Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

How to make Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 16 ounces spaghetti pasta
  • 28 ounces pasta sauce
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 pinch garlic salt
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350*
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and boil the noodles according to package directions.
  • In a skillet, brown the ground beef.
  • Drain all the fat from the meat
  • Add the spaghetti sauce and stir to combine.
  • Drain the spaghetti and place it in a large bowl
  • Add cream cheese, garlic salt, minced garlic, Italian seasoning
  • Stir until the spaghetti is coated and the cream cheese is melted
  • Spread a small portion of the meat sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish
  • Place the spaghetti noodles on the top of that sauce
  • Spoon the remainder of the meat sauce over the top
  • Sprinkle the grated parmesan on top of the meat sauce
  • Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella on top
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly on the top.
  • Sprinkle more Parmesan on the top and serve.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

SERVING SIZE: 1

Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 80 | TOTAL FAT: 14g | SATURATED FAT: 8g | TRANS FAT: 6g | CHOLESTEROL: 140mg | SODIUM: 24mg | CARBOHYDRATES: 120g | SUGAR: 18g | PROTEIN: 12g

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use a different type of meat instead of ground beef?

  • Yes, you can definitely use other types of ground meat like turkey, chicken, or pork instead of ground beef.
  • Just keep in mind that the flavor and texture might vary slightly based on the meat you choose.

Can I use a different type of pasta?

  • Absolutely, while the recipe calls for spaghetti, you can use other types of pasta such as penne, fettuccine, or even whole wheat pasta.
  • Cooking times might vary, so adjust accordingly and based on your preference.

Can I add vegetables to this dish?

  • Definitely, adding vegetables is a great way to enhance the nutritional value and flavor of the dish. You can include sautéed spinach, diced bell peppers, mushrooms, or even grated carrots.
  • Just make sure to cook or sauté the vegetables before adding them to the pasta.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

  • Yes, you can assemble the dish ahead of time and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake.
  • Just cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and bake it when you’re ready.
  • You might need to increase the baking time slightly since the dish will be cold from the refrigerator.

What can I serve with this baked spaghetti?

  • This dish can be quite hearty on its own, but you can complement it with a side salad, garlic bread, or steamed vegetables for a well-rounded meal.
  • A simple green salad with a tangy vinaigrette can provide a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of the baked spaghetti.

Can I use ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef?

  • Absolutely! You can substitute ground turkey or chicken for the lean ground beef if you prefer a lighter meat option.
  • The flavor might vary slightly, but it’s a great way to personalize the dish to your taste.

Can I use a different type of cheese for topping?

  • Certainly! While the recipe calls for Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, you can get creative with the cheese blend.
  • You might consider using provolone, cheddar, or a combination of your favorite cheeses to achieve your desired flavor.

Is there a way to make this dish vegetarian?

Yes, you can make a vegetarian version of this dish by omitting the ground meat and using plant-based alternatives like meatless crumbles or sautéed mushrooms for added texture and flavor.