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Monterey Spaghetti Recipe

Monterey Spaghetti Recipe

I'm a working mother with two young boys. Our family leads a very active life, so I make a lot of casseroles. It's so nice to have a hearty, nutritious side dish the kids will eat. Topped with cheese and french-fried onions, this tasty casserole is a hit at our house. -Janet Hibler, Cameron, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 4 ounces spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 can (2.8 ounces) french-fried onions, divided


  • 1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat egg. Add sour cream, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Drain spaghetti; add to egg mixture with Monterey Jack cheese, spinach and half of the onions. Pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated though. Top with remaining onions; return to the oven for 5 minutes or until onions are golden brown. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 311 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 333mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 265669
Reviewed May. 7, 2017

"Love this recipe! Even people who don't like spinach love this!"

bonito15 User ID: 6959830 261947
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2017

"loved using Monterey jack cheese in this - what a different taste and we loved it"

aicenhour User ID: 4627743 258495
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

"This was good. I needed a quick recipe for supper using the leftovers from a rotisserie chicken I had. The kids really liked it. I doubled the recipe and added about the equivalent of a chicken breast and thigh to the recipe."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 257573
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2016

"This was pretty good. A great way to get my kid's to eat spinach!"

welundquist User ID: 8947294 255025
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"I added 2 to 3 tablespoons of softened butter to cheese mixture, a dash of milk, and used a bag of fresh spinach (destemmed, and sauteed in butter to cook it down). Awesome flavor! Will make again."

Sharonville User ID: 8427748 254842
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

"Wasn't creamy at all. I did make the mistake of not mixing in some of the onions. The sauce baked into a quiche like consistency. Probably won't make again."

xxcskier User ID: 1136353 254697
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2016

"This was very easy to make and enjoyed by everyone in my family. I did make a couple slight changes by adding 1/4 cup of milk to the sour cream, cheese mixture. I also added the French fried onions to just the top of the dish. Adding shredded rotisserie chicken would also be a great addition!"

yepafoodie User ID: 6900887 254650
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2016

"This was not good. This was way Too dry, sour cream curdled after baking, too much canned fried onions taste... ended up dumping the whole pan."

mmchuber User ID: 6952320 254530
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2016

"Tastes much like my favorite meal growing up in western Ohio. Too bland for my NY-raised husband. My 88 year old father loved it!"

Suzanne444 User ID: 4834482 253404
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"Excellent! Very tasty ... The picture of Janet's recipe inspired me to make it -- and it didn't disappoint. I made it as a main dish (4 servings). It was recently published in the September 2016 issue of TOH's "Casseroles, slow cooker & Soups" publication. It's a keeper! Thank you, Janet."

[email protected] User ID: 5913045 248621
Reviewed May. 25, 2016

"Use a bag of fresh baby spinach leaves in place of the frozen chopped spinach. Add to pasta just before it's done. Otherwise, excellent dish!"

baugh_online User ID: 1541489 248077
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"Very delicious. I added about a quarter cup light cream and a half cup of chicken broth along with 2 diced and cooked chicken breasts. Absolutely will make again. This one is a keeper!"

Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 248067
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"we'll be at our kids this weekend for dinner and they said "bring a side". I'm bringin "THIS". this is gonna be a huge hit with the kids as there's nothin on the ingredient list we don't love-YEAH! thanks for sharing"

ShirlD13 User ID: 1324144 5958
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"Both my Nephew and I love preparing this recipe just as it is and have been making it since it first appeared in Taste of Home, just can't imagine changing a thing. A wonderful side dish that has not only become a family favorite but something we are proud to serve our guest or take to Church Dinners."

Holly Lyford User ID: 5721097 8290
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"I love this recipe! I do adapt it a bit--add cooked chicken, use angel hair pasta (and more like 8-10 oz), 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, no french-fried onions, and added a little chicken broth and heavy cream or milk. Yum!"

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 7844
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2012

"I have had this recipe for years and has always been one of my favorites. This size casserole just isn't enough to feed 5. I guess if I want some next time, I'm going to have to double the recipe."

cookingofqueen User ID: 4967790 13192
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"I've made this many times over the past 15 years or so. Just about everyone loves this dish. I add a little milk to keep it moist during baking. To make it more filling, stir in some diced cooked chicken."

DBHarf User ID: 5736337 8288
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"This recipe was just okay. I expected it to have more flavor (bling). It seemed somewhat dry. My husband did have seconds. I made the Baked Spaghetti Recipe last week which I felt was excellent and will make again soon. Not so with this recipe."

Seminoles User ID: 1412865 2981
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2010

"I've been making this recipe since it first appeared in 1994! Loved it then, love it now."

Gorsuch User ID: 1254578 10511
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Delicious! Since a family member doesn't like onions, only the flavor they give to recipes, I switched to minced onions and used crushed potato chips to top it off in order to eliminate the french-fried onion rings altogether.

Also, I bought a rotiserie chicken, skinned & shredded it & added it to the ingredients. I also microwaved it to heat it up. I felt baking it would really dry it out."

lab7137 User ID: 4500500 5957
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"I couldn't find just Monterey Jack cheese so I made it with shredded colby and Monterey jack cheese and loved it! My son at first didn't want to try it because of the spinach. I told him it was called "Popeye Surprise" because it was Popeye the Sailorman's favorite dish on account of the spinach. He ate every bite and loved it! Thanks for the recipe. We will definitely have this again."

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