Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Spaghetti Pie

This came across my Facebook feed and seemed like a really good and simple meal.  It's pretty kid-friendly, as well.  And fast!!!  I served it with some crushed red peppers on the side for those of use who like to spice things up.  I also had a little extra tomato sauce (from a jar) that I heated up like a gravy for those who liked their pasta a little saucier.  Serve this with a salad.  You can also do this and leave the meat out completely and it still works.  If you don't feel like using spaghetti, any kind of pasta will do.

I also added in two cloves of minced fresh garlic to the onion and meat mixture because, why not?

"Best Thing I Had in a Month" said Matt Lauer Spaghetti Pie


12 ounces spaghetti, cooked, ½ cup cooking water reserved
1 small yellow onion, chopped finely
1 pound ground turkey or sirloin beef
1 cup tomato paste, divided
3 large eggs
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1½ cup shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large skillet, saute the onions until soft.

Add ground turkey or beef and brown

Add ¾ cup of the tomato paste. Add half the reserved pasta water and stir well. Season with salt, to taste. Consistency should be like a thick Bolognese sauce. Add more cooking water as needed.

In a large bowl, mix together the cooked spaghetti, eggs, parmesan cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella, and ¼ cup of the tomato paste.

Grease a 9 or 10-inch pie pan with olive oil. Spread half the meat mixture over the bottom of the pan. Add the spaghetti mixture and press it down to level it. Top with the remaining meat mixture, then scatter the remaining mozzarella on top.

Bake the pie in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit about 10 minutes. Use a sharp knife or pizza slicer to cut into wedges like a pie. Serve with a green salad.

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