This is a very easy casserole using basic ingredients. It has been a big hit with my family. It's simple to make and consists of ground beef, spaghetti, tomatoes, and spices - all baked together and topped with cheese.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute the ground beef for 5 minutes, or until browned; drain excess fat.

  • Prepare the spaghetti according to package directions; drain water.

  • In a 2 quart casserole, combine the browned beef, cooked spaghetti, tomatoes, onion soup mix, sour cream, basil, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together well.

  • Cover dish and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Top with the cheese and bake, uncovered, for 15 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

824 calories; protein 36g 72% DV; carbohydrates 49.4g 16% DV; fat 52.4g 81% DV; cholesterol 151.4mg 51% DV; sodium 588.5mg 24% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2003
I made changes to this and it was very good.I used less than 8oz. spaghetti and broke into 4 sections then boiled(much easier for eating.) I used 28oz. can Contadina crushed tomatoes in puree. Omitted onion soup. Used 1/2tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp onion powder. Franks red hot sauce & one half of a pound loaf velveeta. Used rest ing. as listd. If you use Velveeta becareful W/ adding additional salt. I put sauce ing. in bowl so I could adjust flavors then added to meat untill cheese melted. Pored into 3 qt. oblong dish and slowly added pasta. Bake as directed. It came out creamy and not dry at all. Delish! Thanks Rhonda! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/23/2003
My family really liked this recipe but I did not. Per previous suggestions used shell noodles and added a little extra basil. It was still very bland and dry tasting to me. I even used a little extra cheese it hopes to make it creamier...it did not work. My boyfriend said he would love to see me make this one again although I doubt I will. Thanks anyways. Read More
(19)
208 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 63
  • 4 star values: 89
  • 3 star values: 29
  • 2 star values: 17
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2003
I made changes to this and it was very good.I used less than 8oz. spaghetti and broke into 4 sections then boiled(much easier for eating.) I used 28oz. can Contadina crushed tomatoes in puree. Omitted onion soup. Used 1/2tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp onion powder. Franks red hot sauce & one half of a pound loaf velveeta. Used rest ing. as listd. If you use Velveeta becareful W/ adding additional salt. I put sauce ing. in bowl so I could adjust flavors then added to meat untill cheese melted. Pored into 3 qt. oblong dish and slowly added pasta. Bake as directed. It came out creamy and not dry at all. Delish! Thanks Rhonda! Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2004
I scaled recipe to 12 since I was having a crowd of teenagers to dinner. Added the chopped onion to beef, about 6 drops of hot sauce, a tbsp. minced garlic, some garlic salt and mindful of the comments about the onion soup mix, I only added 1 package to 3 lbs of ground beef. Also added bread crumbs to the cheese topping. Everyone loved it and ate and ate until there was no more. I will definitely make again. Thanks! Read More
(32)
Rating: 2 stars
07/23/2003
My family really liked this recipe but I did not. Per previous suggestions used shell noodles and added a little extra basil. It was still very bland and dry tasting to me. I even used a little extra cheese it hopes to make it creamier...it did not work. My boyfriend said he would love to see me make this one again although I doubt I will. Thanks anyways. Read More
(19)
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Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2003
This is "hamburger helper" type food but it was quick easy and turned out well. I left out the onion soup-mix entirely subbed elbow mac for the spaghetti used a couple of real garlic cloves instead of the garlic salt and spiced it up with "mexican" flavored diced tomatoes and some chili powder. I also diced up some green bell pepper and added it to the frying meat. This is a good basic recipe that's easy to modify to suit your needs. Read More
(14)
Rating: 1 stars
06/28/2003
I am sorry...I followed this recipe to the letter..except I did not have basil. Anyway this was not good at all!! The onion soup mix WAS overpowering. My son did not like it at all ethier. There are not any suggestions that I could give this recipe...but to pass this one up and keep looking!!! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2005
I liked this recipe because it was quick and easy. I substituted in mozzerella cheese for a more Italian taste. I also layered the ingredients instead of mixing them together (for presentation) Overall pretty good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2004
I thought this recipe turned out good. This is a recipe where you can make a few changes to suite your preferences and it wouldn't matter that much so thats what I did. When browning the meat i added peppers to it. Depending on your taste you could either use hot green or whatever kind of pepper you like. INstead of using garlic powder I diced up a few garlic cloves and put that in with the meat and peppers. We think fresh garlic gives it food a better flavor. I used rotini noodles and they worked really well. I read how the other users said it was a little dry so instead of using a small can of tomatoes i used a 28 oz can. I used about three fourths of it and saved the rest to top it when we ate it. Next time i make it I would definitely use the whole big can. This is also a good recipe to make if say you don't have time to cook like me on that particular day. I made it that morning everything but tossing it in the oven and when people were ready to eat while i was at work all they had to do was toss it in the oven and put cheese on it presto they have a hot meal in half an hour. Its not the best meal ever but it is a really good quick family meal. We used leftover sour cream tomatoes and cheese to top it before we ate it. The last change I made was hot sauce i wanted to add hot sauce to it before it was baked but i forgot to so we just added it to our portions as we ate it. If you like spicy things it added a really good flavor. Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2010
I followed the recipe exactly except used ground turkey for the beef. This is just an average casserole. We did like the flavor of the onion soup pared with sour cream. DH and I both felt like it came up short. Something big was definitely missing. Read More
(5)
Rating: 2 stars
03/31/2003
Sorry didn't like it. All I could taste was onion soup. Hubby thought it was okay. Read More
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