Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What's cookin Wednesday

I know you already know that I have a love and appreciation for food.  Now that the weather is getting cooler (can I get an AMEN?!?!), and we are settling into our new house that has an island - YAY island! - I am enjoying being able to fully cook again.

Last night I made spaghetti pie because my sister told me that her husband made it for her so I immediately had to make it.  See how that works?  Food envy.

Spaghetti Pie is exactly what it sounds like - Pie made of delicious spaghetti and baked.   It's ultimate comfort food but can be healthy too if you lighten it up, eat a small portion and pair it with a salad.

Here's a more exact recipe if you want to try it, but this is what I did based off of my memory of my Mom's from my neighbor's good old fashioned S-pie.

1/2 box barilla plus spaghetti noodles - cooked not quite al dente, about 8 minutes
1 lb. ground turkey
1 jar heart smart Prego Sauce
1 egg
Reduced-Fat Parmesan Cheese
Natural-style Buffalo Mozzerella
Low-Fat Riccotta and Cottage Cheeses

Ok - Take the cooked spaghetti and one beaten egg and Parmesan cheese (you know, just dump some in there) mix it all up with black pepper and press into a greased pie pan (glass works best).

Next - Take your cheeses and mix - I like cottage, ricotta, parm - and salt and pepper - glop onto your spaghetti mound.  Make sure you leave some edges - the crispy edges are the best in my opinion.

After that - You should have some kind of meat or meatless sauce - take THAT and pour it over the top.  UPDATED - I added a few slices of the mozzarella to the top.    Danny said that was his favorite part. 

Cover with foil and stick it the oven.  I baked for about 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees. 

True to tradition, I made "Garlic Bread" exactly like Mom's.  I used wheat bread (that was a little too old), spread olive oil (sorry Mom, no spray butter) and salt, pepper, and garlic power on top and broiled in the oven - like my mom did.  Then I burnt them.  Just like Mom always did.  Then I laughed.  Like Mom.  Then I ate the burnt-est one - because you don't waste food in our house.  Thanks Mom.

Give S-pie a whirl - and keep your eye on that toast!

1 comment:

Wrestling Kitties said...

Oh dear.....I MUST TRY THIS!!!

I am always trying to find easy recipes that Henry would love too. This would be a hit for sure!

Does it kind of remind you of lasagna?!?! Seems to have all the same flavors, just in a different way!!

Another question, do you think you can make it the night before and refrigerate it and then cook it the next day for dinner? or would it be better to maybe make the components individually the night before and then layer and cook the next day.

I am SO trying this!!

And I may be weird, but I love burnt bread. I burn my toast and grilled cheese and love burnt garlic bread! :)