Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole

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Spaghetti Beef Casserole

Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole is a delicious hot meal that deserves a spot in your regular dinner rotation. This is a super creamy baked spaghetti casserole that can be assembled in advance and will really please the whole family. Love that!

Spaghetti Beef Casserole with a layer of cream cheese and a buttery bread crumb topping.

When I say creamy, I mean a whole block of cream cheese creamy, plus a container of cottage cheese and 1/4 cup sour cream. Yes, it’s a rich meal and because of that you’ll want to serve something light with it like a garden salad or steamed broccoli.

Spaghetti Beef Casserole with a layer of cream cheese and a buttery bread crumb topping.

And don’t even think about dessert after a meal like this.

I think that meaty, cheesy casseroles are a big hit with everyone. Ground Beef Casserole, made with egg noodles and a thick layer of cheese on top, is one of the most popular recipes on this site.

If you’re not a huge fan of cream cheese, I recommend cutting the cream cheese in half because the taste is really present.

With 2 pounds of ground beef in a really flavorful and thick tomato sauce, there’s plenty of meaty goodness to balance the creaminess. A layer of Panko bread crumbs finishes this yummy casserole off.

Spaghetti Beef Casserole with a layer of cream cheese.

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Spaghetti Beef Casserole
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 8
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16-ounce) container cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon salt.
  • ½ cup bread crumbs or Panko crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 pound spaghetti, cooked until al dente
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onion and cook, breaking meat apart, until meat is no longer pink and onions are softened. Drain off any excess grease.
  3. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, oregano, and garlic powder. Stir to mix well. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and check for seasoning. Add salt and pepper if needed.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, and green onions. Mix salt into cheese mixture.
  5. Spray a 9X13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Layer half of spaghetti on bottom of casserole dish. Top with cheese mixture.
  6. Cover cheese mixture with remaining spaghetti. Cover with sauce.
  7. Mix bread crumbs with melted butter and sprinkle on top of casserole.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.

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27 thoughts on “Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole

  1. I make this adding canned mushrooms, drained. I also make it in two containers and freeze one uncooked. Best if thawed frozen one in the fridge overnight, but you can also microwave just until almost thawed and then bake if you don’t have the time to defrost. Can leave the crumb topping off if you are too lazy. lol

  2. I’m thinking I’ll make this tomorrow. One issue, I don’t have the cottage cheese, don’t want to run to the store for it… Plain yogurt should work fine, yes?

  3. This sounds delicious but I would want to layer some of the meat sauce in after the first layer instead if keeping it all for the top like the instructions say….Or am I reaing it wrong

      1. Hi Christin, Huff Post has a link for a chicken artichoke recipe that takes you to this one erroneously…just thought you should know. This looks delish too!

  4. I’m feeling dumb. It says one pound spaghetti. Is that dry or cooked? The coma is after spaghetti but before the cooked. Feeling really silly and stuff is sitting on counter waiting to be cooked.

  5. Wow!! This looks so hearty and delicious! I love how the way you jazzed up spaghetti into this casserole! This would be a big hit at our dinner table!

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