Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole is an easy hearty casserole that is both budget-friendly and easy to make. This casserole is simple and a delicious way to feed a family or a crowd!
When I have a hungry family to feed, I break out an old fashioned casserole. Hearty casseroles are designed for that kind of work! Potlucks, large family gatherings… whatever your need, a casserole will be there for you. This recipe for Million Dollar Spaghetti is one of my all time favorite casseroles. It’s basically an easy combination of baked spaghetti and lasagna. (I know, it sounds delicious doesn’t it?)
As only the best family recipes are, this million dollar spaghetti is budget-friendly. It yields a ton of food, and the ingredients aren’t complicated or expensive. In that way, this casserole is a fantastic part of your weeknight meal routine.
I like using Italian sausage for the extra flavor, but in a pinch you can substitute regular ground beef.
The leftovers for this dish are tremendous. The pasta softens up a little bit when reheating, but the flavor is just as good as when it was fresh out of the oven.
- 1 pound of ground chuck
- ½ cup of diced onion
- ½ cup of diced green bell pepper
- ½ teaspoon of chili powder
- 1 10 ¾ ounce can of Campbell’s condensed tomato soup OR a jar of your favorite pasta sauce
- ½ can of water
- 2 shots of Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon basil
- ½ teaspoon McCormick Garlic powder
- 6 ounces of spaghetti
- 1 cup of Kraft grated Colby Jack cheese
- Morton salt and pepper to taste
Sauté ground beef, onion, bell pepper, chili powder, salt and pepper until ground beef is browned.
Drain excess liquid and place meat mixture into a 2.5 quart round casserole dish.
To the meat mixture, add all of the other ingredients except for the spaghetti and the cheese and mix well.
Break the spaghetti in half and cook according to the package instructions.
Add the spaghetti to the meat mixture and mix well.
Cover the casserole dish and put it into the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours. (This allows for all of the flavors to blend)
Remove from refrigerator and allow 30 minutes to come to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 350 degree.
Uncover and sprinkle the cheese all over the top of the mixture.
Cook UNCOVERED for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, cover and let set for 10 minutes.