Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Spaghetti Pie

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We have been speaking about acts of kindness.  I am going to share with you a recipe for a GREAT dish to share with others.  Spaghetti Pie. It is kid-friendly, just ask my children's friends who LOVE this!  It is great to bring with a salad and bread to your aunt who recently had surgery, a friend who lost a parent or a family just bringing home a baby.

A dear lady I know recently had surgery and my Heartworks group is making meals for her.  Yesterday, since so many are still without power, and I am fortunate enough to have lights and heat, I made this meal to bring to her.

This recipe is easy, quick and great for making ahead and freezing.

You begin by cooking a pound of spaghetti in salted water. (I used Botticelli)
Botticelli spaghetti

When it is cooked, drain and stir a little margarine or butter into the warm pasta.  Add some grated Parmesan cheese and two eggs. 

Cooked pasta with Parmesan cheese and eggs

Stir until blended. Then press the pasta into two greased glass pie plates, forming a crust.

pasta crust

Meanwhile, in a skillet, brown a pound and a half of ground beef with some dried minced onion.

browned ground beef

Once meat is completely browned, drain and add a can of tomato sauce (I like Luigi Vitelli), a little sugar, oregano, basil and garlic powder.

oregano, basil and garlic powderLuigi Vitelli tomato sauce

Heat this mixture on the stove.  Once meat and sauce are warm, spread on top of pasta crust like this:

meat and sauce on pasta crust

Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese (or other cheese of your choice.)
cheese added

You can wrap and freeze the dishes at this point.  OR to serve right away, bake covered for 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Spaghetti Pie

Makes two Spaghetti Pies, 6 servings each.

Spaghetti Pie

1 lb dry spaghetti
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 T dried minced onion
1 (16oz) can Luigi Vitelli tomato sauce
1 t sugar
2 t dried oregano
2 t garlic powder
1 t dried basil
Additional Parmesan (or mozzarella, cheddar) cheese for topping

Cook the pasta and drain.  Stir margarine or butter into hot pasta until melted.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese and eggs.  Form the pasta mixture into a crust shape in each of two greased 9" pie pans.  In a skillet, cook ground beef until no pink remains, and drain.  Add onion, tomato sauce, sugar, oregano, garlic powder and basil.  Heat through.  Top the pasta crust with the meat mixture, leaving a 1" border.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.  Cover pan with foil, label and freeze.  If desired, bake immediately for 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven and enjoy!

This recipe is adapted from Frozen Assets by Deborah Taylor-Hough

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