Spaghetti Pie!

I first saw this idea on Pinterest, but found the best instructions from Lindsay@ a Pinch of Yum!  I get requests for this weekly. “P” loves the fact her “sghetti looks like zaa”, two of her favs in one. How bout that…

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oi
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic (optional)
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 15 ounces part skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3-4 cups of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, like Mozzarella
  • parsley and Parmesan for topping

Spaghetti

INSTRUCTIONS

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside to cool.

Mince the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet; add the onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, celery, and carrots; saute for another 5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Stir in the spices and set aside to cool.

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the ricotta and eggs together. Toss the cooked noodles with the vegetable mixture and the ricotta mixture. Transfer to a greased pie dish (mine was 9 inches – you could also just use a 9×13 rectangular pan). The mixture will be heaping in the dish. Top with the sauce and the cheese and cover with oiled aluminum foil so the cheese doesn’t stick. Bake for 20 minutes; remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5-10 minutes to soak up any excess moisture. Top with parsley and Parmesan. Cut into wedges or scoop out with a spoon and serve.

NOTES

You may need extra olive oil to toss with the noodles so they don’t stick together.

Adding one or two more eggs will give the whole thing a little more firmness and help it hold together better. Two eggs was enough for me, but if you really want to get the pie effect and you don’t mind a little extra eggy-ness, you could use three or four eggs.

Check out Lindsay@ a Pinch of Yum for more great ideas or if you’d like to print this recipe!

More inspiration to come…

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