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Spaghetti Pie & Daily Table Setting

When you love lasagna but:

  1. You don’t need a whole 9 x 13″ pan…
  2. 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!

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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!

Spaghetti Pie

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

Directions:

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.

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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.

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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!”

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Many times my husband helps with table setting. Even if everything’s not “perfect”, like the beverage gets place on the left, instead of the right, I’m thankful!

I hope you’ll try the Spaghetti Pie and will create a lovely atmosphere in which to enjoy it!

denise a

 

 

9 thoughts on “Spaghetti Pie & Daily Table Setting

  1. We love spaghetti pie at our house! Yours looks delicious. 😋
    My daughter set our table for Sunday lunch yesterday and she also put the glasses on the left like your husband did. Once we sat down and she noticed me slip mine over to the right (only because I’m just not used to drinking left handed), she recognized her mistake. She said, “After all these years, I still put the glass on the wrong side!” We laughed and and joked that maybe we should get her preschool table setting placemat back out. 😁 But really, I’m just glad to have the help!

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    1. Oh, your story of the glasses is too cute. I move mine, too after we pray, even though I’m left handed. It’s easier for me to eat the salad on my left. 🙄

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  2. Can’t wait to try this one. I like the idea of making one to eat and making one to freeze. With only two to cook for we always have lots of leftovers. Good thing my husband doesn’t mind eating them.

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  3. What a great idea to make this as a pie vs the casserole! I usually make a 9×13 casserole with all of this mixed together, but like the pie idea instead. More visual interest and smaller portions too. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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