Million Dollar Casserole

When I had my baby my very kind neighbor brought over Million Dollar Spaghetti. I had never tried it before and I must say it was delicious! We loved it so much that my husband suggested I make it again! Here is a recipe I found that worked out just as well!

Serves: 10

Million Dollar Casserole

20 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles (uncooked)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cottage cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef (you could also use ground turkey)
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook noodles as directed on the package.
  3. While your noodles are boiling, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese in a medium-sized bowl until smooth (there might be a couple of bumps from the cottage cheese, but but make sure it's all mixed together well).
  4. Place ground beef in a large skillet and brown until completely cooked through. Drain grease well.
  5. Pour spaghetti sauce over the meat and mix well.
  6. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  7. Layer half of the cooked noodles in the bottom of the dish. Pour the creamy cheese mixture on top of the noodles and spread it around evenly
  8. Add the rest of your noodles and put a few slices of butter on top of those noodles. Pour the red sauce and meat on top and again spread it all over.
  9. Cook casserole uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove the casserole from the oven, top with cheese, and return to the oven to cook for 15 more minutes.
  10. Serve warm

Adapted from Being Grown Up 

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41 Responses to “Million Dollar Casserole”

  1. Melissa Caldwell
    I made this last week and my family loved it. My husband said I should definitely add it to list of rotation meals. My daughter cant wait to cook it for her boyfriend and maybe try it out on her roommates! Awesome!!!
  2. Kristen
    I'd also like to know how much spaghetti sauce is in the "can" you're talking about. This sounds like a great and easy recipe that I could make for my boyfriend and I. I currently have two 26-oz jars of spaghetti sauce I'd like to use soon, and surely they can be used in this casserole. If you could just tell me how many ounces of spaghetti sauce there should be rather than just a generic "can", that would be great!
        • We have done it both ways, but sometimes the pasta gets mushy if you cook the whole dinner, then thaw and reheat. Every recipe can be a little tricky. Freezing casseroles before baking is totally fine. Actually, you're less likely to overcook them if you freeze it before baking. When cooking it from frozen: Expect to add 50% to the cooking time and you might also want to reduce the oven temp by 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Be ready to cover your casserole in aluminum foil so the top doesn't get too brown. Or thaw and bake as usual.
  3. Shellbeee
    If I wanted to make 2 at the same time how would I go about doing that? I have a plain regular oven nothing special. Is it possible to do this? I have a big family and they loved this for dinner but there wasn't enough so I was hoping to bake 2 at a time. I've never done that before. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!
    • You can easily double this recipe and make 2. Just be sure that both pans will fit in your oven if you want to cook them at the same time. Otherwise, you may have to cook one first and then stick the other one in the oven while you eat the first one! :) Have a great weekend!!

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