Spaghetti Pie for Weekend Cooking

It was just payday (whoop whoop) and there happened to be food still in the fridge and freezer. Don’t you love when that happens? I have already started my grocery planning list and hope the weather changes enough so I can have “cold weather food” again. C’mon….I want to wear my sweaters, cowgirl boots, have a fire out back…you get the idea.

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No matter what the weather, I’m a sucker for simplistic food and recipes. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love the French cookbooks I hoard and use them quite frequently (and those books have simplistic recipes too. )

This one here – Spaghetti Pie – is more of a home cooking, toss together, comfort food, kid friendly kinda meal. Nothing fancy but it’s hearty enough and pretty enough to grace the center of the table. Make sure a white table cloth isn’t under it if you are actually serving from the table. It’s good in any weather but it would be a heavy for hot summer days. Right now we are on the cusp.

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Ground beef, ground turkey or a vegetarian textured vegetable protein (TVP) may be used to make this dish. The ground beef at Jones Country Meats I Climax Georgia can’t be beat for freshness and good quality so I use their beef.

Yuck, the color settings for this photo could have been better!

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Spaghetti Pie

Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free cottage cheese
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions
1. In a nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Now drain off fat. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, salt, garlic powder, sugar and pepper; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the spaghetti, butter, egg whites and Parmesan cheese. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate coated with cooking spray. Top with cottage cheese and beef mixture.

3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and filling is heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

I am sharing this with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.



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22 comments:

Beth F said...

I am so with you on fall! We're building a fire outside tonight -- it's JUST TIME! I love the sound of this easy dish; so perfect when you just want something delish and comforting.

Vicki said...

I love cold weather food, even though it doesn't get very cold here most of the time.

We love spaghetti but I've never made it that way.

Last "winter" was the first year in more than 30 years that I didn't make chili. My husband was sick for months and I just didn't get around to making it. I'm definitely going to make it this year.

jama said...

Yum! I'm ready for cold weather comfort food too!

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

My kids would love this one!

Claudia said...

My grandkids would love this one, me too actually! And, bring on some cold weather for sure. At least as cold as it gets here.

Katherine P said...

Yum! I'm a sucker for anything involving cheese and pasta and this looks fantastic! I know what you mean about cold weather foods. I'm ready for lasagna, roasts, meatloaf and soups! And sweaters and boots and scarves to wear when I'm eating it! Though my definition of cold weather is maybe 50!

Laurie C said...

I visited earlier, but guess I forgot to comment! It's still warm here in Mass. and I'm always late shifting seasons, so I'm not ready to give up the summer stuff yet. Corn on the cob, iced coffee, sitting on the porch in the mornings, reading in the backyard...I haven't had enough yet!

Tina said...

Thanks for the nice comments, ladies! Appreciated :-)

It's still too warm here, while I love some of the summery type foods, I am soooo ready for Fall and winter.

Carole said...

I'm so going to experiment with this - thanks! Cheers from Carole's Chatter!

Le laquet said...

That sounds good. I'm all for a favourite that is simple yet tasty. I found a great 4 ingredient chicken recipe that we're having this week!

Le laquet said...

That sounds good. I'm all for a favourite that is simple yet tasty. I found a great 4 ingredient chicken recipe that we're having this week!

Tina said...

Let me know how you adapt it, Carole.

Mrs L, I would love to hear about your recipe. Please email or tweet or respond πŸ˜€

Debra Eliotseats said...

The weather this weekend is so fall-like and lovely but rest assured it will be back in the 80s next week. I'm so ready for cooler weather and comfort food, too, Tina.

Tina said...

Debra, you get some wickedly cold weather where you are! I am anxious for a fire in the yard and sitting around in sweaters. It won't be long. Bah to the hot temperatures now,

Velva said...

Tina, I think I am going to melt soon! I would give a lot for some cooler weather. I did read that we will experience a cooler and wetter winter-it can be wetter as long as it is cooler (laugh).

I love a good spaghetti pie. I find food like this simple and darn near perfect. Its soulful. My problem? I would eat the whole thing!

Happy fall!

P.S. We will soon get ready for fall planting. My garden looks like hell right now.

Debbie said...

This makes me hungry! It looks so good. I am ready for fall too...and we, also, are on the cusp.

Esme said...

It is still so hot here-however this sounds delicious.

angrygreycatreads.com said...

I have not made spaghetti pie in years! This brings back some memories. I love cold weather food, stews and pot roasts, etc. and cold weather clothes, chunky sweaters and boots.

Tina said...

Velva, I can't wait to see your planted garden. Our chard is thriving under the grow light & I waiting to put it in the ground.

Tina said...

Maybe we will all be in our favorite sweaters soon, Debbie!

Tina said...

Thank you, Esme! I guess comfort foods aren't necessarily seasonal, right?

Tina said...

You will get it before I do, AGC! I hope you are feeling better today. I know you had a cold 😟

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