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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paul3303 254307
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"I used Italian Sausage instead of ground beef and it was great."

rllewis7 253993
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"I don't like a lot of sauce, so the 8 ounces of tomato sauce was perfect for me. I didn't find it to be dry at all. The casserole was a big hit, full of flavor and a fun, southwest twist on baked spaghetti!"

shawnba 253911
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2016

"Really good, definitely a keeper. I was craving pasta and this hit the spot. The chili powder and cayenne gave it just the right amount of spice!!"

pajamaangel 253846
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2016

"This had some heat to it, but it was really dry. I usually don't like a lot of sauce but this recipe really needs more. It is way too dry."

annrms 253101
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2016

"I served this dish for our annual New Year's Day friends' and family open house when it was first published. Casserole and plates were clean!!! I used mozzarella cheese and had a container of Parmesan available for sprinkling. It's a keeper!!!"

amsm 253087
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2016

"This is a great casserole to make. It has a lot of flavor and the little bit of cayenne adds just enough heat. I did add extra cheese to mine. My family loves cheese! We will make this again!"

cookiemouse 252719
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"There are a lot of spaghetti casseroles similar to this recipe, and most of them are good. We all like to personalize them to suit our tastes, and lots of folks enjoy sharing what they added or left out. For us, this one was a little dry and bland. We changed it up to add the items/flavors that we like best."

Pamelal685 252228
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"I have made this dish many times and it is a hit everytime. A real keeper."

annlindblad 249893
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."

krkhiera 246608
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 ."

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