Casseroles and comfort foods are a favorite of Chad’s, especially on weeknights when he is in charge of dishes. Spaghetti Pie is a wonderful weeknight meal that fits right into the comfort food category. Spaghetti noodles are cooked, then pressed into the bottom of a pie pan (or skillet). They are covered with ricotta cheese, meat sauce with mushrooms, and more cheese. The pie is baked until bubbly, then served in slices. Evan loves mushrooms and couldn’t get enough of the meal. One pie uses half a pound each of pasta and beef. I try to use whole packages when cooking, so I like to double the recipe and divide the ingredients to make two pies. I cook one that night and cover the other for the next night.
Be careful not to overcook the noodles while boiling. They should still have a little bite and will cook further in the oven.
To create a lower calorie meal, make the recipe with lean ground beef and lower fat mozzarella and ricotta cheeses.