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. —Katherine Moss, Gaffney, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 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 cup: 259 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 424mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 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 next eight ingredients. Drain spaghetti; add to beef mixture.
  2. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes longer. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Confetti Spaghetti in Taste of Home December/January 2000, p31

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Reviewed Jun. 29, 2016 Edited Jul. 10, 2016

"Tasty - and a nice, lighter substitute for regular spaghetti. Also made this with penne pasta - easier for toddlers and young children to eat. And added extra tomato sauce."

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"I followed this recipe exactly except for a little less cayenne pepper, and all I can say is blah, blah, blah. No flavor at all! My husband liked it but he likes everything so he doesn't count. I won't be making this again and it was a huge disappointment ."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"Read all of the reviews, only change I made was to use 10 oz. of jarred spaghetti sauce instead of the 8 oz of tomatoe sauce. This is so very good and easy to make with plenty for leftovers. I think this will be even better the next day. This is a keeper for sure and if you need to feed a crowd this recipe will do it, just add bread and a little salad and you have dinner. Good recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"My family liked this recipe better than another baked spaghetti recipe I usually make. I used diced can tomatoes with oregano, basil, and garlic and I left out the garlic powder."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"Love this casserole! It's like spaghetti meats chili, so it's a crowd pleaser. Even for the kids!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"I have made this recipe many times since it was first published. I always use a 16oz jar of spaghetti sauce and a can of Rotel in lieu of the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Sometimes I substitute ground italian sausage for a portion of the hamburger meat. It's always tastes delicious and every time I serve it to company, they love it."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"This was a quick and easy dish to prepare, put it in the fridge for one of my late work nights so hubby had it out and heating up when I got home. Does need a little more sauce and the seasonings seemed to cook out but not sure if that was because it had been refrigerated or not. I could still catch the cayenne pepper so we just added a bit of salt and pepper on top and it was very good. Just a small amount leftover from 2 of us and he ate it the next day. Will definitely make it again."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"This was just ok. Nothing special or fancy here. Basically spaghetti baked in the oven. I've had other baked spaghetti recipes that were better."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"I love this recipe but I also add additional sauce and like to use small egg noodles instead of spaghetti. It holds together better and is easier to eat. It's also nice to change the cheese to Italian Blend (pre-shredded in bag).

Always a winner at potlucks!"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"I make something like this but I leave out brown sugar and add corn...yummy!"

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