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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dinner Tonight: Spaghetti Pie

This is a simple recipe that isn't a show stopper but it is a nice 'comfort food' type of dish that works well on a cold winter evening. As I stated in previous posts I find normal spaghetti and meats balls in red sauce a little boring and its always nice to try something different. In this recipe I used the whole wheat pasta to mimic a pizza crust and added some homemade meatballs and three different cheeses to concoct more healthier alternative to pizza.

1/2 14 oz box of whole wheat spaghetti
2 eggs beaten
4 mid sized meatballs sliced
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
2 tablespoon fat free ricotta cheese
1/2 cup low fat mozzarella cheese grated
8 oz tomato sauce
3 chopped fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta one minute less according to instructions drain and add to large bowl. Add beaten eegs,Parmesan cheese ,Italian Seasonings,salt and pepper and mix well. Transfer the ingredients to a ten inch cooking pan lightly sprayed with Pam. Take your ricotta and spread it over the pasta's surface with the bottom of a spoon. Try to leave about an half inch of pasta uncovered around the parameter because the pasta will form a nice crust. Next spread the tomato sauce over the ricotta, then spread the mozzarella over the sauce. Place the slice meatballs on top of the mozzarella and bake in a 375 degree oven for twenty five minutes. Garnish with chopped basil.

Yields 3-4 servings or if you are really hungry 2-3 serving or if you want to make a spectacle of yourself 1 serving


*To make slicing the meatballs easier I put them in the freezer for a half hour to firm them up.

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