How often do you make spaghetti? Well if you’re like me and it’s on your menu once a week, I have a special treat for you! Spaghetti is my go to meal when my schedule is tight or I just don’t feel like cooking. Eaten alone or with a salad and garlic bread it has just the right amount of vegetable, protein and dairy to make it a healthy meal.
I’ve been seeing lots of pictures online for Spaghetti Pie and was totally inspired to turn my boring spaghetti dinner to something more exciting without adding work to my busy evenings. I used bucatini noodles but any spaghetti noodle would work, topped with homemade meatballs and store bought spaghetti sauce. Dinner was the perfect balance of semi-homemade goodness. Not to mention the kids loved the presentation. The hardest part about this dish is going to be keeping your kids’ hands off the meatballs!
The Spaghetti and Mini Meatballs came out beautifully…. Until I released the springform. For about 2 seconds it was a perfect spaghetti pie! Then gravity set in and it fell apart before my eyes! My kids thought it were laughing hysterically while meatballs rolled down the table! Would I make it again? Just to hear those laughs I sure would!!
I thought this dish was adorable so I was excited to share it with you. Will I revisit this recipe later? Yes. I read that adding 2 eggs will help hold the shape better, but again, the kids really found the whole messy effect hilarious!
Spaghetti Pie with Meatballs
- 1lb (500g) Bucatini, cooked
- 3 1/2 cups (800 ml) Spaghetti sauce, homemade or store bought
- 4oz (500g) Mozzarella Cheese, grated
- 2 oz (25g) Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 32 Meatballs
- 1 lb (500g) Ground Beef
- 1 Egg
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 4 Sprigs of Basil
- 2 Sprigs of Thyme, stem removed
- 1/3 cup (35g) Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup (45g) Breadcrumbs
- In a food processor, chop up garlic, thyme and basil.
- Mix together all meatball ingredients by hand until completely combined. Roll into small meatballs about 1/2 inch in size.
- Sauté meatballs in skillet browning all sides but do not cook all the way through. Set aside
- To assemble
- Put 1/2 of noodles in bottom of a greased 9″ Springform pan. Later with 1/2 of spaghetti sauce. Top with a couple of meatballs and 1/2 of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
- Repeat layering of noodles and sauce. Around edge of pie pan place meatballs and fill center with the rest of the cheese.
- Place springform pan on a baking sheet to avoid dripping.
- Bake at 200 covered for 20 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 180 remove foil and back 15 more minutes.
- Garnish with great basil leaves