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Baked Spaghetti With Cream Cheese

Pasta and marinara & cream sauce come together in this simple baked spaghetti with cream cheese recipe. A French fried onion topping adds flavor and crunch!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Spaghetti With Cream Cheese, Baked Spaghetti With Cream Cheese Recipe, How Do I Make Baked Spaghetti With Cream Cheese, How To Make Baked Spaghetti With Cream Cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 716kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dried spaghetti uncooked
  • 2 (24-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce~ divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • as needed olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet red pepper, ribs and seeds removed then diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces--(1 1/2--8ounce packages) 8-Ounce Packages Cream Cheese, softened at room temperature, and cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1-2 cup french fried onions

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9X13 inch baking dish; set aside.
  • Cook Spaghetti according to package directions, just until al dente. Drain well and return cooked pasta to original pot it was cooked in. Add 1 jar of prepared marinara sauce and toss to evenly coat pasta.
  • In a large skillet, brown beef adding the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and cook until there is no longer any pink. Remove cooked beef to a paper towel lined plate; set aside. Drain and discard all but 2 tablespoon of fat from skillet. If you don't have 2 tablespoon of oil, add enough olive oil to compensate. (Just eyeball this. You only need enough oil to saute the veggies.)
  • In a medium bowl mix the cooked beef and remaining 1 jar of prepared marinara sauce.
  • Add onions, red peppers, and garlic to skillet and saute until they are soft. Remove from heat. Add cream cheese, sour cream, and Mozzarella to skillet and stir until well combined. Set aside.
  • In prepared baking dish, add about 1/3 of a cup of sauce-meat mixture, and spread to cover bottom of dish.
  • Add all the spaghetti to baking dish and spread out evenly.
  • Add the cream cheese-veggie mixture to baking dish and spread out evenly.
  • Add the sauce-meat mixture to baking dish and spread out evenly. Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in preheat oven until casserole is baked through the center, about 25 minutes.
  • Remove casserole and top with the french fried onions and bake another 5 minutes, watching carefully so onions do not burn. SERVE!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 716kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 1221mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1090IU | Vitamin C: 16.8mg | Calcium: 370mg | Iron: 2.5mg