Monday, March 5, 2012

My Go-To Recipe

                             Spaghetti Pie ~ Serves 6

My favorite recipes must meet three requirements......

(1) so good that leftovers are eaten right away

(2) few ingredients

(3) pots and pans, used to prepare, are cleaned before we sit down to eat!

So, what recipe did I bring to the Residence Inn when my son was healing?

Spaghetti Pie!  It's been my son's favorite for years so I knew it would 

be a dish he would devour and one where I wouldn't have to go to the

store for a myriad of ingredients.  The recipe is as follows:

                                     ~ Ingredients ~

8 oz. thin spaghetti, cooked and drained
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 lb. ground beef, cooked, and drained
1/2 lg. onion, chopped
1 1/2 - 2 cups spaghetti sauce
1 pkg. (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 - 2 Tbsp. additional parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
pepper to taste

Chop the onion and add to the ground beef.  

Brown the mixture and drain. Add the salt and pepper.

Add the spaghetti sauce and simmer.

In the meantime, you have boiled your pasta and drained that.

In a small dish, combine the 1/2 cup parmesan to a slightly

beaten egg. Toss this with the pasta.  Place in a 9~inch  pie

plate sprayed with Pam.  Press along bottom and sides to form

the crust.

Trust me, it takes a bit of maneuvering but the pasta will take shape.  

Spread meat mixture over spaghetti crust.  Sprinkle the mozzarella

cheese and extra parmesan over that.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. 

If you find that the cheese is starting to brown too soon, place a 

piece of aluminum foil lightly over the top.  Continue baking.

Let stand for five minutes before cutting into wedges.

While all this is going on, you get to clean the dishes!!  Clean dishes..

clean kitchen!

Ok... I know.  A little obsessive!  So for those of you rolling your 

eyes, you can skip this step until you feel darn good and ready to

clean up.  Or better still, you can employ the rule I have in my 

house.  The person who cooks, doesn't clean up.  Works for me

every time!

A simple recipe... a simple meal... and the family eating dinner 

together at the table.  And my son at the Residence Inn?  Happy to 

be eating a home cooked meal with his mom's touch.  Leftovers? 

Eaten the next day and that makes me smile.  It takes so little to 

please me, doesn't it?!


1 comment:

  1. Hope he's doing much better!

    This recipe looks fab. I am going to get my husband to make this! YUM!!!