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Spaghetti Pie Casserole

My family adores this spaghetti casserole. It's old-timey comfort food. This is how to make baked spaghetti with cream cheese. —Patricia Lavell, Islamorada, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) spaghetti
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese


  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and sour cream until blended; stir in green onions. In a greased 11x7-in. baking dish, layer the spaghetti, cream cheese mixture and meat mixture. Top with shredded cheese.
  • Bake, covered, at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake until cheese is bubbly, 5-10 minutes longer.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • A Monterey, California, businessman named David Jacks made Monterey Jack cheese popular in the late 1800s by shipping it to San Francisco and other areas of the U.S.
  • To keep pasta from sticking together when cooking, use a large pot with plenty of water. Add a little cooking oil if desired (this also prevents boiling over).
  • Check out 75 pasta casseroles for your 13x9.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 396 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 622mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.


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    • Margaret
      Aug 5, 2020

      I made this recipe, with a few substitutions. Ground Italian sausage and a ricotta/mozzarella mix, instead of ground beef and sour cream/cream cheese mixture. Great, easy, and delicious. I like that the size wasn't too much for the two of us, yet it would easily feed a family of 4 or 5. I will definitely make this again!!!

    • Janeen
      Jun 16, 2020

      The sour cream and cream cheese really gave it a ¨Zing.¨

    • Timfany
      Jun 7, 2020

      Had to look this up my sister just dropped some off that a guy she is dating made, and it was wonderful, this will serve as a good base to start with, he also put mushrooms and mini Turkey pepperoni in his, and a splash of ranch dressing

    • leanne
      May 27, 2020

      This is a great recipe! Kids loved it! I’ve made it as is and I’ve made a low fat version in which I use ground turkey and omit the cream cheese and sour cream. Both are very good!

    • tammycookblogsbooks
      May 12, 2020

      This is good. I mixed together the cooked spaghetti, cream cheese, sour cream, and salt for flavor. Then layered with the meat mixture.

    • Cindy
      Apr 21, 2020

      I add Parmesan grated cheese as well. Today I used sweet Italian sausage instead. This is FANTASIC everybody loves it. I have made it several times.

    • Debbie
      Apr 8, 2020

      Takes about 45 minutes with Cooking but they were delicious

    • sandra
      Apr 3, 2020

      I just made this dish and I did add extra meat sauce, basil, oregano, sour cream and extra cream and cheddar cheese on top, yes it was good, I added extra ingredients because I didn't want it to be too dry.

    • Cinn
      Oct 18, 2019

      Response to Taylor on August 14, 2019. If meat is murder, then that "murdered" cattle was super delicious! Yum! Get over yourself you weirdo!

    • AuntieAl
      Sep 18, 2019

      Just a thought, but I would prefer the meat sauce and spaghetti be combined. First layer noodles and meat sauce, then layer sour cream and cream cheese, then another layer of noodles and meat sauce then finally top with a blend of shredded mozzarella and cheddar or shredded cheese of your choice. Garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan and some snipped chives or minced parsley.