    • Hi Tatia! We’ve had lots of readers make some modifications on this recipe and it still has turned out really well. I’d love to know how you like it with spaghetti squash. I think that sounds great! Deb

  80. Abigirl says:

    Found your post on Pinterest, made it tonight with a few changes! Woul love to use it on my blog, is that ok? I used sausage instead of ground beef and added fava beans, peppers and onions. Super yummy will be making every week

    • Oh my word. That sounds great! If you could link back to us on your blog, that would be great! Thanks Abi!

  81. ashley jo says:

    Making this tonight & having family over, I’m super excited and I’m sure they are going to love it!

  82. Kerri B says:

    Hey… I was wondering what kind of sauce you used? The traditional? Five cheese? Garlic and cheese? Thanks so much! And I’m making this sooooon!! :)

    • I used the roasted mushroom one, I think that’s what it’s called but any sauce will do. I can’t wait for you to try it! Deb

  83. carol everson says:

    Have you ever made this without the ground beef, was it still good? Seems like a great vegetarian dish or just when you are cutting down on beef.

    • Hi Carol! I would say that you could definitely make it without beef and a vegetarian version will still taste great!

  84. Hi! What is your lasagna recipe?

  85. We are living in Sicily for 2 years and I think our friends will adore this recipe with fresh Ricotta and Mozzarella and fresh herbs from our balcony garden. I can’t wait to try this on my Sicilian friends.

  86. Jessica Hughes says:

    Alright mine is in the oven! Can’t wait!

  87. I was reading the receipe and it’s sounded interesting but when I saw that you used store bought sauce that was enough for me.
    I thought I might make but not now.

  88. Debbie what is the link to your page so I may visit it.

  89. Melanie says:

    How many oz. should the “1 jar of spaghetti sauce” be??

  90. My husband and I did not like this at all. I made it exactly as recipe says. The cheese layer was extremely “tangy” to both of us :( I am going to give leftovers to family as they may like it.

    • Hi Mary! So sorry to hear that this wasn’t to your liking. Thanks so much for trying it though and we hope that there will be other things that you can find here that will be “million dollar” worthy for you! Deb

  91. jennifer says:

    What exactly does the butter do for it? I would like to leave it out if at all possible. I’m excited to make this though!

    • I would say it’s for flavor and some moistness but honestly I think it will be just as good without it. Let me know how it turns out! Deb

  92. I made this the other night and it was amazingly good! Even my picky kids ate it! I used half the butter and all low fat dairy products – it was still delicious! I know a PP said it was too tangy, but honestly if you read the ingredients (cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese) you should have known it would be a bit tangy, but it certainly was not over powering. This recipe will definitely be in our dinner menu rotation. Thank you Debbie!!

  93. Do you think if I made it and after cooking it, stirred it all up the cheese layer would be visible? I have a very sensitive eater who has sensory issues, and I think if he could see the cheesy layer he wouldn’t even try it, but he might if it’s mixed in. Then again, he might be upset with me for mixing the sauce, he normally eats his noodles plain.

    • Boy, I am going to guess that the cheesy middle layer would make the whole dish creamy so I’m not sure if that will pass the test with your sensitive eater. Maybe make the dish with the cheesy layer on just one half? Hope that helps!

  94. This is a recipe my mom used to make in the 1950’s called company casserole. It’s even better made with egg noodles (and easier to eat!) Mix the cream cheese with chopped green onion, top it all with cheddar cheese. REALLY yummy and great leftover.

  95. Derek M says:

    One of our favorites, especially, for me. I’m no chef, but, it’s easy and tastes so good. Makes me look like a hero once in a while.

  96. Hi! I made this last night, but made it with penne and added some ricotta cheese. It was amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  97. ANNEMARIE says:

    this is in the oven now !!! cannot wait left out butter sprayed with pam made using barilla veggie spaghetti and bison ground beef I wish I can show you the pic I had taken prior to oven but smells delish around here

  98. We are going to make this this weekend. Thanks!

  99. How many ounces is the spaghetti sauce?

  100. How many does this feed?

  101. Looks and sounds amazing. Gonna try it with my family tomorrow night!

  102. So, my sister won’t eat Lasagna b/c she detests cottage cheese. Something about the chunks… Can I use a different cheese? That isn’t chunky?

