Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Million Dollar Spaghetti

If you want to kick your weeknight spaghetti dinner up a notch, this is the perfect recipe for you.  This recipe has been all over Pinterest, so I thought I would give it a try. It is a new twist on an old family favorite, and I would guess it gets it's name because it is very "rich" dish. If you are counting calories you might want to skip this one, but it would be a great dish to take to a pot luck or serve to guests.

Million Dollar Spaghetti
1 lb. of ground beef
1 med. onion
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 can of diced tomatoes with basil and oregano
herbs of choice to season up sauce (I like garlic, red pepper, and Italian seasoning blend, and a little sugar)
8 oz. of cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 lb cottage cheese
Parsley flakes (1 Tbs.)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 16 oz. pkg. spaghetti
Grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Boil spaghetti noodles until al dente (med/firm).  Drain and set aside noodles until ready to assemble.  In medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, and parsley flakes util well blended.  In skillet brown your ground beef and onion drain well.  Combine the ground beef and spaghetti sauce with can of tomatoes and any spices you use to season your sauce.  To assemble put a few slices of butter into your sprayed 9 x 13 inch pan (I actually used a 11 x 15 inch pan because I did not want it to bubble over in my oven).  Place 1/2 of your cooked spaghetti noodles on top of butter slices. Place a few more slices of butter on top of noodles.  Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of noodles in dish and place remaining noodles on top of the cheese mixture. Dot with remaining butter slices.  Spread the top with sauce.  Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese of your choice and place back in oven for about 15 minutes until cheese on top is melted.  Let sit for a few minutes before serving.

Great served with side salad and garlic bread!   

Dot bottom of pan with 1/3 of butter

Combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, and sour cream together

Mix in parsley flakes

Place 1/2 of spaghetti on top of butter in prepared pan

Spread cheese mixture on top of spaghetti and dot with 1/3 of the butter

Place the rest of spaghetti on top of cheese and butter layer 
and dot with 1/3 of butter

Spread with prepared sauce

Yum!  Look at those yummy layers

Bake for 30 minutes at 305 degrees, and then sprinkle with 
shredded cheese and bake for another 15 minutes

Remove from oven when cheese is melted and let set on counter 
for a few minutes before serving

This is a delicious one dish Italian meal that is a combination of Lasagna and Spaghetti in one! Although spaghetti is not my Mother-In-Law Pat's favorite meal when we served it for dinner the other night she gave this recipe a 2 thumbs up!  Give it a try... if you dare!


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