Spaghetti Pie Recipe {Trim Healthy Tuesday}

  spahgetti-pie-recipe (1) This is my favorite spaghetti pie recipe.  Actually, to be really honest, it’s my favorite way to eat spaghetti period.  The first time I ordered pasta on a date, I realized that there are very high odds of multiple eating faux-pas that can happen when you’re slurping down…er, I mean ‘delicately eating’ a plate full of noodles and sauce.

There’s the classic ‘can’t get it to stay on my fork’ issue, compounded by accidental slurping, and the ever present saucy rogue noodle that makes a last ditch insult by slapping you in the face.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Suffice it to say that years later, and with 2 preschoolers in the house, the messy factor of pasta has gone up exponentially.  Enter spaghetti pie.  If you’ve never met this delightful dish, then really…this post is a community service.

Spaghetti pie is all of the best things you love about a big heaping plate of spaghetti and meat sauce, BUT without the messy factor, and…AND, the added pleasure of melted cheese, mingled with the flavors of garlic bread.

And: Easy.  You know I’m all about easy and quick in the kitchen.  There are loads of layered and complex spaghetti pie recipes out there, but this one is just super simple and delicious.  So let’s get down to it, and be SURE to stick around and check out all of the awesome Trim Healthy Tuesday link up posts below the printable!

OK…this is what you’ll need to make Spaghetti Pie:

spahgetti-pie-recipe (2) A box of spaghetti (Trim Healthy Mamas, I use Dreamfields now to keep this a low carb S meal), eggs, motz. and parm cheeses, granulated or powdered garlic and onion, and an Italian seasoning blend.  I use my Greek dressing spice mix. <kisses fingers>

The first thing you’ll do is to cook up your pasta.  While I’m waiting for the water to boil, I usually brown up some ground beef and onions to add to some spaghetti sauce to serve with this.  You can also preheat your oven, and endenture someone to toss a salad together.  This only takes a minute to stir together, and bakes for only 12 minutes…so it’s really a quick dinner to get on the table.

Drain your pasta.  I love this particular pot:
because I can cook, drain, and mix all in one pot.  Thank you dear Mother in Law!  I love it!

spahgetti-pie-recipe (3) After you drain the pasta, add in your eggs (or you can sub egg whites to lighten it up), seasonings, and your cheeses, holding back half of the mozzarella.

spahgetti-pie-recipe (4) Blend well, and then dump into a 9×13 pan.  I use a fork to smash down the center of the noodle ‘pie’,  spahgetti-pie-recipe (5) leaving a rim or crust to hold the… spahgetti-pie-recipe (6)

rest of the CHEESE!

Trim Healthy Mama Spaghetti Pie

Bake for 12 minutes, or until the cheese gets all melty and bubbly.  Ring the dinner bell!

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Now I want to eat this.  And it’s midnight.  I WOULD eat it if I had any in the fridge.  I’m thinking of really important reasons…valid reasons to make this right now.  It’s the right thing to do.

Stacy, over at Stacy Makes Cents is making her cornbread salad today…you should make that too.

Here is your printable recipe for this simple and DELICIOUS Spaghetti Pie Recipe.  It’s a Trim Healthy Mama S recipe:

Spaghetti Pie Recipe – S
 
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No one will ever suspect how EASY this recipe is…and don’t tell them. It’ll be our little secret. This Spaghetti Pie recipe is a confirmed man-pleaser, and as a bonus, covers much less square footage on your toddler than regular pasta. Plus, it’s delicious. You should make it!
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 box of angel hair noodles (Use Dreamfields if you’re a Trim Healthy Mama!)
  • 4 eggs, or 1 cup of egg whites
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups of shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided- you may use light cheese
  • 2 Tbls. onion powder
  • 2 Tbls. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbls. Greek or Italian seasoning blend.
  • One recipe of your favorite spaghetti sauce to pour over the top.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Boil noodles according to package directions and drain.
  3. Whisk in eggs, Parmesan, 2 cups of grated Mozzarella cheese, and all spices.
  4. Pour into 9×13 casserole pan, and using a fork, press mixture down in the center, leaving a 1″ unpressed border to hold the cheese.
  5. Spread cheese out over the center of your noodle pie.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and melted, and the noodles are ‘set’.
  7. Serve with a big side salad, and hot sauce to top your spaghetti pie.
Notes
You may halve recipe and press into a traditional pie plate for smaller families.
P.S. I’ve used Dreamfield’s Pasta for over a year at least prior to starting Trim Healthy Mama, and we love it. It tastes no different than ‘normal’ pasta, and doesn’t give me that ‘carb crash’ feeling after eating. It doesn’t agree with everyone though. If you can’t enjoy Dreamfields, please feel free to sub a spaghetti squash for the noodles in a half recipe.

 

And now for LOTS more Trim & Healthy Inspiration…

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Here are my top 3 posts from last week:

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Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Balsamic Avocado Pasta Salas-S

Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Dorito Popcorn-Crossover

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Sugar Free “Snickers”- S

The post from last week with the most visits was this one

Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies

Cinnamon Breakfast Cookies

And now for this weeks Trim Healthy Tuesday Posts!

Please see updated posting guidelines below the linky.
Thanks so much for joining Stacy & I on Trim Healthy Tuesdays!

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Trim Healthy Tuesday Linked Posts Guidelines

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  3. Please respect the copyright of the book, and do not post recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama book on your blog. You MAY post recipes that you’ve changed up to make your own, but nothing verbatim from the book.
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  • Stacy

    I could eat this right off the screen.

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  • Jessica from SimplyHealthyHome

    I’ve been thinking about trying this with spaghetti squash since we are GF. When I used to make it, I’d added the sauce to the pie and bake. You really just can’t go wrong when we’re talking cheese, right? Yum! Thanks for hosting.

    • asmanthinkssoishe

      That sounds like a great idea!!!!

    • Its_Gwen

      We just always add the sauce on the side, because I’m usually still doctoring it up while baking the base. I *think* the base may cook faster w/o having to heat sauce too, but not sure on that one.

      We love it!

      • Jessica from SimplyHealthyHome

        Oh, I mistyped…sigh…I didn’t mean to say you should do that, I meant to say I’ve done it that way in the past. :) Sorry if I sounded bossy. :D

  • asmanthinkssoishe

    Do you think minced fresh garlic would do the trick?? I am out of garlic powder?

    • Its_Gwen

      Sure! I think that would be delightful!

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  • Angelica

    I have a question about your spaghetti pie – I am guessing that the eggs and cheese provide enough protein that meat is not needed with the sauce. Is that correct?
    Just as a side note – thank you for posting these recipes. They have been a huge help as I try to eat the THM way. I have no creativity at all in the kitchen. It is actually pretty sad so I really appreciate your website!!

    • Its_Gwen

      Yes…they do provide protein, but I’ll often brown ground beef to use in the sauce as well because we like the flavor.

  • mother2six

    Hi Gwen! I am new to THM and just learning the ropes, but I have a huge question on this spaghetti pie. I was just advised that with dreamfields if you cook it longer, or reheat it, it is no longer low carbs because of the way they bind the carbs. Do you know anything about this? I would love to be able to make your spaghetti pie.