Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole

Step into the comforting ambiance of Grandma’s kitchen, where the alluring scent of her iconic Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole fills the air, evoking cherished memories of family warmth. This beloved recipe, a timeless masterpiece handed down through generations, elevates a simple pasta dish into a culinary symphony deserving of its million-dollar acclaim. 

The beauty of this casserole lies in its layers. Grandma’s artistry begins with a foundation of perfectly cooked spaghetti, followed by a velvety blend of cheeses, a savory meat sauce, and a final crowning layer of more cheese that bakes to golden perfection.

  • As Grandma worked her culinary magic, the kitchen would come alive with the symphony of bubbling pots and the enchanting aromas of garlic, tomatoes, and the unmistakable scent of melting cheese that signaled the imminent creation of a culinary masterpiece.


  • 1 Lb.Of spaghetti.
  • 1 Lb.Of ground beef.
  • 1 finely chopped onion.
  • 2 minced cloves garlic.
  • 1 (28 oz) can.Of crushed tomatoes.
  • 1 (6 oz) can.Of tomato paste.
  • 1 Tsp.Of dried oregano.
  • 1 Tsp.Of dried basil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2 Cups.Of ricotta cheese.
  • 2 Cups.Of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • 1 Cup.Of grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Fresh basil for garnish (optional).



1st Step – Set your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

2nd Step – In a skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Add chopped onion and minced garlic, cooking until softened.
3rd Step – Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer for about 15 minutes.In the prepared baking dish, layer half of the cooked spaghetti.
4th Step – Spread half of the ricotta cheese over the spaghetti. Top with half of the meat sauce. Repeat the layers.Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the top layer, ensuring an even distribution.
5th Step – Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes before serving.

6th Step – Garnish with fresh basil if desired. Slice, serve, and savor the flavors of Grandma’s cherished Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole.


  • Customize the meat sauce with your favorite herbs or a dash of red pepper flakes for added heat.
  • Experiment with different cheese combinations for a unique twist.

Grandma’s Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole is not just a dish; it’s a journey back in time, a taste of heritage, and a tribute to the culinary traditions that weave through generations. Recreate this beloved recipe in your own kitchen, and with each bite, let the flavors transport you to the warmth of Grandma’s kitchen and the enduring love that infused every dish she prepared.

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