Easy, Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

Awhile ago, I pulled together a bunch of casserole-type dishes to try out for my hospitality journal. I wanted this to be a resource where I could go whenever I needed to make a dish that could easily serve a bunch, without a second thought.

A lot of the recipes I put to the test left a lot to be wanting. But this spaghetti casserole is different, and definitely a winner, by both my and my husband's accounts. I've been tweaking this recipe for about six months, trying new combinations of ingredients, scaling things back, removing others completely. I feel like this finished version is ready to share with you all.

When I make it at home for a regular dinner, it makes four filling servings, but you can easily double the recipe for more folks. Enjoy!

Easy, Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole

1/2 box of whole-wheat spaghetti or angel-hair pasta (about 6.5 ounces)
1/4 to 1/2 pound ground turkey (optional)
1/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
Italian seasoning (about 1/2 tablespoon)

  • If using ground turkey (I leave it out when I don't have any on hand, and it still tastes great!), go on and brown that in a skillet.
  • Also, boil spaghetti until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, combine other ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • When spaghetti is done, drain and pour back into sauce pan. Add browned meat and the cottage-cheese-sauce mixture from the bowl to the pan and mix well. (If you need to add more spaghetti sauce to get it to your liking, go right ahead!)
  • Coat an 8x8 baking dish (like this one) with nonstick spray. (Use your Misto if you have one!) Add spaghetti-and-sauces mixture to dish. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top. Then sprinkle on some dashes of Italian seasoning.
  • Bake uncovered in oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until cheese on top is melted.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Eat up, and enjoy! (Serves 4)
P.S. If you are new to this blog, thank you so much for stopping by! You can feel free to browse all my other posts about my journey toward a lifestyle of simplicity and getting crafty in the kitchen, as well as some of the ways my husband and I are learning to save money. I also write about my faith, my marriage and everything in between, which you can explore in the archives.

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  1. mmm! Looks yummy! Stumbled across your blog and have been lovin' it. Especially the last post on anxiety. Just the encouragement I needed =)

  2. This looks amazing, and I'm definitely going to try it next week! Oh, and I need to e-mail you back - all your info. about the freelancing was awesome :)

  3. @ Natalie - So glad you found my blog and to hear that my post was an encouragement to you. :) That's what I strive for!

    @ Rachel - Awesome! Let me know if you do end up making it. It's one of our faves!

  4. That looks really good, Carmen! And I like that it has "Easy" in the title. ha! I'll have to try it sometime soon. There are 6-7 of us at any given dinner so it may be a good thing to try at my house. :)

  5. I have made this for awhile now. I usually make spaghetti and meat sauce then use the leftovers for the casserole.

  6. That spaghetti casserole sounds like a perfect comfort food. I host a recipe swap every week and I'd love for you to come by and show off a recipe or two. Have a blessed day :)

  7. Made for dinner tonight and my family loved it :) Very yummy!!!! I will link to my blog so people can get the recipe.

    Thanks for sharing!!!!


  8. I'm going to try this! I enjoyed your guest post on Money Saving Mom!

  9. Oh, thanks so much for letting me know, Deborah! I appreciate that :) And let me know if you do try the casserole. It's perfect for these chilly, autumn nights!

  10. I plan to try it this week - thank you!

  11. Oh my goodness! We made this as a family on Sunday after church and as it came out of the oven and cooled my children were eating it with a fork while it was still in the pan. We doubled the recipe and it was so good! It did not even last until Monday night. Thank you!
    Jennifer from NC

  12. Jennifer, oh I'm so glad to hear that! Thanks so much for letting me know how much your family loved this recipe. It is such a favorite around here, as well!

  13. I'm working on Wednesday Night Dinner recipes for our church and I think this could be a winner! Thanks for sharing at URS!

  14. I just made this and stuck it in the fridge for dinner...can't wait to try it! I used ricotta instead of sour cream/cottage cheese, b/c that's what I had and there's no car to go to the store :) Question: have you ever frozen this? Does the cottage cheese/sour cream do ok in the freezer? Thanks for the recipe!

  15. I haven't tried freezing it, personally, but I would expect that it would be fine. If you try it, would you let me know how you think it turns out? I also have used ricotta cheese and thought it was just as tasty! It's a pretty flexible recipe and I love that about it :)


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