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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Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Sliders


“B’ asks for these almost on a daily basis! I have to admit-pretty damn good. Great for a grab and go snack plus they keep well in the fridge.

Hot-Ham-and-Cheese-Sliders-with-a-buttery-mustard-glaze

Prep time: 10 minutes  Cook time: 20 minutes Serves: 12

Ingredients

24 Slices of deli honey ham
6 Slices of swiss cheese, cut into fourths
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Poppy seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup Butter melted
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 packages (12 count) KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls

Preparation

Step 1

Cut rolls in half and spread mayo onto 1 side of the rolls. Place a slice or two of ham and slice of swiss cheese in roll. Replace the top of the rolls and bunch them closely together into a baking dish.

Samitch

Step 2

In a medium bowl, whisk together poppy seeds, dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder and worcestershire sauce.

Step 3

Pour sauce over the rolls, just covering the tops. Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for additional 2 minutes until tops are slightly browned and crisp. Serve warm.

I found that “P” cleaned her plate better if I used less poppy seeds. (picky toddlers…)

*You can print out this recipe over at the Kings Hawaiian website.

Stay tuned!

5$ Bookshelves

While researching a way to keep princess P’s room organized, I stumbled across this nifty idea…

Gutter bookshelves

Bookshelves

Then…I got a bit outta control with the Tissue paper flowers and over 250 butterfly wall cutouts!

P's room

Helpful Tip-scrapbook paper offers a lot of cute patterns!

Pins I Didn’t Fail

Sharing one of my “Pins I didn’t fail” projects with y’all today. For princess P’s birthday this year I decided to try on my party planner hat and dove right into Pinterest. I have been making B’s hair fall out at an alarming rate, with all the new projects I have on my list and all. Now, I know all about the blog dedicated to the best Pinterest fails. I know it can make people a bit timid, but just take a look…

First is my Princess pull apart cake!

Super easy, apart from looking like I murdered a Smurf!


Party 1

Tissue Paper Flowers, along with a billion balloons, Frozen PunchMini Pizzas -these went fast,

Mini Macaroni Pies!Marshmallow Pops Dipped Pretzels– so good! and Olaf String Cheese-cute!

The final result-Happy princess P! Just look at her eyes all glazed over.

Party2

Can’t hardly wait for whats next!

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