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Million Dollar Spaghetti

It sure lives up to its name! Tastes decadent and comes together fast!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: million dollar spaghetti
Servings: 12
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iamhomesteader.com


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 9x13-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.