Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Spaghetti and Meatball Pie

Spaghetti and Meatball Pie - ButterYum


Welcome to this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge - Spaghetti with Red Sauce.  When I read what this month's challenge would be, I knew right away I wanted to make Spaghetti Pie.  It's a fun pasta dish which is baked in a springform pan.  The baked pie is allowed to sit at room temperature to set up so when you unmold it, it holds its shape.  The pie is cut like a piece of cake and served warm or at room temperature.  When I've made this in the past I haven't used a recipe, but I found this tasty version on the blog Gourmet Rooster by Courtney.  It's easy to prepare and can be assembled a day ahead and tucked it into the refrigerator until you're ready to bake it.  Served with a salad, this is a wonderful meal for hectic days when family members aren't able to sit at the dinner table together - great for picnics and potlucks too.  I hope you'll give it a try the next time you find yourself with leftover spaghetti and meatballs.  Enjoy!


Spaghetti and Meatball Pie
makes one 9-inch springform pan, serves 8-12

Filling:
1/2 pound leftover cooked spaghetti
1 1/2 - 2 cups leftover tomato sauce (like my San Marzano Tomato Sauce)
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
20 medium size cooked meatballs, chopped
(optional) 1 cup fresh veggies such as tomatoes, zucchini, etc.

Topping:
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
(optional) 6 medium size cooked meatballs, sliced in half 

Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.  In a large bowl, beat eggs together.  Add pasta, sauce, and both cheeses; stir to combine.  Pour half of the spaghetti mixture into the prepared springform pan, add chopped meatballs and optional veggies (if using), add remaining spaghetti mixture, and top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese (press everything down to make it compact).  Dot the top with the optional meatball halves (if using).  Cover springform pan with foil and place on a rimmed half sheet pan; bake for 55 minutes, remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese browns nicely on top.  Remove from oven and rest for at least 20 minutes (30 is even better).  Serve warm or at room temperature. 

My notes - I prefer to serve extra sauce on the side (if the pie is too wet, it won't slice nicely).   You can make this without meatballs.  Alternately, Italian sausage would be a great substitution for the meatballs, and I think sauteed mushrooms and chopped basil would be great additions as well.  




98 comments:

  1. Hi Patricia, this pie looks awesome. Come over and visit my Meatless Pecorino Meatballs @ Comfy Cuisine!

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  2. Well look at that happiness on a plate. It's totally comfort food. I love how easy it is and how gorgeous it looks. I'd even serve this to good friends when they come over. I love it.

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    1. My pleasure, Courtney - your recipe rocks!!

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  4. Spaghetti pie? What a cool and tasty idea. My family would love this.

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  5. I have yet to try spaghetti pie, but yours looks very tasty. I think my hang up in the past is that it often looks dry...completely not the case with yours though :)

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    1. Definitely not dry - give it a try! Hey, I made a corny rhyme.

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  6. That looks so yummy. I never though about using a springform pan for something like this but it would make it so easy to cook and then cut.

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  7. I love the presentation of this. It would be great for the next time I have company over.

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  8. This sounds amazing for a potluck! And the presentation is great. Please stop by my Spaghetti and Meatballs post (#3).

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  9. Looks fantastic! Great Crazy Cooking Challenge Recipe <3 Bakeaholic Mama

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  10. That looks so so good. Beautiful pictures :)

    Stopping by from CCC

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  11. Oh wow, does this look picture perfect or what? I love that you made it in a spring form pan! Glad to have found your fun recipe I am link numero 69!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  12. What a great plan ahead meal or a nice way to use up leftovers!

    Very nice picture. I love the slightly out of focus background with it's vibrant colors.

    From #50 - On Top Of Spaghetti

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  13. Now thatsa Italian! What a fabulous interpretation of spaghetti. It looks amazing.

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  14. That looks amazing, great picture, great recipe!

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  15. This looks to die for!!!
    Jenn @ KitchenJoy #38

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  16. Oh my goodness gracious! I could slice off a piece of that right now! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment :) Your pictures always make my heart skip a beat-just beautiful! Happy Cooking Challenge!

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  17. I saw this on FB and had to share it... I mean, come on.. your photo is fantastic and makes me want to jump right in with a giant fork. On my "To Do" list!

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    1. Thanks Kim - you're so sweet!!