    • Hi Tammy! There have been lots of people who have completely taken out the cottage cheese and have loved it. I promise it will still be yummy! Deb

  103. Waaah! Where’s a picture of it after it’s baked – all bubbly, brown and delicious!

  104. You have a new forever-follower! I had this planned for dinner, and decided on a whim to invite my parents over which was risky since I’ve never made this before. Let me tell you, it’s a good thing we had the company, otherwise my husband and I would have eaten all of it ourselves! I followed everything exactly, and it was wonderful! Everyone took seconds and we still had just enough left over for lunches tomorrow. Thanks so much!

    • Stephanie, you are a sweetheart! Seriously isn’t this delish? Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your kind comments. Have a great day! Deb


  106. Oh I just had spaghetti tonight. I have never used sour cream or cottage cheese in it. I do use cream cheese in my bolognese sauce though. I am totally going to try this next time. It looks totally yummy!!!


  107. I’m going to making this for my in-laws, and I was wondering if I double it, do you think the bake time will stay the same? I’m just making it in a lasagna pan. I just want to make sure that it’s fully baked. Or do you think I’d be better of just making it in two dishes to bake?

    • Hi Becca! I have doubled this and used two pans which worked out great. Thanks so much for stopping by! Deb

  108. This is SO good. I kind of change it a little bit, though. I boil noodles; dran, add a half stick of butter, stir til coated and then add 1/2 cup of parmesean; stir til coated. I use all the noodles as my first layer. Second, pour the cream cheese mixture as my second layer. Third, add the meat layer (mind you, I have my meat and my sauce mixed together on low). Then I add the top layer with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle top with more parmesean cheese. Whala!

  109. If you didn’t cook the noodles, could you do this in a crockpot??

    • You know,I have made a spaghetti in the crockpot and I think this would work! I’d love to hear if you end up doing this!

  110. Julie Hansen says:

    I just made your recipe tonight for dinner and it is delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  111. I got this recipe from the mom of one of my high school friends back in the 80s! She called it “Spaghetti Lasagna”. I was considered some kind of master chef when I would whip this up for my college friends – it was super delicious! I had forgotten about this recipe and am so excited to make this for my family. I never used butter (and probably wouldn’t since it was so good without it) and I used mozzarella in place of cheddar. 1/2 of the mozzarella mixed with the sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese mixture and half on the very top. Thanks for reminding me of this oldie but goodie :)

  112. Hi! I’m planning to make this awesome sounding recipe for dinner tonight. I don’t typically use jarred sauce but since thats what the recipe calls for, I’m going with it. Can you tell me what size jar to use?


  113. Going to make this for a scrapbook cropping group tomorrow! Looks like they will be smacking their lips! Thanks for sharing.

  114. This might be a stupid question, but can I make this the night before, store it in the fridge and then cook it the next night?

    • You absolutely can! I think you might want to increase the cooking time just a smidgen to make sure it heats up enough after being in the fridge. Maybe cover it for the first 15 minutes also!

  115. I am SO excited to make this for my husband and myself!

    I was just wondering though..
    If this is only for two people do you think there will be some left over?
    How would you recommend reheating it as leftovers?


    • Hi Jacinda! This recipe feeds more than two people so you should have plenty of leftovers. I would either warm it up in a microwave or cover it with foil and reheat in the oven. Thanks so much!

  116. Can you make this in a crockpot?

    • I have never tried it in my crockpot but I’m guessing that you sure could. I would wait until serving before adding the cheese to the top. Would love to know if you try it!

  117. I wanted to know how many servings this makes??? Going to guinea pig it on my staff…but I need to have enough!

    • Well I’m hoping that after they eat this, they will think you are the best boss ever! I would say one dish will feed 6-8 nicely.

  118. I made this for dinner tonite. The ingredients were inexpensive, it was easy to make, it was DELICIOUS, and there were plenty of leftovers, which I know will taste even better tomorrow. Yum!

  119. I found this recipe on pinterest this afternoon. Made this for supper tonight. WOW!!! My 12 yr old daughter was “oh my gosh this is sooooo good!”. I even made it with whole wheat spaghetti noodles (first time ever using it). No one even noticed a taste difference! My 15 yr old picky eater who also notices anything being ‘tweeked’ (or anything new) didn’t even notice!! He ate 2 plates full!! My husband didn’t even notice. lol. Definately a recipe keeper!!! Thanks!

