Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spaghetti and Spinach Pie

As I mentioned earlier, I'm really having fun testing new recipes. I've been watching Food Network and browsing recipe sites like crazy trying to find recipes that fit my criteria -- cheap, fast and kid friendly.

This past Sunday, I watched Sandra Lee make Pasta and Spinach pie. I liked the method, but it was a little heavy on the spinach for our family. I adapted the recipe to make it a little more kid friendly and also to bulk it up a little.

Here is the adjusted recipe,

For the "crust"

About 8 oz (measured uncooked) of spaghetti
1 egg
generous salt and pepper

Boil noodles to al dente. Beat an egg in a bowl. Stir in salt and pepper. Incorporate egg mixture with noodles. Place in pie pan and make a well for the filling.

For the "filling"

a few tablespoons of diced onions
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 cup of thawed spinach
1.5 cups of cottage cheese
1 cup of Italian blend cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to taste

In a skillet, saute the onions until transparent. Add the garlic until warmed through. Then, mix all ingredients together and place in spaghetti "crust." Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Let stand at least 15 minutes before serving.

On the show, Sandra quoted this at about $5.50 for 4 servings. I don't know the exact amount of my ingredients, but with purchasing them on sale, I would guess the entire dish cost no more than $4 and yielded more than 4 servings. What a deal!


  1. Your Spaghetti and Spinach pie sounds great. Hope to try it soon:)

  2. How intersting. It's a perfect way to have kids eat more veggies too! :) Thanks for sharing.


  3. Hi Lisette,
    Your Spaghetti and Spinach Pie looks delicious.
    I am looking forward to trying your recipe. Thank you so much for bringing it to FULL PLATE THURSDAY and please come back!

  4. Hi there! So much fun to discover another local blogger. I'm in OP too. I make spaghetti pie too, and usually freeze one or two extras when I do. Your spinach version sounds delicious.

  5. Delicious recipe -- I bet it will be a hit at our place.