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    2. Making tomorrow :) I know it won't be as pretty as yours, but that's ok ;)

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  18. Hi Patricia, Love the spaghetti pie. This looks delicious. I happen to like my leftover spaghetti at room temperature and this pie is PERFECT! It brings back many delicious childhood memories.

    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Joanne

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  19. How many eggs? I don't see them listed in the ingredients.

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    1. Oops, the answer is 2. I swear I typed them, but they mysteriously disappeared. Hmmm... thanks for letting me know - I revised the recipe.

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  20. This looks great! I love how crispy the pie edges look! I'm #58 on the linky list.

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  21. Hi Patricia,
    This Spaghetti and Meatball Pie is fabulous and I can't wait to make it. Today when the links came out I went to this one first, it is a great recipe. It is fun cooking with you in the CCC, hope you are having a great week.
    Miz Helen
    #27

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  22. Wow, this is very interesting!! I love unusual stuff :)
    Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  23. The most beautiful picture yet..........I want a piece of this please. If this taste as good as it looks you have the prize....Wow amazing andi

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    1. Hi Andi - thanks for your vote of confidence!

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  24. Oooooo, this looks delicious AND gorgeous!! Great choice for the CCC, Patricia!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground (CCC #15)

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  25. Oh my goodness, it's so pretty! I make spaghetti pie, but I don't have a springform pan so I use a boring old 9x13. I love how the edges on yours are golden brown and the meatballs make the prettiest decoration! Great job!

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  26. This looks divine! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  27. Oh my goodness, I think my boyfriend would go nuts for this (he eats like a little kid sometimes.) YUM!

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  28. AWESOME! AND NOW YOUR PRALINES R CALLING MY NAME!!

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  29. Oh wow, this looks amazing. This would make eating spaghetti a little easier to do, you wouldn't have to contend with the long noodles.

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  30. I so wish I had some of this right now! Amazing ~

    Pat

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  31. Spaghetti Pie? I love all things in one dish form! That is so great!

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  32. This looks great!! I wish I had some of this right now. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Visiting from CCC#61.

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  33. Your spaghetti pie looks just amazing and I'm definitely saving this recipe, love your photos too. Thank for visiting my CCC entry: Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  34. Holy meatballs Butter!!! How stinkin' amazing is this? Yeah a lot! what a unique idea.
    So glad you stopped by The Butter Dish - some of my best visitors have the best blogs and most creative ideas. Will be stopping in again...possibly to drool over this.

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  35. This looks AMAZING. Your photography makes me want to leap through my screen!

    Hope you had as much fun this month as I did!

    #47

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  36. This looks delicious, and the photo is beautiful. I'd love to try it with some gluten-free pasta. Thanks for visiting my CCC, too!

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  37. This sounds so yummy and it looks so pretty! I've never had spaghetti pie but I think I will have to give it a try. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  38. So gorgeous and it's making my mouth water! OK, I want you to give me lessons on using photoshop. Your pic is amazing! #76

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  39. Definitely going to try this - wonderful entry!

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  40. I've never actually had a spaghetti pie before. Sounds delicious, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  41. I've never made a spaghetti pie but love this idea. I want to make one this weekend. Did you mean to put 2-3 cups of tomato sauce that sounds like a lot? Just wanted to be sure. Love the ingredients and agree Italian sausage would be a nice addition. Thanks for sharing this fun recipe - you've inspired me.

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    1. Hi Vicki - Great question, you're right! I ended up not adding tomato sauce to the top of my spaghetti pie, so I amended the list of ingredients.

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  42. That looks delicious! Beautiful photo as well!!! Do the slices come out nicely? Ashley #32

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    1. Oh yes, it slices beautifully - just be sure not to cut it too soon out of the oven or it will be too soft to hold its shape. I like to serve it after a minimum 30-minute rest. One of my kids picked up a room temperature slice and ate it out of hand like a piece of pizza. My only suggestion is to use a really sharp knife to cut through the cheesy layer on top, especially if it has been allowed to cool to room temperature - once you break through the surface, the inside is very soft and easy to cut.

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  43. Looks yummylicious! perfectly baked. You have a gr8 space here - Following you too
    Thanks for by my blog ccc #65

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  44. Looking at all that melty, yummy cheese is making me drool!

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  45. This looks delicious! I love how it's actually in the shape of a pie :)

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  46. I have tried spaghetti pie before but this takes the cake. looks amazing #80

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  47. Love this, and love that you're using "leftovers" to make it! You always find the best recipes for these challenges!

