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I think the hardest part of this recipe was mixing the noodles with the cream cheese. Here's a couple of helpful tips. Make sure the noodles are very warm and the cream cheese is at room temperature before you start mixing them together. Cut the cream cheese into cubes or even smaller pieces and that will help as well.
Do not go overboard on the Italian Seasoning. I did this once and it was too overpowering and had a very distinct taste.
What Ingredients do I need?
In this section, you can find substitutes or suggestions for certain ingredients. I also will try and list out what the ingredients' purpose is for.
Spaghetti - use whole wheat if you are on the purple plan
Marinara Sauce - I like Rao’s or the Good and Gather brand from Target
Ground beef - lean ground beef like 93% or 96%, ground turkey can also be used
Cream Cheese - let the cream cheese come to room temperature so it’s easier to mix with the warm noodles
How to make Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole
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Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
In a skillet, brown the ground beef until cooked through; drain fat and stir in spaghetti sauce. Set aside.
Cook spaghetti according to directions on packet. Drain and place cooked spaghetti in bowl. Add cream cheese, Italian Seasoning and minced garlic. Stir until cream cheese is melted and the spaghetti is thoroughly coated.
Lightly grease a 9x13" pan. Spread a small amount of meat sauce in the bottom of the dish. Put spaghetti on top of sauce and top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.
To freeze the casserole let it cool completely before wrapping in saran wrap. Cover tightly and place it in the freezer. It's just like freezing lasagna.
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Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole
- Yield: 8 1x
- 12 oz spaghetti
- 1 (28 ounce) jars prepared spaghetti sauce
- 1 lb lean ground beef or lean ground turkey
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 8 ounces cream cheese fat free cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
- In a skillet, brown the ground beef until cooked through; drain fat and stir in spaghetti sauce. Set aside.
- Cook spaghetti according to directions on packet. Drain and place cooked spaghetti in bowl. Add cream cheese, Italian Seasoning and minced garlic. Stir until cream cheese is melted and the spaghetti is thoroughly coated.
- Lightly grease a 9x13" pan. Spread a small amount of meat sauce in the bottom of the dish. Put spaghetti on top of sauce and top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.
My WW Personal Points: 7 Click here to see in recipe builder (will have to log in)
- Serving Size: ⅛th
- Calories: 405
- Sugar: 3.79
- Fat: 13.12
- Saturated Fat: 4.17
- Carbohydrates: 44.07
- Fiber: 2.7
- Protein: 27.89
Carin Elliott says
This is my husbands favorite dinner! I also made it for my aunt and uncle and they loved it too! We use ground venison.
I'm sorry someone has been doing things like that to you! But I'm beyond excited to this recipe!! Thank you for sharing!!❤
Simple,easy and delicious! Thank you for sharing!!!
My family loved it!
Yes that is fine. Thanks for asking.
I love love LOVE this recipe! I make it quite a bit and my husband loves it too. I have a blog where I share recipes I have found and give total credit to the original person. Can I write about this one? You can check out my blog christykg.blogspot.com to see previous posts. Hope you’re having a great day!
I've got this baking in the oven currently and am serving it up with a side of fresh, sautéed green beans! I used Ground turkey and mixed in diced onion and garlic as it cooked - I also seasoned it a LOT with Italian spice. I find that turkey is a blander meat than beef so we have to season it a bit more for our tastes. It looks and smells delicious and even the 9 year old can't wait to try it!
For lower calories and lower carbs, how about using zucchini noodles or sweet potato noodles? Sounds like the cream cheese needs to be softened considerably before using.
Laura S. says
Oh my. I'm usually a spaghetti purist and no jarred sauce allowed kinda gal but this really looks interesting and yummy! Will def have to give this a go. Also sending to my daughter for her and her fam. (And yes.. those shiritaki noodles are disgusting. Like opening a bag of rubber bands and putting them in your mouth)