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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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    • Donna
      Oct 4, 2020

      I wonder if eggs in the spaghetti before you put in the pan would hold it together better when serving...

    • Dorothy
      Sep 10, 2020

      I made this last week because it reminded me of something my mother used to make years ago. Served it to my husband, who made a face- he hates casseroles- and then proceeded to devour not just one but 2 servings. The next night he ate the leftovers cold because he didn't want to wait to heat it up! I split the recipe into two loaf tins and repeated the layers, sort of like lasagna style, baked the one and froze the other. He's already asking me when I will be cooking the frozen one.

    • Cathy
      Aug 29, 2020

      I haven't tried this yet, but it reminds me of a spaghetti casserole I grew up eating. Spaghetti with sauce, ground beef, halved green olives and topped with cheddar cheese. I actually crave it every so often.

    • Queenlalisa
      Aug 27, 2020

      This was a really good recipe. It made a lot. The leftovers tasted great. They really soaked up the flavors.

    • 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!!!

    • Naomi
      Aug 2, 2020

      No comment left

    • 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.