What is in Million Dollar Spaghetti?
With a name like that, it’s got to be good, right? What makes Million Dollar Spaghetti different from plain ol’ spaghetti is one big factor: it’s baked. The dish has all the regular spaghetti ingredients—with the fun addition of lots of ricotta (because everyone could use a little more creamy cheese in their life).
Why is it called Million Dollar Spaghetti?
While this may be an easy answer, it’s hard to understand just how genius this dish is until you try it. It’s called Million Dollar Spaghetti because that’s how much the people like it. It’s basically worth a million dollars! The pasta to beat all kinds of pasta. The money maker of spaghetti recipes. The name seals the deal, really.
How to make Million Dollar Spaghetti
So how do you make this $1,000,000 dish? Johnson reveals her secrets:
1. Boil the pasta and cook it a little bit before “al dente,” because it’ll cook a little bit more while it’s in the oven. While your pasta is cooking, sauté whatever meat you want to add to the dish, if any. We suggest ground beef, ground turkey or Italian sausage. Once everything is done on the stove, grab a baking dish and start layering your ingredients, starting with the tomato sauce. The layers go sauce, pasta, a lot of ricotta, more pasta, meat of choice, more tomato sauce and all of that is topped off with mozzarella.
2. You then pop that in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and a little crispy on top, just about 30 minutes, give or take a few.
3. Now all you have to do is let it cool slightly and serve! The final product is an ooey-gooey cheesy mess in all the best ways. Similar to lasagna or baked ziti, Million Dollar Spaghetti has all those familiar Italian flavors from all the ingredients we know and love.
Give it a try tonight!
Million Dollar Spaghetti (Recipe)
- 1 jar (16 ounce) pasta sauce
- 1 package (1 lb) of spaghetti
- 1 cup of ricotta cheese (or more for more creaminess)
- 1 lb Italian sausage, casing removed
- 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Fill a large pot up with salted water and bring it to a boil. Once it’s boiling add your noodles and cook them according to the package, but cook them a little under “al dente.”
- While the noodles are cooking, cut up the Italian sausage into smaller pieces. Heat up some oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the sausage. Saute the meat until it begins to have a darker crispy outside. After about 7 minutes, remove the meat from the pan so it doesn’t overcook.
- Start prepping your baking dish by adding a light layer of pasta sauce on the bottom. Once the noodles are done, you can add a layer of those next. Then add a layer of ricotta cheese, spreading it across the dish so it covers the noodles completely. Add more spaghetti on top of that then layer the finished sausage on top and add more pasta sauce.
- Finally, top off the dish with as much mozzarella as you would like, being sure to cover everything with a layer of cheese.
- Bake this in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on browning around the edges and melted cheese. Once you see some crispiness on the outside remove the dish.
- Serve as is and enjoy!