Sometimes when I'm trying to come up with new recipe ideas, I try to think of two foods I know my kids love and then build a dish around it. I've discovered that if I make meals that take the form of a muffin, cake, cookie or pie, my guys are instantly intrigued. I've had great results with Sweet Beet Cookies, Breakfast Cupcakes and Veggie Pancakes, but I really thought I hit the jackpot when I came up with Spaghetti Pie. When I told Kenya I was making him a Spaghetti Pie for dinner, he actually started giggling, "what's Spaghetti Pie, Mommy?!" "Well, it's....Spaghetti Pie!" I realized that's all I had to say -- no explanation, description or convincing needed. The only downer is that I had planned on having leftovers, but there were none to be had. Bye bye Spaghetti Pie!

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Spaghetti Pie (Serves 6)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 30 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Spaghetti, cooked (about 1/2 a package)
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 1 Lb Ground Turkey (you could also use ground beef or chicken)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Cups weelicious tomato sauce (recipe linked below)
  • 1 Cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 Tsp italian herbs
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, grated

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place the cooked spaghetti in a bowl and coat with 1 tbsp of olive oil.

3. Combine the eggs and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Add mixture to the spaghetti and mix.

4. Place the spaghetti mixture into a greased deep-dish pie plate and spread to make a “pie crust”.

5. Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the ground turkey, salt, garlic and onion powder for 5 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.

6. Pour the marinara sauce over the meat and stir to combine.

7. In a bowl stir the Ricotta cheese, the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese and Italian herbs to combine.

8. Spread the Ricotta/Parmesan cheese mixture over the pasta, then layer the marinara mixture and finally, top with 1 cup of mozzarella.

9. Place dish on a sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes.

10. Cool, cut into wedges and serve.

Accompaniments

Weelicious Tomato Sauce: http://weelicious.com/2009/10/06/weelicious-tomato-sauce/

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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39 comments

  • Julie

    in this recipe, do you mean 8oz. of dry spaghetti and then cook it or 8 oz. of cooked spaghetti? I did the first and it seems like a lot of spaghetti. It's in the oven so we'll see how it comes out!

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    • Catherine

      8 oz of dry spaghetti :)

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  • Sheryll

    Wow what a great idea! The little one and I live spaghetti so this will definitely twist things up a bit at dinner time. I will be sure to try this recipe out!

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  • Adina

    I am planning to make this tonight, it looks so good!!

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  • PattiR

    I made this last night - it was delish! My husband ate half of the pie himself. When i told my 4 year old what we were having, she started dancing around the kitchen singing \"spaghetti pie, spaghetti pie\". She LOVED pressing the squishy noodles into the pan. Great recipe, great site! Thanks!

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  • Terri

    Could this be assembled a day before and then cooked the next day. I always try to have dinner oven ready since I get off work at 6pm.

    Thanks

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  • Brenna

    I am loving this! Thank you!

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  • Yulia

    Just tried this today. I only used 1/2 lb of grass fed ground beef and added more ricotta. Baked it in 2qt casserole dish and it turned out beautiful. My 21 months old son and husband love it. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  • Andree

    This was an instant hit at dinner tonight. My daughter took one bite, looked at me with a big smile and said \"YUMMY!\" I used quinoa pasta for an extra nutritional boost and added some diced peppers and zucchini to the turkey.

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  • Jellyjello

    excellent recipe!! my 1yo and my husband and me loved it!! i baked it in a spring-form pan and added an extra layer.. great presentation! my husband was so impressed and said he felt like he was in a restaurant! served with eggplant parm sticks!

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  • Trisha

    I've really been into my crock pot lately, and I've noticed that you other crock pot pasta dishes, do you think this would work in the crock pot, too? If so, how long would you cook it?

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  • Angelicsmile

    I love this and this also my husband favorite :) 10000000starsss!

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  • Msdrea

    My 12 month old loved it! Gobbled it right up, I think next time I will add some veggies....any suggestions?

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  • Angelicsmile

    This is my favorite recipe and my new favorite food! I will buy your cookbook in amazon! Thank you Catherine! By the way you are very beautiful :)

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  • Brei

    This is an amazing recipe from the cookbook! I used cottage cheese instead of ricotta and added a layer of spinach between it and the meat. So good!

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  • Courtney

    Awesome recipe :-) it was simply and easy to prepare. Added some spinach in there. I might try adding the purred carrots into the sauce next time. Seems like a clever way to get more veggies in there. My family loves this.

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  • Jen

    I have this baking right now and it smells great! This recipe is gonna be a keeper :)

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  • [email protected]

    This reminds me of the Spasagna served at Cheddar's. The only thing I don't have is a deep-dish pie pan, could I use a corningware baking dish?

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    • Catherine

      That should work!

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  • Kathy Bones

    How can I tell if the egg is thoroughly cooked? I used my pet chickens' eggs so I'm not really worried, but I don't want to inhibit absorption of B vitamins every time I make this if the egg is still raw.

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  • Joslyn

    can u use it without the herbs and ricotta cheese

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  • Joslyn

    Can u use it without the herbs and ricotta cheese.

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  • Debbie

    Hi! If I want to make it meatless should I add more ricotta? How much would you suggest? Thanks!!

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    • Catherine

      Hmm I would probably keep everything the same and just omit the meat. You don't want to add too much cheese!

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  • Fbtena

    This recipe is just so delicious. Better than plain spaghetti. My two year old loved it. Thanks Catherine.

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  • Kendra

    We are trying to up veggies and lower grains around our house. Do you think substituting spaghetti squash for noodles would work in this recipe? I worry it would be too wet.

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  • Lesley

    Such great ideas, thank you!

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  • Nancy

    When I clicked on the link for the Weelicious Tomato Sauce up in the recipe ingredients list I got this error message:

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    • McCord

      Thanks for the heads up! It is now fixed, and here is the tomato sauce recipe: http://weelicious.com/2009/10/06/weelicious-tomato-sauce/

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  • Jen Relocated Mama

    Tomorrow, my seven year old is running her first 5K! To prepare we are carb. loading with Spaghetti Pie. I love this recipe it is so good and easy to make.

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