When you love lasagna but:
- You don’t need a whole 9 x 13″ pan…
- You don’t have the time to fuss with the assembly…
here’s what you need to do: Make Spaghetti Pie! This recipe was introduced to me almost ten years ago and it has become a staple in our house (meaning I make it a couple times a year, due to my love for fixing new recipes!). Recently I made it as I’m trying to thumb through my blog recipe file and make some of the dishes we loved. Take a look at this fork-full!
It has all the components of lasagna, but it’s much easier to assemble and you make it in two pie plates. I love that I have the option of using them both if I’m feeding a crowd, I can freeze one for a busy day, or I can take it to someone who might need a meal. This is creamy, cheese and delicious!
1 pound hamburger
1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce (1 lb., 10 oz jar)
8-10 oz Spaghetti noodles
3 Tbl. butter
1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 – 1 Cup Cottage Cheese
1/2 – 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
Brown 1 pound hamburger; drain fat. Add 1 jar spaghetti sauce (I used Ragu – 1lb, 10 oz.). Let simmer over low while assembling the pies.
Boil 8 – 10 oz. of spaghetti noodles, then drain and add 2-3 Tbl butter, 1/3 C Parmesan cheese and 2 eggs, well beaten. Place 1/2 of spaghetti mixture evenly in 2 greased pie pans.
Cover bottom and line sides for “crusts.” Spread cottage cheese evenly over bottom of each spaghetti crust. Next, pour spaghetti-hamburger mixture over cottage cheese, dividing between the two pans. Sprinkle with 1/2- 1 C Mozzarella Cheese.
Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes – cheese should be melted and browning. Take out of oven and let set for 5-10 minutes while cooling. Cut and serve in pie pieces.
I served a Wedge Salad to go along with our Spaghetti Pie. I simply cut a wedge from Iceberg Lettuce, then added chopped tomatoes, Bacon crumbles and Blue Cheese crumbles. I topped it with a Ranch dressing.
I ALWAYS set the table for any meal we have. Even if your meal is simple, adding a place mat or tablecloth under the plates is like dressing the table for your meal. I also add a cloth napkin, and at dinner time, I always put out fork, knife and spoon. I also have a simple centerpiece on the table – a candle, silk or real flowers, for example. Setting the table and enjoying it there together elevates it from “eating food” to “enjoying a meal.” If you’re not accustomed to setting the table, why not just start by adding one element – such as a centerpiece. Then you could add a tablecloth or place mats. It lets those eating with you know that you care enough to create an atmosphere that says, “Please enjoy and stay!”
I hope you’ll try the Spaghetti Pie and will create a lovely atmosphere in which to enjoy it!