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It sure lives up to its name! Tastes decadent and comes together fast!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword million dollar spaghetti
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Author Amanda Rettke


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
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 box (16 ounces) spaghetti noodles, cooked to package directions

Meat Sauce

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 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)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • parsley chopped (for garnish)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.

Marinara Sauce

  1. 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.
  2. Remove 1 cup of the marinara sauce and set aside for later.
  3. Add cooked spaghetti to the saucepan and toss to combine.
  4. Cover to keep warm. (The longer it sits the more flavorful it is!)

Meat Sauce

  1. In a large skillet (I used a 10-inch skillet) add the ground beef, onions, green pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper into the pan and cook on medium-high.

  2. Once browned, remove from the heat, drain the grease, and add the reserved cup of marinara sauce.

Cheese Layer

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


  1. Add half the noodle and marinara sauce mixture to the prepared baking dish.

  2. Top with the cream cheese mixture and spread in an even layer.
  3. Top with the remaining noodle and marinara sauce mixture.

  4. Top with the meat sauce mixture and remaining cup of mozzarella cheese.
  5. Cover with tinfoil and bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Uncover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.