Monday, January 24, 2011

Baked Spagetti Pie

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This is a great, family-friendly recipe, even though it has spinach in it!

8 oz spagetti
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 tablespoons grated Parmesean cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 package (9 oz) frozen, chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry (see hint at the bottom)
1 (12 oz) container small-curd cottage cheese (I use low fat)
1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 10-inch round (or 9x9- sometimes I add more spagetti and put it in a 13 x 9) baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
2. Combine pasta, eggs, butter, 2 tablespoons Parmesean, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; toss to coat well. Place in prepared baking dish, pressing onto bottom and up side of dish.
3. Mix spinach, cottage cheese, remaining Parmesean, and remaining salt in a medium bowl. Spread in center of pasta mixture. Pour pasta sauce over spinach mixture without covering edge of pasta.
4. Bake pie for 30 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella over sauce. Continue baking until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.

"Helpful Hint: Here is an easy, no-mess way to squeeze the excess moisture out of thawed frozen spinach: Just place the spinach on a double layer of paper towels, bring up the edges and twist, like you would a mop, to wring out the water." I like to leave the spinach a little moist, rather than completely dry.

{Kudos to "easy to bake easy to make" recipe cards}

2 comments:

  1. I tried this one and loved. Only problem, when my husband had mentioned in the past that he didn't like spinach what he really meant was he detested spinach profusely. Next time I replace the spinach with meat of some sort.

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  2. Lauri- I'm glad you liked it! The recipe has an idea if you want to add meat- they suggest 1/2 pound cooked Italian sausage. I've never added meat, but it sounds good. That's kinda funny/too bad your husband hates spinach so much! ;)

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