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Vegetarian Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole

Meatless Million Dollar Spaghetti – A vegetarian spin on the pasta casserole with a cream cheese layer that “tastes like a million dollars!”

Vegetarian Million Dollar Spaghetti twirled with fork

So you're probably wondering why this is called “Million Dollar Spaghetti?”

As far as I can tell, the recipe originated from here and named it that because: it tastes like a million dollars!

The reason I'm clarifying “vegetarian” even though every post on this blog will be vegetarian, is because the original recipe has a pound of meat as one of the layers.

It also contains a WHOLE STICK of butter. I decided to halve the amount of butter considered calling this “thousand dollar” spaghetti instead because of those modifications, but I didn't think it was fair. Half a mil pasta? 

Either way it's good! If you decide to add 8 tablespoons butter instead of 4, it's probably even better. But I like to cut corners a little bit where I can.

half eaten meatless million dollar spaghetti casserole

To compensate for whatever flavor might be lost from the butter and meat layer, I added some seasoning to the cream cheese and I also used the Thick & Hearty Mushroom sauce from Ragu's new Homestyle line.

Any flavored pasta sauce will add some more flavor, which I recommend (unless you don't like veggies).

Ragu homestyle sauce - 4 flavors

You can also play around with the type of cheese – I this with cheddar cheese and another batch mozzarella cheese. This is called Trial and Eater after all, so I have to live up to my name.

There was no clear winner here, as the verdict was split at my dinner party – so just use whichever cheese you tend to like best!

My personal choice is the mozzarella for the simplicity of the dish, but I still enjoyed the cheddar version, which definitely adds another level of flavor.

Vegetarian Million Dollar Spaghetti with cheddar cheese, spooning out of the casserole dish Either way this recipe will feed a crowd – just like most of my pasta recipes (grandma's ziti being the favorite).

So you can split it into two 8×8 casserole dishes and freeze one, or just invite everyone you know over.

Meatless Million Dollar Spaghetti with mozzarella cheese

Yield: 8

Vegetarian Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole

Vegetarian Million Dollar Spaghetti - Pasta casserole with a cream cheese layer that will feed a crowd.

Vegetarian Million Dollar Spaghetti - A meatless spin on the pasta casserole with a cream cheese layer that "tastes like a million dollars!"

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb box of noodles, spaghetti or angel hair
  • 1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon italian seasoning or other dried herbs, (optional)
  • 1 (23 oz.) can spaghetti sauce - I used Ragu Homestyle mushroom flavor
  • 1 (8 oz.) package shredded mozzarella cheese, (or sharp cheddar depending on preference)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Boil water in a large pot and cook noodles according to package instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream and melted butter in a bowl and mix until combined. Add the italian seasoning if using.
  4. Drain spaghetti noodles once cooked. In a large casserole dish or two smaller 8x8 casserole dishes, arrange half the spaghetti noodles at the bottom of the dishes.
  5. Add cream cheese mixture to the noodles, spreading out to make an even layer.
  6. Cover with remaining spaghetti noodles, sauce, then the shredded cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.

Notes

Inspired by the Million Dollar Spaghetti found here: http://ashleykaitlin.blogspot.com/2011/01/million-dollar-spaghetti.html

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 411mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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Thalia @ butter and brioche

Friday 10th of June 2016

i've never tried a spaghetti casserole before! Looks so so good. Definitely a recipe I need for this winter.

Erlene A

Thursday 9th of June 2016

I've never made pasta with cottage cheese and cream cheese. Will have to give this a try for our veggie meal nights.