Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti Recipe -

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti Recipe

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti is a rich and comforting twist on traditional spaghetti, incorporating creamy textures and savory flavors. This dish layers al dente spa

ghetti, hearty meat sauce, and a luscious cream cheese mixture, all topped with melted cheese for a delightful oven-baked casserole. Perfect for a cozy family dinner or when you’re in the mood for something indulgently satisfying.

Ingredients:

 

  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pinch garlic salt
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Instructions:

 

Step 1: Preheat Oven and Prepare Spaghetti
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Cook the Ground Beef
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until browned and no longer pink. Drain any excess grease. Add the spaghetti sauce to the skillet with the cooked beef, mix well, and simmer for about 5 minutes.

 

Step 3: Cream Cheese Mixture
In a bowl, combine the softened cream cheese with the minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and garlic salt. Mix until smooth and well blended.

Step 4: Assemble the Casserole
Spread a thin layer of the meat sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Add half of the cooked spaghetti over the sauce. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the spaghetti. Layer the remaining spaghetti over the cream cheese layer, and then cover with the remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese on top.

Step 5: Bake
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the edges are lightly browned.

Step 6: Serve
Let the baked spaghetti stand for about 5 minutes before serving. This allows the layers to set slightly for easier serving. Cut into squares and serve warm.

 

Tips:

  • Cream Cheese Layer: For an even creamier texture, you can mix a little milk or heavy cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Customization: Feel free to add vegetables like spinach, mushrooms, or bell peppers to the meat sauce for added nutrition and flavor.
  • Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warm.

Prep Time:

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40-45 minutes

Conclusion

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti is a hearty, cheesy, and irresistibly creamy dish that’s sure to become a family favorite. With its rich flavors and comforting texture, it’s perfect for a satisfying meal any night of the week. Enjoy the delicious layers of this baked pasta casserole and watch it disappear from the plate!

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