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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 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 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.

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

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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!!

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