MILLION DOLLAR SPAGHETTI CASSEROLE

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Spaghetti casserole is a delightful and comforting dish that combines the flavors of spaghetti, savory meat, rich tomato sauce, and gooey melted cheese. This hearty casserole is perfect for busy weeknights or when you’re looking to serve a crowd. In this article, we will explore a delicious spaghetti casserole recipe that is sure to become a family favorite.

Ingredients
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
Instructions:
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 ground beef and when done, drain well. Combine the hamburger with your spaghetti sauce.
Put a few slices of butter into a 9×13 pan then pour half of your spaghetti noodles on top.
Take your cream cheese mixture and pour on top of the noodles. Spread well over noodles.
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.
Pour your spaghetti and meat sauce on top of your noodles.
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

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C and spray an 11X13 lasagna pan with non-stick cooking spray. Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions, until al dente (if not using leftover noodles). Drain and set aside.
Cook ground beef, onions and green pepper (and mushrooms IF using fresh) on the stovetop, in frying pan until ground beef is browned. Drain and return to pot.
Add pasta sauce, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic and Italian seasoning to pot with cooked ground beef. Cook over medium-low on the stovetop, whisking until everything is incorporated.
Add mushrooms and cilantro. Remove from heat.
Mix spaghetti with sauce in lasagna pan (or in pot, then transfer to lasagna pan)
Sprinkle grated cheese on top, evenly distributed. *I like to finely grate the cheese for this recipe.
Bake for 20 minutes (uncovered), then turn up to broil (500 degrees F/260 degrees C for the last 2 minutes or until it begins to bubble and brown a little (be sure to watch it very carefully as low-fat cheese burns quickly)
Garnish
Garnish with green onions and serve.
Notes
Nutrition Facts
📋 Healthy Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 301Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 701mg30%
Potassium 660mg19%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 540IU11%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 181mg18%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet.
Nutrition
Serving: 1cup | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 3mg

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