Spaghetti Pie has a layer of pasta with a ricotta cheese filling, topped with spaghetti sauce and Italian cheese.
This spaghetti pie is pure comfort food to me when it starts getting cold, I know I am going to be making this casserole. It has a layer of pasta with a ricotta cheese and Parmesan, my spaghetti sauce recipe and a layer of Italian cheese….. it is so yummy. It is everything that lasagna has but so much easier to make. I also made some french bread rolls to go along with it. I love the recipe because I can make them in less than 2 hours which is pretty good for scratch yeast rolls.
I used bucatini pasta to make this dish but spaghetti noodles will work just fine. Now that I can find bucatini pasta I am having a love affair with it. Not really but I am using it a lot. What makes bucatini different from spaghetti is that is hollow and a little thicker. It takes about 9 – 10 minutes to cook. I under cook it for this casserole so that it doesn’t over bake when this casserole is put together and baked.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 1 28 oz. can water
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 10 oz. spaghetti or bucatini
- 1 16 oz. container ricotta cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 cups Italian cheese
- Brown the ground beef. Add the onions and saute until softened.
- Add the tomatoes, water and spices. Stir until mixed. Cook over medium heat for about 60 minutes, until sauce thickens.
- Boil pasta in salted water for about 6 minutes, until it starts to become tender. Rinse in a colander with cold water.
- Mix the ricotta, eggs, basil, and parmesan cheese together. Add the pasta. Mix thoroughly.
- Place pasta in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Top with spaghetti sauce. Cover pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove pan from oven and top with Italian cheese. Bake for another 15 - 20 minutes until cheese is melted and browned. Let set for 5 minutes before cutting.
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