Million Dollar Spaghetti is a layered baked spaghetti dish with noodles, marinara, meat sauce, and four kinds of cheese!! If you are looking for a simpler version, try my Spaghetti Recipe or Spaghetti Carbonara!

Millionaire Spaghetti Recipe

Million Dollar Spaghetti

I absolutely love a good hearty bowl of delicious spaghetti.  This recipe is unique in that it’s more like a spaghetti lasagna!  Layers of noodles, pasta sauce, and all the cheese, and presto, you have an amazing meal that everyone will love.

Making the sauce from scratch is so easy to do and the results are completely worth it!  I find that making homemade spaghetti is also a great way to get the kids involved in and excited about cooking.  This is where all great cooks get their start.  When you are ready to upgrade to a more complicated spaghetti recipe, check out my tomato spinach chicken spaghetti!

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How to Make Million Dollar Spaghetti

Let’s start with the marinara sauce. The rest of this simple recipe is just a few more basic ingredients.  This is really where you can start to get creative and take ownership of the recipe. The very basic ingredients that I add in this stage are:

  • Canned Tomatoes:  I prefer a rougher chopped tomato.  We typically can our own tomatoes every year, so we crack open a bottle of our stewed tomatoes and just chop them up.  If you are buying canned tomatoes and prefer a smaller tomato, make sure to grab the diced or crushed version.  Sometimes you can get these already seasoned with garlic, Italian seasoning, basil, and various other seasonings.  Just make sure you read the label and adjust so you don’t over season the sauce.
  • Tomato Sauce and Tomato Paste:  These two combined add the hearty tomato flavor and give the dish some much-needed thickness.  If you like your spaghetti sauce a little runnier, you can add extra sauce.  If you like your spaghetti sauce thicker, you can add some extra paste.
  • Seasonings:  The very basic seasonings you will need are basil and oregano.  Add more or less to adjust the flavor.  If you are looking to change the game up a bit, add crushed red pepper or cayenne for some additional spice.  If you aren’t getting enough of the garlic flavor, add in some garlic powder.  It may sound strange, but you can also add a little sugar to the sauce.  Sugar will enhance the natural sweetness of the tomatoes.
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Now we get to start layering!

  • In a prepared pan, add half of the noodle and marinara mixture.
  • Add the cheese mixture and spread as smooth as you can.
  • Add the rest of the noodles.
  • Pour the meat sauce over top.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake! Pay attention to the ingredients as you bake it with foil and then without for a few minutes.
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How to Make Ahead, Freeze, and Gift

When I am making a pan to freeze I do a few easy things.

  • First I start with a foil casserole pan, these are inexpensive and if gifting, no pan needs to be returned.
  • Next, follow the recipe preparation up until the point of baking. At this point, cover it with foil and label and date it. Place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • If you are gifting this here are the thawing instructions: “Remove a day ahead of time and place in the refrigerator to come to room temperature. If you don’t have time to thaw in the refrigerator, you can place the frozen baked spaghetti directly in the oven, but it will cook longer, for about 55-65 minutes. Remove the foil towards the end so that the cheese can melt completely.” 

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Million Dollar Spaghetti

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
It sure lives up to its name! Tastes decadent and comes together fast!


Marinara Sauce

  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (16 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 box (16 ounces) spaghetti noodles, cooked to package directions

Meat Sauce

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Cheese Layer

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (save 1 cup for sprinkling on top)
  • ½ cup parmesan, grated (we prefer freshly grated)
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Marinara Sauce

  • In a large saucepan over low heat combine diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer on low for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove 1 cup of the marinara sauce and set aside for later.
  • Add cooked spaghetti to the saucepan and toss to combine.
  • Cover to keep warm. (The longer it sits the more flavorful it is!)

Meat Sauce

  • In a large skillet (I used a 10-inch skillet) add the ground beef, onions, green pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook on medium-high.
  • Once browned, remove from the heat, drain the grease, and add the reserved cup of marinara sauce.

Cheese Layer

  • In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, ricotta cheese, 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper.


  • Add half the noodle and marinara sauce mixture to the prepared baking dish.
  • Top with the cream cheese mixture and spread in an even layer.
  • Top with the remaining noodle and marinara sauce mixture.
  • Top with the meat sauce mixture and remaining cup of mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Uncover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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Reader Comments

  1. Too dry.
    Lacking flavor.
    Directions need to be more detailed.
    Preparation time 2 hours.
    Made for dinner tonight.
    When I asked, “Should I make again?” Everyone said, ” No thank you!”

    1. Sorry it didn’t turn out for you! But the recipe is good as-is. Maybe have someone make it for you so you can experience what it tastes like when made correctly. If it took you 2 hours just to prepare it, I’m guessing a mistake was made on your part.

      1. We love this recipe and make it weekly! It’s so quick and easy to make! The adults add some cayenne because we like some spice but it’s delicious as is! Thank you!

  2. Could you please e-mail me the recipe for million dollar spaghetti? Also could you add the ability to e-mail them along with facebook, twitter and pinterest. Thank You. Kathy

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