Cheesy Spaghetti Hotdish

Allie's Plate
by Allie's Plate
8 Servings
1 hr

Do you call it hotdish or casserole? Here in Minnesota, most people call it hotdish! I grew up eating all sorts of different hotdishes and now as I get older, I’m realizing my mom probably made them so often because it’s so easy just to throw a bunch of things together and call it a meal! One of my favorite meals growing up was my mom’s spaghetti hotdish. Of course I can never make it quite like hers, so instead I’ve been playing around with different ingredients and I have created this delicious, cheesy spaghetti hotdish. Hopefully my future kids will enjoy it as much as I still enjoy my mom’s!

Cheesy Spaghetti Hotdish
Recipe details
  • 8  Servings
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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  • 1 lb ground beef 
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion 
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz noodles
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup parmesan

On a skillet over medium heat, add ground beef and 1/8 cup onion. (The other 1/8 cup of onion will be used in the sauce.)
Chop up the ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
Cook until no longer pink.
In a saucepan over medium low heat, add the olive oil, the other 1/8 cup of the onions, and the garlic.
Cook until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant.
Then add the tomato paste, marinara sauce, cream cheese, Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes.
While that’s simmering, boil the noodles according to directions.
Once the noodles are done, combine them with the sauce and the hamburger.
Then place in a casserole dish, top with cheese, and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. 
  • You can add more onion to both the ground beef and the sauce if you’d like, or leave it out completely. I don’t like a lot of onions but I do like some of the flavor it brings so I just add a little bit.
  • Ground beef can be replaced with ground bison, ground pork, or ground turkey. You could also make a meatless version if you’d prefer.
  • Seasonings are approximate. Measure with your heart!