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Creamy Spaghetti Casserole

"Cottage cheese is the secret to the sauce for this hearty main dish that my family calls 'Norwegian spaghetti'," says Denise Baumert of Dalhart, Texas.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8-10 servings


  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup 4% cottage cheese
  • 1 cup frozen cut green beans, thawed
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, saute onions, celery and mushrooms in butter until tender. Add the spaghetti, ham, 1-1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, beans, pimientos, garlic salt and pepper; mix well.
  • Transfer to a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes; sprinkle with remaining Monterey Jack cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until bubbly and the cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 339 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 883mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • BethH59
    Nov 11, 2015

    I got this recipe at a Taste of Home event in the late '90s and have made it occasionally since then. Tonight I'm going to use leftover chicken instead of ham - should be just as good! I'm also subbing in fresh baby spinach instead of frozen green beans, added sliced black olives, and used a bit more cottage cheese and sour cream. Very forgiving (and customizable) recipe!

  • PAscolani
    Oct 26, 2011

    This is my absolute FAVORITE dish to make with leftover ham. In fact, I usually buy a ham large enough so I have leftovers and can make this!

  • deadgrl5676
    May 29, 2011

    My mom found this recipe many years ago and it is still one of my favorites! My husband and friends love it as well!