We love spaghetti with ground beef, but this dish is delicious with other meats as well.
Ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground Italian sausage are all great choices.
I even sometimes will do half ground beef, half ground Italian sausage and it makes it very flavorful.
Can I Use A Different Type of Pasta?
Yes. While spaghetti noodles are traditional, you can of course use other noodle types such as linguine, rotini, or penne.
Just make sure you adjust your cooking times accordingly and if using a larger noodle, make sure there’s enough liquid to fully cover the pasta noodles.
What is The Best Cheese for Spaghetti?
My personal favorite cheese for spaghetti is fresh, whole-milk mozzarella cheese.
It adds such a delicious flavor, melts great, and pairs perfectly with tomato sauce.
I also LOVE adding cream cheese to my spaghetti to make it creamier and richer.
What Can You Add to Spaghetti to Give it More Flavor?
Spaghetti doesn’t have to be boring! There are so many simple ingredients you can add to spaghetti to give it more flavor or extra nutrition.
For starters, I always recommend adding in some dried or fresh herbs such as basil, parsley, or an Italian seasoning blend.
Another way you can really amp up the flavor is by adding in a splash of red wine or balsamic vinegar to your spaghetti sauce. Just a tablespoon or so will give your sauce a deeper, richer flavor.
If you like veggies, diced onion and mushrooms, grated carrots and zucchini, or chopped red or green bell peppers would all be delicious additions. Simply add them in and sauté them while you’re cooking your meat. You can also add in some freshly chopped spinach at the end.
To give your pasta a little kick, you can add in some crushed red pepper flakes.
Instead of using all ground beef, you can use half ground beef and half ground Italian sausage. This adds a saltiness to the dish that tastes delicious.
How Do I Store Leftover Skillet Spaghetti?
Refrigerate leftover skillet spaghetti in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Re-heat individual servings in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, until warm.
How To Make Skillet Spaghetti with Cream Cheese
Ingredients Needed for Skillet Spaghetti
Lean Ground Beef
Seasonings – Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning, Salt, and Pepper
Next, add in seasonings to include onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper, and stir until evenly combined. Add in crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce one at a time, stirring in between until evenly combined.
Lastly, add in half-cut spaghetti noodles and immediately cover with water. You can also break apart regular spaghetti noodles in half. Carefully stir the pasta in with the meat and sauce mixture, ensuring the spaghetti noodles are fully immersed in the liquid.
Let the mixture come to simmering boil over medium heat and cook covered with the lid for 12-14 minutes, until the pasta is tender and most of the liquid has cooked down. Remove the lid and stir the spaghetti noodles every 2-3 minutes to prevent them from sticking to each other and the pan.
Next, preheat your oven broiler. Stir in the softened, cream cheese and mix until evenly combined. Sprinkle the top with freshly shredded Mozzarella cheese and place the skillet spaghetti under the broiler for 1-3 minutes, until the top is a light golden brown and the cheese has fully melted.
Remove from the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving. If desired, top with fresh Parsley and enjoy!
Refrigerate leftover skillet spaghetti in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Re-heat individual servings in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until warm.
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I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe for my Cast Iron Skillet Spaghetti with Cream Cheese!
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