Spaghetti in Bolognese sauce . . . we devour a tremendous amount of it! Twice a year we make huge, HUGE pots of Bolognese (meat) sauce to freeze in order to use whenever we want pasta at the last minute without having to wait to make this sauce from scratch each time. This sauce is a life-saver, but we eat so much of it, that like everything else, it can get old. Variety is the spice of life, right?
So I played with a few recipes today (from both on-line sources and my endless amounts of clipped recipes) to come up with a Baked Spaghetti Pie. Oh my goodness, this is so delicious that even my husband spoke not one word while he stuffed his face.
“Silence” from the lips of Mr. M. and P. (Meat and Potatoes) while eating is ALWAYS a good sign! It’s his sign of culinary happiness and approval! If he doesn’t enjoy something he says something directly after his first or second bite and that’s all that’s necessary to realize if a recipe is a loser or not. So I love it when he eats in quiet bliss because I know he’s basically saying “I like this and can’t eat it fast enough!”. This man’s taste palate and his stomach are very important to my cooking endeavors, and as a result he’s a spoiled man regarding good food . . . and I rely on him to tell me the truth to keep or toss out a recipe! His huge stamp of approval is all over this recipe for you!
If you prepare this recipe, use any ingredient that you prefer and/or have on hand in your pantry. For example, I had some Genoa salami on hand and chose to dice it up and throw it in. I also had some prosciutto but decided against using it because it’s not an ingredient to get lost in a casserole-type of dish; it’s best to shine on it’s own. If you have some ground pork or turkey, that would be great, but in this case I had only ground chuck beef and used it. Do you like artichokes . . . anchovies . . . olives? Just chop some up and throw those in and make this recipe your own personalized version!! The spaghetti forms the base and the toppings are as unique as your imagination.
Baked Spaghetti Pie
4 cups (minimum) left over spaghetti in Bolognese or Marinara sauce
2 jumbo eggs
1 Tbsp. egg whites
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 large ball of fresh mozzarella (or ricotta if you prefer)
1 pound ground beef or pork (or 1/2 and 1/2 of each)
Seasonings of choice (I liberally sprinkle Accent, Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Flavor, and Nature’s Seasoning)
2 – 3 Tbsp. olive oil
4 large cloves of freshly minced garlic
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 lb. diced Genoa salami (or prosciutto)
1 small can sliced mushrooms, drained . . . or fresh if you have them on hand
1/2 package of sliced turkey pepperoni (or regular pepperoni)
2 packets or containers of pizza sauce (Trader Joe’s is very good)
Do not burn the garlic.
Pour the pizza sauce on top and spread evenly.
Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees, or until your preferred level of doneness, usually when the cheese is melted and golden brown.