This is called 'Million Dollar Spaghetti' and I'm so glad I finally found the slow cooker version!


Introducing Slow Cooker Million Dollar Spaghetti, a recipe that magically combines the comfort of pasta and cheese to create a family dinner experience that’s both rich and satisfying. Rooted in the tradition of hearty, baked pasta dishes, this meal elevates the classic with a luxurious mix of cheeses and a creamy texture, making it a standout indulgence. Ideal for hectic evenings yet elegant enough for guests, this dish is destined to become a beloved staple in your recipe collection. Imagine serving a dish that envelops your family in a warm, cheesy embrace on those cozy nights.

Complement your Slow Cooker Million Dollar Spaghetti with a light green salad tossed in Italian dressing or a crisp Caesar salad. Add garlic bread or crusty rolls to mop up the sumptuous sauce, and for dessert, consider fresh fruit or a refreshing sorbet to complete the meal.

Slow Cooker Million Dollar Spaghetti

Serves 8


1 pound ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

24 oz marinara sauce

8 oz cream cheese, softened

2 cups cottage cheese

1/4 cup sour cream

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tsp Italian seasoning

16 oz spaghetti noodles, cooked al dente

Salt and pepper, to taste

Non-stick cooking spray


Brown the ground beef with onion and garlic in a skillet. Drain fat and mix in marinara sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

Blend cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, and Italian seasoning in a bowl.

Grease the slow cooker with non-stick spray.

Layer meat sauce, followed by spaghetti, then the cheese mixture in the slow cooker. Repeat layers.

Top with mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.

Cook on LOW for 4 hours.

Let it sit for 20 minutes before serving.

Variations & Tips:

For extra flavor, add sliced mushrooms or black olives.

For a vegetarian version, replace beef with sautéed spinach or zucchini.

For a lighter dish, use low-fat dairy products and lean ground turkey.

Gluten-free pasta can be substituted for those with dietary restrictions.

Garnish with fresh basil for an extra touch of freshness.

Slow Cooker Million Dollar Spaghetti is more than just a meal; it’s a dish that brings everyone to the table, feeling loved and well-fed. Here’s to delightful cooking and shared moments!

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