Make ahead instructions: You can prepare million dollar spaghetti 1 day ahead of time. Follow recipe instructions up to step 8 (just before baking). allow it to cool, cover it well with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator until ready to bake.Freezing instructions: Prepare recipe right up until the baking step. Cover well with greased aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days, then bake for about 20 minutes covered and then 15-20 minutes uncovered. If baking from frozen, bake covered for about 40 minutes, then uncover and bake 20-30 minutes longer, or until bubbly and warm.Possible Recipe variations:
Vegetarian million dollar spaghetti: leave out the meat entirely or substitute plant based meat!
Ground beef vs. sausage: I like to use both ground beef and ground Italian sausage in this recipe but you don't have to use both. If you do, consider saving the leftover 1/2 pound of Italian sausage to make Baked Ziti or Pizza Casserole.
Sub ricotta: if you prefer ricotta cheese to cottage cheese, feel free to substitute at a 1:1 ratio!
Switch up the pasta: we use spaghetti for million dollar spaghetti but feel free to use your favorite kind of pasta.