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Baked Spaghetti Pie & Fix-it and Freeze-it Tips

 

This Baked Spaghetti Pie recipe is so easy, with your favorite jarred sauce, better yet, you can fix and freeze it ahead of time.

Baked Spaghetti Pie at TidyMom.net

Spaghetti pie, where have you been all of my life?  I have made lasagna, Three Cheese Mostaccioli and numerous other baked pastas, but had never even heard of Baked Spaghetti Pie, until recently.

Knowing that spaghetti is always a hit, and I’ve been on the hunt for some new dinner ideas, I knew Baked Spaghetti Pie would be a pretty sure bet for dinner success! and I was right!

This meal is hard to beat. It’s easy enough for any weeknight yet delicious enough to serve guests.   It’s easy, with your favorite jarred sauce or make it special with homemade pasta sauce.  Better yet, you can fix and freeze this dish ahead of time. You’ll have a convenient homemade meal that just needs to be popped in the oven on a busy weeknight.

Fix-it and Freeze-it Tips for Make Ahead Baked Pasta Dishes:

Line a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with heavy-duty nonstick aluminum foil, allowing several inches of foil to extend over sides. Prepare recipe as directed in foil-lined dish. Freeze unbaked spaghetti pie (or any baked pasta dish) until firm. Remove from baking dish by holding edges of foil; fold foil over pasta dish. Wrap in additional foil, making sure it is tightly sealed to keep out the air. Freeze up to 1 month.

The day before serving, remove pasta dish from the freezer. Remove foil, and place lasagna in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Cover and thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Bake as directed. (Note: Pasta dish may also be baked frozen. Plan to double the baking times.)

source:  May 2006 issue of Southern Living

 

Baked Spaghetti Pie recipe at TidyMom

 What’s your family’s favorite baked pasta?

 

Baked Spaghetti Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Baked Spaghetti Pie

Use homemade marinara sauce or your favorite bottled sauce for this easy and heart hearty Italian dish. Add garlic bread and a salad to complete the meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) pasta sauce
  • 8 ounces spaghetti, cooked al dente
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees, place rack in center of oven and lightly coat a deep 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Brown ground beef in skillet, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat, until the meat is cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and drain the excess grease, if any. Add pasta sauce to meat and set aside (no need to heat sauce).
  3. Place cooked spaghetti in baking dish and sprinkle Parmesan evenly over the top.
  4. In a small bowl whisk eggs and add cream, milk, garlic salt, to combine.
  5. Pour egg mixture over the Parmesan and noodles.
  6. Pour meat sauce over the top and spread evenly if needed, then sprinkle with mozzarella.
  7. Bake 45-50 minutes until cheese browns and sauce bubbles. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

OPTIONS: This can easily be made vegetarian, just leave out the meat. Heavy cream and 2% milk could be replaced with 2 cups of whole milk.

recipe adapted from Le Man and Wife

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Comments

  1. 1

    looks amazing, cheryl! we’re BIG spaghetti eaters over here so i’m sure the family will love this.

  2. 2

    Looks so delicious, just pinned!

  3. 3

    Look so good! Pinning!
    What great tips too!

  4. 4

    Great idea Cheryl- I will be making this soon. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. 5

    I LOVE the simplicity and ease of this recipe!

  6. 6

    Love how easy this is and that it can be frozen – this would be perfect for our Angel Meals at our church where we make meals for families.

  7. 7

    This is perfect for days when we are super busy with our sports and after school activities!

  8. 8

    This looks delicious! We love baked pasta here! Our favorite is baked ziti.

  9. 9

    Looks great! I’ll be making this. Thanks!

  10. 10

    I see some yellow shredded cheese on top in the picture. Did you add some cheddar to the mozzarella?

  11. 11

    Baked pasta is the best! Making this for sure :)

  12. 12

    I love this!! OMG I’m so making it soon. Pinned!

  13. 13

    What a great make-ahead meal! Thanks!

  14. 14

    What a great looking dinner option. Can’t wait to try it. I have some delicious homemade pasta sauce in the freezer. Can’t wait to try it!

  15. 15

    This is a really great family meal! I make a very similar one and it’s always a huge hit.

  16. 16

    I love recipes like this … pinned it … will try it soon :)

  17. 17

    I love freezer meals. They make life so much easier. Thanks for the great tips on freezing pasta too!

  18. 18

    Love this one!! Great tips too

  19. 19

    Freezer meals are such a lifesaver on busy nights, I need to make a few to tuck away.

  20. 20
    Maureen Nichols says:

    Add a layer of cottage cheese before adding the meat :)

  21. 21

    This would be a great meal for my family! Thanks for the great recipe and tips!

  22. 22

    This looks fabulous! I’m thinking of substituting a smaller pasta noodle (e.g. penne), but otherwise, this recipe is already in the dinner queue!

  23. 23

    I really love this idea Cheryl! You are inspiring me to get organized and have some meals frozen and ready to go!

  24. 24

    I love meals like this and so do the kids!

  25. 25

    I’ve been making a similar recipe for a few years now and it is always a famly favorite. It makes a lot so there are always leftovers. I have never tried to freeze it though, but that seems like a great option. It would be very easy to make 2 and freeze one for another time.

  26. 26
    Alexis V. says:

    This pasta dish is awesome!!! We love it and I guarantee it will now be a regular pasta dish in our household. I used more spaghetti noodles because 8 oz.’s just didn’t seem like enough and I’m glad I did. But man was this good!

  27. 27

    Made this tonight and it was a total hit! I added onion, garlic, fresh oregano, and thyme. I also used Trader Joe’s creamy basil tomato sauce. Aaaaand, used 2 cups of mozzarella cheese because…cheese. Husband had 3 helping and all the kids cleared their plates. My 5 year daughter told me I needed to keep this recipe in my book so I can make it again. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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