Sunday, December 9, 2012

Meatless Monday: Spaghetti Pizza Pie

I made spaghetti a few days ago, and we ended up having a lot of leftovers because a friend of mine who I thought was going to join us didn't end up making it. And it just sat in my fridge for a couple days, like leftover pasta tends to do- it's just never the same when you have to reheat it. Thinking it may have to get tossed out once I finally remembered it was there, I then recalled my desire to want to make spaghetti pie. Paul's mom makes one that is very simple and chilled that he really enjoys, but I was in the mood for something more hearty, and I came up with this one that is sort of like a spaghetti pizza...



Spaghetti Pizza Pie
(serves 4-6)

Ingredients

Approximately 8 oz cooked spaghetti
2 eggs
1 cup grated Parmessan and/or Romano cheese
1 cup shredded or sliced mozzarella
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp oregano + extra
1 tsp basil + extra

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat the eggs and stir in the grated cheese, basil, and oregano in a large bowl. Add the cooked spaghetti and mix with egg mixture until well combined. Press pasta mixture into a 9" pie pan as you would a pie crust, leaving a slight indentation in the middle. Pour the tomato sauce on to the indent in the spaghetti "crust", then top with the mozzarella cheese and extra seasonings (if desired), like in the picture below. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until cheese is all melted and a little brown on top. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. We enjoyed it with a nice green salad. 




So simple and so good; this really hit the spot! I can't wait to make it again and get even more creative by adding other toppings like fresh tomato, spinach, and peppers. You can even add pepperoni or sausage on a non-meatless day ;) Paul liked this version, too, but said he still prefers Mom's. Oh, well, I did my best! I like tomato sauce on my pasta, what can I say?



Enjoying her pasta

Using whole wheat pasta can provide you with a large serving of fiber, beneficial nutrients and minerals, and reduce your risk for heart disease. I tried Ronzoni Smart Taste® spaghetti for this recipe instead of whole wheat. It is white pasta that is enriched with fiber and calcium. It definitely didn't taste like whole wheat, but I don't know if its health benefits really match using regular whole grain. Sometimes you just prefer the taste of white pasta for certain recipes, but I think either kind could work for this one.



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12 comments:

  1. Hi, this week I have shared my fantastic 1 ingredient healthy caramel recipe. You won't believe how easy this is! I have also shared a great collection of Christmas gifts for health lovers.

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    Thank you for hosting

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  2. Hi Jessica
    You have no idea how much I love this spaghetti pie
    I'm a vegetarian and this is such a perfect lunch for me (or dinner)
    Thanks for the recipe~
    And thanks for the party :)

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  3. Hi Jessica your pie looks like it made one special girl very happy. Nothing like a spaghetti smile. Thanks for the party.

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  4. Your pie looks delicious! Thank you so much for hosting!

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  5. Spaghetti pizza pie sounds delicious! I love how it stays together in the slice just like pizza. Yum!

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  6. Ooh! That looks yummy!!!
    Thanks for hosting! :-)

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  7. yummy.
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  8. I love me some meat but darn, this looks delicious!! My son would LOVE this because it's a combo of his two fave foods! :)

    Thank you so much for participating in our Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I am following you, of course!! Wishing you and yours a lovely week!!

    Aloha,

    Jean {What Jean Likes}

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  9. That is gorgeous! It looks so complicated, but you have a great tutorial, I bet I could pull it off! Thanks for sharing!

    I am following you :) Wishing you and yours a lovely holiday!!

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  10. thanks for share.

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  11. Can you substitute whole wheat bread or the bread that has the seeds in it for the bread crumbs? Thanks!

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