Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

This is a recipe I’ve been dying to try. Pasta dinner always makes my family happy! Pasta with cream cheese makes my family elated!!! When I read about it, I though man, this spaghetti recipe sounds ahh-mazing. Then I saw it pinned about a bazillion times and people where saying things like, “took this to a pot luck and they practically licked the dish clean!” As if I wasn’t already Jonesing to make it, that comment completely cinched the deal!

Well, let me tell ya, this totally lived up to all my expectations. It has become the family’s favorite spaghetti recipe! It’s a wonderful comfort food meal that makes the whole house smell incredible while it’s being prepared. My family absolutely devoured it. We had a tiny bit left over, and my son called dibs on the leftovers at breakfast the next morning. I had to literally beg to have a measly bite!

Since you use a jarred spaghetti sauce, this comes together pretty quickly. You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze without the French Fried onions. Don’t forget to add them 5 minutes before casserole is finished cooking.

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

By December 22, 2012



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook Spaghetti according to package directions, just until al dente. Drain well and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, brown beef adding the oregano, salt and pepper, and cook until there is no longer any pink. Remove cooked beef to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of fat from skillet. If you don't have 1 tablespoon of oil, add enough olive oil to compensate. (Just eyeball this. You only need enough oil to saute the veggies.)
  4. Add peppers and onions to skillet and saute until they are soft. Add cream cheese and milk to skillet and stir until well combined. Set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl mix the cooked beef and spaghetti sauce.
  6. In a 9x13 inch baking dish, add about 1/3 of a cup of sauce-meat mixture, and spread to cover bottom of dish.
  7. Add all the spaghetti to baking dish and spread out evenly.
  8. Add the cream cheese-veggie mixture to baking dish and spread out evenly.
  9. Add the sauce-meat mixture to baking dish and spread out evenly.
  10. Top casserole with Parmesan cheese.
  11. Bake in preheat oven until casserole is baked through the center, about 25 minutes.
  12. Top casserole with the french fried onions and bake another 5 minutes, watching carefully so onions do not burn. SERVE :)
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Source:Adapted from Salad in a Jar

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23 Responses to Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

  1. bellini

    It does sound perfect for every pot luck, a must try ..

  2. cakewhiz

    omg! it’s after midnight here and now all i can think about is getting a plate of that spaghetti…lol

  3. Julie

    So you would bake this first, then freeze? Any idea how long to bake once thawed to reheat?

  4. Nancy

    No where could I find what you did with the parmesan cheese?
    Did I miss something?

    • Kathleen

      Hey Nancy, it was me that missed something! I’ve update the recipe. Thanks so much :)

  5. Lori

    I use a large can of the fried onions and in another (almost identical recipe I have) to save a bit of time you can put the butter and your veggies in a glass bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Unbelievably, this “sautes” them! Then add in the cream cheese (I also use Cream Cheese with Chives for this recipe) and stir. The heated veggies melt down the cream cheese :)

  6. Martha Dee

    Where I’d you get that beautiful dish?

    • Kathleen

      My favorite place Home Goods and they had a few other fun shapes!!!

  7. helen

    I make something similar, but with potatoes and an alfredo type sauce. This sounds even better!

  8. Cheryl Watts

    Loved it! I didn’t have spaghetti noodles so I improvised! Also I mixed the noodles right in with the cream cheese mixture before putting in the pan. My family loved it!

    • Kathleen

      Cheryl so happy to hear it!

  9. Connie

    My favorite recipe find of the century!! Soooooo delicious. Company worthy.

    • Kathleen

      Thanks Connie! I’m so happy you think so :)

  10. Margaret Hughes

    Can you please tell me what French Fried Onions are? I am in Australia, not sure I have ever seen a tin?

    • Kathleen

      Hi Margaret! They’re like a thinly battered, 1 inch diameter, shoe string onion ring. Hope that helps!

      • Kathleen

        Thanks so much for the info!

  11. Jeannie

    Can you tell me about how many this serves?

    • Kathleen

      Hi Jeannie. It serves 6-8 😉

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  13. Shelley

    You don’t need to cook the noodles first?

    • Kathleen

      Hey Shelley. Step 2 in the instructions directs you to cooking the pasta according to the package directions. Does that help?

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