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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 saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 424mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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aug2295 User ID: 4631582 263505
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2017

"Awesome recipe - loved how easy this was to put together. I would probably increase the seasoning a bit next time and use and extra half cup of cheese. But overall, yum."

KelliHill User ID: 6768571 256805
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"Wow! Yum! easy recipe with basic ingredients but so much flavor! This was a great weeknight family meal. I used 1.25lbs 85/15 ground beef, fun curly noodles, and doubled the shredded (used triple) , cheddar on top. Thanks for a keeper!"

Lisa User ID: 8966479 256690
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2016

"Been fixing this since it was originally published in TOH magazine. Everyone always likes this dish and comment it is quite different than regular baked spaghetti. That is why I like this soooo much! I make it as is. Never had a prob with it being dry but I use 80/20 gr chuck. Wish reviewers would stick reviewing the original recipe. Seems all too often reviews have been tweaked so much that it's a completely different dish than the one submitted. I read the reviews for the pros and cons of the recipe."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 256021
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2016

"When I made this I omitted the tomato sauce and substituted my canned spaghetti sauce I made this summer. You can tweek this recipe in so many ways. Very good, quick and great presentation with a small salad and garlic bread."

angela32 User ID: 3084463 255663
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

"Everyone Loved it, will make it again....and again!"

sweet80pea User ID: 8956909 255629
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2016

"Great basic recipe and starting point for a baked spaghetti! It definitely can be modified to your taste or whatever you have already on hand. Tried it out this morning to pack for family lunch. I made some edits based on others reviews and the family's personal preference. First, I used egg noodles instead of the spaghetti because that's what I had on hand. I chopped and saut?ed 3 cloves of garlic with the onions, and instead of using beef, I used half sweet Italian sausage and half ground turkey meat. I skipped the green peppers because no one likes them but me in the house. I swapped out the canned tomatoes in the recipe for a 16 oz. jar of store brand spaghetti sauce and a can of Rotel. With that being said, I only added in the brown sugar and chili powder as extra spices just because, but it probably didn't need it since the sauce and Rotel are pretty flavorful. After tossing the pasta into the sauce, it did seem a tiny bit on the dry side as others have noted, so I added a little bit of the pasta water just until it didn't seem to dry anymore. Topped it with the Italian Cheese Mix, then baked and enjoyed! Thumbs up!"

sunshinewonder User ID: 8911591 255413
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2016

"First, let me say that me and my guy liked this so much that I am definitely making it again, and I'm sure if I don't make it soon enough he'll ask for it. I made this using the directions from the most recent Taste of Home magazine, which called for a 12 oz package of spaghetti instead of 16 oz as is listed here on the website and I side with other reviewers who said this was on the dry side. I can't imagine how much drier it would have been with another four ounces of pasta! I'm doubling the sauce next time and will increase the spices so they don't get diluted. I'm going to stick with using 12 oz of pasta because I like the protein to starch ratio to lean towards protein. I do have one possible explanation as to why some of us are getting a dry casserole and others aren't, and that could be the ground beef we're choosing. I use, quite literally, the leanest ground beef I can get. 96% lean. I imagine the fats from regular 80% lean beef would keep the dish moist, but I have managed to get me and my guy very healthy our cholesterol levels low (his doctor loves me) by cutting out fats wherever I can. So in this recipe I'll just add more tomato sauce and spices."

jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 254678
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2016

"Very easy and delicious !!"

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 254307
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

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

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 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 User ID: 2581969 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 User ID: 1603339 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 User ID: 2649709 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 User ID: 8302234 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 User ID: 3900007 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 User ID: 8856975 252228
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

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

annlindblad User ID: 7743001 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 User ID: 702589 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 ."

Suzanni User ID: 2638326 242197
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."

mommayor User ID: 6425768 232948
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."

everydaymomsmeals User ID: 6318150 219934
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

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

RoseLuvsRetro User ID: 6093089 216807
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."

[email protected] User ID: 8039944 214086
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."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 213932
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."

Dinsky User ID: 3102900 37323
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!"

sglodrey User ID: 8033408 29028
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

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

JannieG User ID: 2168704 29000
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."

Jogeng09 User ID: 7370803 26212
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!"

PenneyPike User ID: 2585334 203406
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"i made this for supper tonight and it was a hit with everyone! I did add oregano and basil!"

DragonSlayersRosebud User ID: 198468 51053
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."

karenaharms User ID: 1212303 75021
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!"

hudock User ID: 6424779 75020
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."

Buscie User ID: 7733538 73453
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!"

debiw30 User ID: 6880860 31250
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."

MyMarchBabies User ID: 442809 203405
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."

Tonya Jordan User ID: 6917620 71609
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"Great recipe to change up spaghetti."

kshea User ID: 2698812 89342
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."

leeaahh User ID: 6561466 27192
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!!"

pammyfaye User ID: 4415047 75596
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!"

carolunderhill User ID: 1703508 51052
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."

Bertsbabe User ID: 5741572 64624
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

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

tonis User ID: 1314543 73450
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"My family enjoys the spicy kick to this recipe"

SaraJoy User ID: 5984313 73449
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!"

grjen User ID: 2792354 64617
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."

kmarket User ID: 4836431 71583
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!"

faith7025 User ID: 1149408 75019
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."

faith7025 User ID: 1149408 37281
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."

mwalker21 User ID: 987317 37234
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~"

ptuner User ID: 3458490 75594
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2010

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

frankieb User ID: 1667031 51051
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."

sday5 User ID: 169441 89341
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

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

jsrachel User ID: 1035164 83088
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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