Tasty Tuesday: Spaghetti Pie

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Does your family have a go-to recipe for get-togethers and birthdays? This recipe is one of the top choices in our family, and has been for years. I am not sure where the recipe originally came from, but it is so good! It is kind of like a cross between lasagna and spaghetti…and who doesn’t like dinner shaped into a pie plate! As much as I try to limit dairy in our house I am just not sure this one would work dairy free. I can take the gluten out by using rice noodles, so that is at least a start!

Here is the list of ingredients:

8 oz. spaghetti noodles (you can use rice noodles to make it gluten-free!)

1 egg

1/4 C. parmesan cheese

2 T. butter

1 lb. ground beef

1 small onion, diced

1 small pepper, diced

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1 C. cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese)

1 C. mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start some water boiling for the pasta. In another pan brown the ground beef, onions, and peppers. Once the pasta water is ready cook the noodles until they are still a bit crunchy (not mushy). Drain the noodles and while they are cooled but still a bit warm add in the egg. If the noodles are too hot you will scramble the egg, and that is not what you want. Add the butter and parmesan cheese to the noodles. Arrange the noodles in the bottom of a pie plate and spread up the sides (it won’t be perfect and that is OK). Mix your browned ground beef mixture with the spaghetti sauce and spoon over the noodles. Make an indentation in the middle of the spaghetti mix and spread the cottage cheese in. Top this with the mozzarella cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes. If the cheese isn’t browned I usually turned the broiler on for a few minutes, but that step isn’t necessary. Let it cool and bit, slice it up, and enjoy!

Hope your family loves this recipe as much as mine does!

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