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  48. Yam Yam you spaghetti and meatball recipe looks amazing i think i'm going to make this one!
    Thank you for visiting my blog (ccc#51)
    greats marina

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  49. What a great idea to use up any spaghetti leftovers. We almost always end up with more sauce left than noodles, so I really like your suggestion to serve extra sauce on the side!
    Thanks for visiting my blog for the CCC!

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  50. I LOVE how this looks - I will be pinning to try later! :-)

    P.S. You Crazy Cooking Button is not showing up! Just FYI

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  51. My stomach is growling just looking at that spaghetti pie. It looks delicious!

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  52. I hate to admit that I have never had a pizza pie. But after spying yours, it is on my food bucket list. It sounds easy and looks fantastic! Thanks for checking out my Easy Spasgna.

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  53. Love it so fun I will need to try this im #53 on the CCC

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  54. I'm drooling over this! It looks AMAZING!

    Jen #19

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  55. Oh my! That looks wonderful! Such a great presentation -- I can just imagine the huge smile on my dad's face if I put that down in front of him for his birthday dinner!

    Glad to have found your recipe through CCC -- I am #44.

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  56. This looks absolutely wonderful.

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  57. oh my goodness...that's the prettiest spaghetti pie I've ever seen! yum!

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  58. This looks absolutely marvelous and such a creative way to make spaghetti! I'm absolutely going to find time to attempt this =) I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), so please let me know if you have any objections. It's always a pleasure following your food…

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    1. By all means JW - feel free, anytime! Thanks for including me :).

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  59. This looks so amazingly good! I'm going to have to try it this weekend! YUM!

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  60. Wow, that looks amazing! I've always passed over Spaghetti Pie recipes, but this one has just made my "must try" list. Beautiful photo!

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  61. What a fabulous idea! Your spaghetti and meatball pie looks wonderful! I have honestly never seen anything like that before. If you have time, I'd love for you to share this delicious post with The Gallery of Favorites linky I co-host every weekend. It's up on my site now :)

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    1. Hi April - I would be happy to join your linky party. Thanks for extending an invitation.

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    2. Thank you so much for joining in :) I love your photograph of the recipe by the way - good luck with the competition!

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  62. Wow, this is one crazy spaghetti! I love this!

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  63. I've made a spaghetti pie before ( America's Test Kitchen's version) but not with meatballs. The meatballs just add such an attractive edge. I'll have to try this one out.... My springform pan hasn't been used for anything savory!! Thanks for sharing! Your photo is butteryumilicious (as always)!

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  64. now that's a pie!! Look awesome. Great creativity for our challenge! Just stopping by from http://itsyummytomytummy.blogspot.com/2012/03/simple-marinara-sauce.html

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  65. Wow, this is a sophisticated version of the spaghetti pie I make!!! LOVE it!

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  66. This is amazing. The cooking inspiration is absolutely heavenly.

    I am so new in foodie blogging (my first day today) Hope you won't mind my mess.

    Happy Monday.

    Greetings,
    /Chie

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  67. My family would LOVE this!!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  68. I know this is going to be on the menu in the very near future...it looks heavenly!

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  69. What fun presentation gun a yummy meal. You have my vote!

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  70. Your site with these incredible photos is great!

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  71. Yum. What's the meatball recipe?

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    1. I haven't posted my meatball recipe yet because I'm not pleased with the photos snapped, but the next time I make them, I'll try to get better pics. Feel free to use your favorite meatball recipe.

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  72. Okay. Tapping foot impatiently ;-) Your photography is amazing - ahem - as are your recipes!

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  73. Crazy Question....Is the meat pre-cooked as well?

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  74. sorry I just seen in the ingredient list where is says "cooked" meatballs....I guess I should of looked there first

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    1. No problem - easy mistake. I've done it myself. Hope you like the recipe.

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  75. I wanted to let you know that I featured this deliciousness today in my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post - stop by and see!

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  76. Do you have a favorite meatball recipe?

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    1. Hi Sherry - I do, but I haven't blogged about it yet because I don't have a good photo to share. Maybe I'll do that soon. I'll let you in on a little secret though, I've made this with once or twice with frozen meatballs. I prefer homemade, but the sale price was too good to pass up.

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  77. Can this be frozen? I am making a bunch of meals for a co-worker's family going through some tough times and would love to surprise them with this. They have 5 little ones that would gobble this up.

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    1. I think so - cooked pasta can be frozen, and cooked meatballs can be frozen so I don't see any reason why not.

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