Kid-Pleasing Spaghetti Recipe

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I wish I could claim credit for this recipe...but I've only helped make it for Farm Bureau suppers. With a cheese sauce and beef spaghetti layers, it has real kid appeal.—Vera Chalfant, Parker City, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 374 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 667mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in spaghetti; set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour and salt until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in 3/4 cup cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese until melted.
  3. Place half of the spaghetti mixture in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with cheese sauce and the remaining spaghetti mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.
Try this quick dessert idea. Sprinkle warmed pear halves with cinnamon. Top with whipped cream, caramel ice cream topping and chopped walnuts.
Originally published as Kid-Pleasing Spaghetti in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p244

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msu4two User ID: 3762709 33603
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"This is a wonderful recipe!! A bit different than the usual spaghetti, but even better. We had this tonight, and everyone loved it! I'll be making this again, probably many times :-)"

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