Friday, January 27, 2012

Left Over Spaghetti? Try Spaghetti Pie!

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Do you ever end up with extra spaghetti and find it a little, well... boring the next day? My grandma, and now my mom, makes a baked spaghetti pie that is so warm and comforting with crispy noodle ends that escape the sauce, and ricotta on top that adds a creamy lasagna-y taste. Knowing this week would be incredibly busy, Wednesday night I "accidentally" made a huge batch of my 10-minute veggie loaded marinara (will share that recipe later!) and spaghetti. When Thursday rolled around and we were on the go to swimming lessons and an afternoon mommy/kiddie play date, baked spaghetti pies were the perfect answer to my no-time-to-cook dilemma.
Grandma's recipe was always made in a standard pie dish. I like baking it in ramekins fit for little hands.

Spaghetti Pie 
makes 1 pie, or 4 mini pies 

2 cups cooked spaghetti 
1 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce 
1 cup ricotta cheese 
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh chopped Parsley, plus more for garnish 

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Place spaghetti and sauce in pie dish. In a small bowl, stir together ricotta, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and parsley. Top spaghetti and sauce with ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Bake until cheese is golden brown and pie is hot, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with more parsley.

43 comments:

  1. Goodness Gracious!!! I always have leftover spaghetti and nothing sounds better than spaghetti in pie form. Your daughter is so precious. Happy Friday!!! =)

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  2. What a comforting pasta dish! Will have to add this to our weekly menu.

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  3. This sounds delightful! Yum!

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  4. hi there my talented friend! it looks like great minds think alike! : ) this is something that my Grandma did -- my mom and me too! i have to confess...i love my spaghetti the second time around even better than the first : ) and the touch of ricotta is just superb! thanks for sharing and thank you for the eye candy -- your photography is simpley amazing!!!!! sending hugs...

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  5. We always have leftover spaghetti but sometimes not enough for another entire meal. What a great idea for a lunch for me the next day :) I have never heard of this but it sounds delicious.

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  6. The perfect idea! I always have a little left over and feel guilty about throwing it out. You come up with the best ideas! Thanks!

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  7. Oh I love the sound of this! Have a fabulous weekend Marina!

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  8. love it esp in the ramekins. makes everybody feel special!

    michele

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  9. Love it! I like the ramekin idea too. I've done left over spaghetti wrapped in eggplant bundles. Total transformation! : )

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  10. Pinned it and following you know on Pinterest. Love this idea. Always have too much leftover spaghetti.

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  11. simple enough for me :)

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  12. I love the idea of ricotta on top! I make pizza pot pies (on purpose, not leftovers) with meat sauce and biscuit dough on top in little ramekins like this...but I've always thought they could be better. Yours sounds a lot simpler...I can do leftovers...I mean planned-overs. ;)

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  13. What a great idea!! I always have leftover food!

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  14. I LOVE you. What an awesome idea, especiallly for kids!!! awesome! I'm so glad you enjoyed miss Susan's interview today:) xoxoxox H

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  15. Great idea. Sure to be a favorite with the kiddos. Giada has a similar recipe for a pan-fried version of leftover spaghetti pie...I believe it was in her first book. It's definitely an Italian tradition to use the leftovers in this way. Yummy and practical.

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  16. that looks delightful!

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  17. it always happened to me.. like i prepared too much and i feel sorry to throw so we'll eat the rest the day after. i used to put alot of parmesan on the top so it will be more crunchy :)
    have a nice weekend my dear. take care. xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  18. What is leftover spaghetti?!? Haha. Pasta is usually consumed in huge quantities at my place since we don't eat it that often. If there were ever leftovers though, I would definitely make this! Sounds delightful. Have a wonderful weekend Marina!

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  19. Great idea!

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  20. We do think alike!!! :). This sounds delicious and I love the dollup of ricotta cheese on top! I definitely will be making this next time I have leftover spaghetti!

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  21. well yes..this sounds like the perfect solution to leftover spaghetti

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  22. How clever! I know what to do with the next batch of leftover spaghetti!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Marina <3

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  23. we ate this while growing up too. so, so yummy!

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  24. What a great idea! And they are beautiful, too....as is the daughter! :)

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  26. I have tons of leftover spaghetti and this is such a cute idea to make it all seem fresh and new to my kids. We do love leftover spaghetti as it seems to get better with age as all the flavors seem to mesh together.

    Going to pop 2 of these little ramekin delights in the oven as the kids are having leftover spaghetti for lunch today.

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  27. Spaghetti Pie was a favorite of mine growing up! I love your leftover version.

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  28. such a great idea ! love it :D

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  29. I'm pretty sure I prefer spaghetti the next day over fresh. Great idea!

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  30. this is something we always deal w/ as a family of 3 (and one of those 3 a small eater...) I really love a fresh way to prepare a left over. Thanks !

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  31. Such a great idea - this will be used again and again!
    Mary x

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  32. This looks great! Can't wait for that sauce recipe! :) Genius! :)
    Cindy
    Vegetarian Mamma

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  33. Looks great and so easy too!

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  34. I just want to say thanks so much for the great idea. This was a huge hit with my kids, as you saw from my post, and they loved it so much that they wanted it again the next day. My hubby even wanted one. We went through all of the leftovers and I am definitely going to do this again next time I make spaghetti.

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  35. This is such a cute idea. I have to try this one out. Of course my hooligans would need bigger bowls cuz they are 18 and 23 and hoover large quantities of everything.

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  36. This recipe is really helpful. I really hate wasting good stuff, but no matter how great you estimate, there will at times be leftover stuff, that is a fact. I am grateful for moms like you that make kitchen conflicts easily ironed out. Thanks a lot Marina!

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  37. this is sooo cute!! you've convinced me to run out and buy bigger ramekins/mini pie dishes :)

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  38. such a great idea! so cute!
    your blog is absolutely gorgeous...I'm so happy I found you
    following you now love
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  39. That looks so yummy! I always have a problem with leftover spaghetti...

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  40. Anonymous7:23 AM

    This looks wonderful! I found you on tastespotting. Please feel free to come by sometime. I love making new friends xx
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  41. wow.. I love this recipe. i am sure from now on i will make some extra spaghetti just to get an excuse to make this recipe later on.

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