  120. dadscookin' says:

    debbie a friend of ours made this and sent some over and it was delish so I wanted to make it for our family. is there a link some where to print off the directions without capturing all the pictures and ads? I’ve looked throughout the page but cant seem to find it.



    • Okey dokey, when we first did this post, we didn’t have the slick little recipe program that we do now, so I just added it for ya! You should now be able to click on print and get a clean printable copy. I’m so glad that you liked it and want to make it for your family!!

  121. My teenage daughter was having friends over to work on a project for school. I made this dish for them. They loved it! They came back for seconds. My son who is a picky eater loved it also! This is a keeper!

  122. I made this it was so yummy. the changes I made. I added Italian seasoning and garlic to the cottage cheese mixture. I also used Italian sausage instead of ground beef and we keep homemade sauce around so I used that instead of jar. It was amazing! I loved it so much making it again.

  123. ok so i cook for a family with 8 kids and they all , ALL with not eat, touch or say, cottage cheese/sour cream/cream cheese. I made this with 3 bags of spaghetti etc and i hate it when people on here say i made adjustments BEFORE THEY EVEN TRY THE RECIPE, but if u r a cook, u know like if u dont have cream cheese u could use ricotta etc. My batch with 4lbs of meat 3 bags of spaghetti etc………3 8×111 pans……not a freakin noodle left. They were moaning saying this is so good over and over and over. So now i make this once a week which they would like it twice a week, i finally got to taste it, and it is awesome. FOLLOW THE RECIPE AS WRITTEN THE 1ST TIME, then make your adjustments

    • Titan, you are my newest favorite person! Your comment just made my day and I am SO glad that the kids AND yourself like this recipe. Thanks for putting a smile on my face today! Deb

  124. I need to quadruple this recipe and put it all in an 18x10x3 disposable aluminum pan. Will I need to adjust the cooking time or will it remain the same?

    • Pam, I am going to guess that if it isn’t deeper than a regular 9×13 that the cooking time will stay around the same. Check to see if things are bubbling at 30 minutes and gauge from there. I’m curious what you are making this for but sure hope everyone likes it!

  125. Ebony Arts says:

    Can you substitute ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese?

  126. Dolores says:

    If you don’t like the consistency of cottage cheese then just put it in the blender and smooth it out. Deelish!

  127. Pattie Mathis says:

    I made this recipe for the first time tonight. I wasn’t sure about the cream cheese but it was great. It went in the keeper box.

  128. sounds ;like a kugel, (noodle pudding) ever make one of those? Guests will be begging for more

  129. Jennifer says:

    I made this awhile ago when I ran across the original post on pinterest. The name sucked me in! The only change I made was to use about 1/2 the amount of butter. Otherwise, made as directed. I had 2 teenage boys come over for dinner unexpectedly and it was completely devoured. I was a little embarassed to serve such a humble dish to company (I did make a salad) but it was exactly what kids like. My entire family ate it without complaint which is rare!

    • Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much for your kind comment. It totally made my day! I know, you would think spaghetti would be a humble dish but when it’s this good, I don’t think people care! I’m so thrilled that your family loved it!

  130. Lisa Langle says:

    This is an awesome recipe!!! EASY and delicious……Super good left over. It has become my number #1 recipe to make thus far.

    • Oh Lisa, I am so glad to hear that! It’s on our dinner menu for next Monday! haha It’s a keeper, isn’t it?

  131. Hey Debbie tonite im gonna try it i am soooooooooooooooooooooooo excited

  132. Been making this for many years! Good stuff.

  133. Jack C. Ivy says:

    This was extremely bland! Before we could eat the leftovers we had to salt and pepper it. We also added Garlic powder and onion powder. I’m not a big fan of using much salt ,but it definitely need some seasoning

  134. I’d love to know if they like it! It’s been kid tested and if you look at some of the other comments, most everyone loves it! Thanks for stopping by!

  135. My family and I love this recipe . I do have a qquestion tho. I have a friend who’s husband loves spaghetti but can’t stand sour cream is there anything she could do to substatute the sour cream? I told her I thought the cottage cheese over powered the sour cream. Am up for any suggestion

  136. Hi Fern! I know that some people have substituted one of the ingredients with ricotta cheese. I think that would be just fine in place of the sour cream. Sure hope her hubby likes it! Deb


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