Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spaghetti Pie with a boost!

Quite a while back I posted my go-to Spaghetti Pie recipe that I've been making for a while. And then I came across a new recipe that made my old one look a little bland and boring. This one is packed with veggies, meat, and yummy spices and it's oh-so-good! My husband is a big fan of anything pasta. And when it has beef in it, it's even better. I'm pretty sure he'll be requesting that I make this often. I guess I'll still occasionally make the old one when I'm in the mood for something quick and easy, but this one is a lot more fun!

You start with your ground beef - about 3/4 of a pound. Brown it up, drain off the fat, then throw in chopped onion, green pepper and garlic. Saute those for about 5 minutes, or until they begin to get soft.

In goes your tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. It simmers for about 20 minutes to let all of those great flavors blend.

Meanwhile, begin assembling your pie. You'll need about 8 ounces of cooked spaghetti mixed with butter, Parmesan and eggs. Use the largest pie pan you have - I could barely fit everything into my pan, and had a little leftover sauce. If you don't have a large pie pan, use a little less spaghetti to leave room for everything else. In the pan, press the spaghetti mixture along the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Top it with a layer of ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. This makes it so nice and cheesy!

Spread your meat sauce over the cheeses. You could even just make the meat sauce and serve it over your favorite pasta. It's really tasty!

Then top it with a whole cup of Parmesan cheese. Bake in 375° degree F oven for about 20 minutes.

The cheese melts so nicely and it's a wonderfully tasty meal. It's great with some crusty garlic bread on the side. Thanks to Reeni at Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice for the recipe!

Spaghetti Pie
(from Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice)

8 ounces spaghetti
¾ pound ground beef
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Small onion, diced
½ green pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups tomato sauce or diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
2 Tbsp. butter
1 and 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 and ½ cup ricotta cheese

1. Cook spaghetti to al dente according to package directions. In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat cook ground beef. Drain off the grease.

2. Push the meat to the sides of the pan leaving space in the center. Add the oil, onion, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for about five minutes then add in tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. Let simmer for about 20 minutes.

3. In a large bowl mix spaghetti with butter, 1/3 cup Parmesan, and eggs. Put the spaghetti mixture in a greased pie dish. Push the spaghetti up the sides of the pan and evenly over the bottom ‘forming’ the crust. Spread ricotta over spaghetti crust and then sprinkle on the mozzarella. Top with meat mixture and the remaining cup of Parmesan. Bake in 375° oven for 20 minutes.


Everyday Is Delicious said...

It turned out beautiful!! Thanks for trying it and all your kind words!

Sara said...

I've never had spaghetti pie before, but it looks so good! What a fun twist on an old favorite.

Heather said...

i've never made spaghetti pie - but anything with sauce, cheese and pasta makes me very, very happy!

Maria said...

Great dinner idea! I will have to try a veggie version!

Elyse said...

Wow, I'm so impressed. You just managed to make spaghetti and meat sauce even more of a comfort food than it already was. A pie?! This sounds so fabulous. I think I need to make this for dinner tomorrow. My boyfriend will go nuts over this!

CookingCourtney said...

that looks so good!

Anonymous said...

WOAH! I've never even heard of a spaghetti pie! That is no joke! That looks AMAZING!!!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love the presentation and I know my kids would love this!

Tammy said...

This looks like a fun, even company-worthy, recipe. It looks delicious!
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test it comm said...

I like the sound of a spaghetti pie.

Anonymous said...

I've never had spaghetti pie before, or even heard of it, but this looks like it would be a great meal. I love the layer of cheese in the middle!

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Rachel said...

I saved this in my favorites back when your first posted and finally made it tonight. YUM! My husband and I both loved this dish!