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Confetti Spaghetti Recipe

Confetti Spaghetti Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 259 calories, 10g fat (4g sat. fat), 42mg cholesterol, 424mg sodium, 27g carbohydrates (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

Reviews for Confetti Spaghetti

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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!"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"I have been making a very similar recipe for years but never added the brown sugar. I'll try that next time. I break my spaghetti into 4 pieces for easier eating, and I add some oregano and a little season salt. One of my favorite go to, I don't want to spend a lot of time cooking recipes."

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."

Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"Sound so good!! Can't wait to try this. Have been looking for a simple, easy to make spaghetti sauce recipe!! Love that it's all combined!"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"After couple of minor changes to the recipe it is one of my family's favorite. When I first made it I thought it was kind of bland and didn't seem to hold together. I added Diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings and deleted the can of tomato sauce and in place of it I added a jar of Classico Spaghetti Sauce either Sweet Basil or just Basil (not meat flavored) and found that the minor changes just made a huge difference. Major hit with my family. I also added another Tbsp. of brown sugar. They have asked me to make this over and over. Also, it past the test with my Mother and step-father Charley and was told I made it with Love. That is an accomplishment if they approved the dish. Loved Loved this recipe. Would be good to take to potlucks without a doubt."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"I've made this recipe many times, even for company and everyone always loves it. It could use more sauce, because it doesn't really seem to stay together, but I always forget. I skip the green pepper and use diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"Great recipe to change up spaghetti."

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2012

"I would make it again with some additions. It seemed a little dry so I would add another can of tomatoes and more spices.

I also added some garlic and more chili powder."

Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"Made this recipe tonight for dinner and everyone loved it. I did not include the cayenne pepper because of my families history of heart burn, but I think next time I'll add an additional can of tomato sauce!!"

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"Yummy! I make this very often and it's especially good on a cold winter day with fresh Italian bread! Everyone loves this one!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"I was looking to try something new. So gave this a try and it was good, I added fresh mushroom which I sauteed with the onions. Would be great for a pot luck. Can be made in advance. Would definitely make again."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"This is wonderful, my entire family likes it."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"My family enjoys the spicy kick to this recipe"

Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"The recipe is too mild if you like spicy pasta dishes but probably too spicy for most kids. It is good but consider tweaking it to meet your family's taste. Next time I make it, I will use Italian sausage, add mushrooms, and break the spaghetti into smaller pieces. It is good leftover!"

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"Made this tonight for the second time. I think I prefer it with macaroni or some shorter pasta than spaghetti. I used two cans of tomato sauce because it seemed too dry without it. Tastes good. Will definitely make again."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"This is absolutely excellent--- great comfort food! This was a huge hit with Mom served it for the first time. Love the cheese baked on top!"

Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"I have made this recipe many times-and shared the recipe often too. It is wonderful! I also really like it with mushrooms or chopped squash or zuccini added."

Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"I have made this recipe many times-and shared the recipe often too. It is wonderful! I also really like it with chopped squash or zuccini added."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"I have made this numerous times and I absolutely love this dish. I do add a bit more noodles then the recipe calls for. I HIGHLY recommend this~"

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2010

"This time I made this with macaroni. Had a pkg. I needed to use. Just as good!"

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2010

"I've made this many times and it's always delicious. Sometimes I'll use what's handy - tomato soup instead of tomato sauce, jarred cheddar cheese sauce or campbells cheese soup instead of the shredded cheese. I'll serve with a side salad and some garlic bread. My husband always asks for seconds."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"I have made this recipe so many times. It is my go to casserole."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2009

"This recipe is so easy to make! I always use 2 cans of both diced tomatoes and the tomato sauce."

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