Confetti Spaghetti Recipe
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Confetti Spaghetti Recipe

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It's not uncommon for folks to go back for second helpings of this hearty main dish when I share it at church potluck suppers. The combination of ground beef, noodles, cheese and a zippy tomato sauce is a crowd-pleaser.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) spaghetti
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1-1/2 cups) equals 266 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 402 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 17 g protein.


  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown sugar, salt, chili powder, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne. Drain spaghetti; add to the beef mixture.
  2. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Confetti Spaghetti in Taste of Home December/January 2000, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1-1/2 cups) equals 266 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 402 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 17 g protein.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

This is pretty good, but it does need a couple of tweaks to make it worthy of 5 stars. First, based on comments from others, I tripled the amount of tomato sauce, and it was still a bit dry. Second, I would increase the spice level dramatically ... I couldn't even taste the garlic, chili powder or cayenne. Next time, instead of plain tomato sauce I'll use a big jar of good arrabbiata pasta sauce, which should help with both issues. DH said he'd like me to add some olives next time, and we both want to try a version using alfredo sauce. It's definitely worth experimenting with!

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

i made this for supper tonight and it was a hit with everyone! I did add oregano and basil!

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

Very tasty!! A new twist for spaghetti. My daughter is always asking for spaghetti so for a change of pace I made this for her, she loved it!. Simple to make and you have all ingredients in the cupboard.

Reviewed May. 22, 2014

I made this dish when I first saw it in the TASTE OF HOME cookbook. My family loved it, especially our oldest son. Always made it for him when he came home on leave or special occassions for him. I use the diced tomatos that are flavred with Italian seasonings. This is a favorite pot luck also. Can't go wrong with this one!

Reviewed May. 16, 2014

WOW - this is GOOD! Very similar to comfort food my mother used to make - she used sliced green olives instead of green pepper. My husband is not a casserole lover but I made him eat it and he enjoyed it too. Definitely will make again - a keeper.

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