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Have you ever tried a spaghetti pie? It’s a delicious alternative to the same ol’ spaghetti night, and makes a terrific weeknight meal!
The Italian dinner table is the epicenter of everything that happens in the lives of the people who sit at it.
Often large and welcoming, this table, with all its comfortable chairs, seems to call out to you…
“Mangia!! Mangia!!” (Eat!! Eat!!) And typically, you do just that.
Italian meals are an experience unto themselves. There is a whole world of excitement, emotion, and hands waving passionately in the air with every word. You come away from a meal feeling as though you’ve experienced a lifetime of emotion in one evening’s dinner. You feel a strong sense of family and contentedness. It’s a fabulous experience. I highly recommend it.
What Is Spaghetti Pie?
Spaghetti pie is basically a casserole. Although, many people bake this in a round dish and cut it like a slice of pie.
But this isn’t essential to the recipe. I make mine in a regular casserole dish and cut it into squares and it works just fine.
It’s basically all of the things that make Italian pasta a totally comforting experience. It’s a mix of pasta, sauce, cheese, spices, and, if you so choose, some meat as well.
Can I Use Ground Beef In Spaghetti Pie?
I use ground turkey in this recipe, but you can easily substitute with ground beef, or leave it out completely for a vegetarian meal. It will cook up the same with or without meat.
Baked Spaghetti Pie
Sometimes, you need something a little different from your regular bowl of spaghetti. And that’s where this baked spaghetti pie comes into play. It’s a great way to mix things up for pasta night, and it pairs well with a simple green salad and a side of crusty garlic bread.
You’ll take all that spaghetti, mix it with some egg, sauce, spices, and cheese and bake it like a casserole. So really, this could be called a baked spaghetti casserole.
Want It Cheesier?
If you love a cheesy casserole, here are some cheesy additions you can stir into the mixture before baking.
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Cottage cheese – yes, it works well! It’s also great in lasagna!
- Ricotta cheese
You can mix these in, or create a top cheese layer over the casserole. This works best with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
What You’ll Need For This Easy Spaghetti Pie
Oil – This can be any oil you feel comfortable cooking with. I used coconut oil, but grapeseed, safflower, or olive oil will work well too.
Ground turkey – You can use regular ground turkey, lean ground turkey, or ground beef. You can even use a combination of ground beef and pork if you prefer.
Red onion – You don’t have to worry too much about getting a fine chop here unless you prefer the texture. A rough chop will work just as well. And if you don’t have red onions, a yellow or white onion will work just as well.
Garlic powder – If you prefer to use fresh garlic, use about 6 medium cloves and mince them.
Onion powder – It might seem like a lot to have both onions and onion powder, but I promise, it’s not.
Canned fire-roasted tomatoes – You can use regular diced tomatoes too. Look for tomatoes with no sugar added.
Balsamic vinegar – You can use the vinegar as is, or if you prefer a deeper vinegar flavor, make a balsamic reduction by boiling some vinegar down by half and using a tablespoon of that.
Eggs – If you prefer to use just egg whites, use 8 of them.
Italian Seasoning – You can use store-bought or make your own. The link is above.
Whole grain spaghetti noodles – Cook the pasta separately to package directions. The flavor will be greatly improved if you salt the water. Cook spaghetti to al dente.
Parmesan cheese – Grated is best here. Shredded will work, but it won’t do the same job of “gluing” the pasta together with the egg.
Note: If you have a spaghetti sauce that you prefer, use a 30 oz. jar of it (or as close as you can get to 28 oz.) and omit the fire-roasted tomatoes. Also, reduce the vinegar to 1 teaspoon.
How To Make Spaghetti Pie
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Warm the oil in a large skillet.
Add the onions.
Fully cook the meat and onions and set aside to cool slightly.
Crack your eggs in a large bowl.
Whisk until mostly smooth.
Add the crushed tomatoes to the eggs.
Add the grated parmesan to the eggs and tomatoes.
Add the spices to the mixing bowl too.
Whisk all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
Add the cooled meat to the egg mix.
Add the pasta to the mix.
Stir everything well so the pasta is well coated in the mix.
Transfer the spaghetti mixture to a 9×13 baking dish.
Flatten the noodles with the back of the spatula and compress the noodles gently.
Sprinkle parmesan over the top of the spaghetti pie. If you want, you can add extra shredded mozzarella cheese as a top layer.
Bake for 50-60 minutes. There should be no liquid (egg white) visible when you cut into the middle of it.
Keep this in the dish you baked it in, and after it has cooled down, wrap it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the fridge. If you need to remove it from the baking dish, simply transfer it to an airtight container. This will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezing Spaghetti Pie
This will freeze well, if packed well, for up to 2 months.
Reheating Spaghetti Pie
If frozen, thaw for a full 24 hours in the fridge first.
Reheat servings in the microwave or in the oven. If using the oven, you’ll want to cover the dish with aluminum foil.
Recipe Supplies For This Spaghetti Pie Recipe
You’ll need a casserole dish or a good pie plate. My recommendations are these:
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- 9 x 13 casserole dish (or close to that size)
- 1 tbsp. oil
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 cup chopped red onions
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning (recipe link above or found in the spice aisle)
- 4 large eggs
- 28 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes (or diced tomatoes – no sugar added)
- 1 cup parmesan cheese (+ extra for topping)
- 1 lb. whole grain spaghetti (cooked and drained)
- Preheat your oven to 350℉.
- Warm the oil in a large skillet.
- Add the meat to the warmed pan.
- Add the onions.
- Fully cook the meat and onions and set aside to cool slightly.
- Crack your eggs in a large bowl.
- Whisk until mostly smooth.
- Add the crushed tomatoes to the eggs.
- Add the grated parmesan to the eggs and tomatoes.
- Add the spices to the mixing bowl too.
- Whisk all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
- Add the cooled meat to the egg mix.
- Add the pasta to the mix.
- Stir everything well so the pasta is well coated in the mix.
- Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish.
- Flatten the noodles with the back of the spatula and compress the noodles gently.
- Sprinkle parmesan over the top of the spaghetti pie.
- Bake 50-60 minutes. There should be no liquid (egg white) visible when you cut into the middle of it.
This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives. Recipe originally posted on 1/12/11.
I'm Tiffany, a cookbook author, food lover, mom, and writer for MSN and the AP Newswire.
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