This Spaghetti Pie, with sausage, mozzarella and ricotta is a fun alternative to the traditional baked pasta dish.
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Spaghetti Pie Recipe
If you've never heard of a Spaghetti Pie, let me explain what it is: a baked ziti alternative made fun with spaghetti pasta baked in a pie dish. My version is studded with pieces of sausage and mozzarella, held together with a marinara ricotta custard and topped with a bright layer of marinara and parmesan to balance the whole thing out.
The first question you might ask yourself when thinking about spaghetti pie is: what is the point? Or at least that is what my husband said when I told him about it when I put the dish in front of him! He was confused at first about how this is different from regular spaghetti. And he quickly found himself the answer once he started eating. Not only is this noodle dish unique to look at, due to it's ability to slice it, but the sum of it's parts results in a truly delicious dinner thanks to the combinations of flavors and textures that a baked pasta dish offers.
So, let's get to making it, shall we? The text below offers tons of tips and helpful notes, or you can scroll to the bottom to grab the recipe and get started!
Here is an overview of the ingredients needed for this recipe. The full recipe is listed below in greater detail.
- tomato sauce (I recommend the Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce from my other website Everyday Family Eats)
- ricotta cheese + parmesan cheese + mozzarella cheese (you can use shredded mozzarella or cubed)
- Italian sausage
- herbs: dried Italian herbs + fresh basil (for serving)
- garlic powder + salt
There is a lot of flexibility in the vessel used to bake the pasta. Given that this is spaghetti pie, it makes sense to use a pie dish! But this recipe won't fit in a standard depth pie dish. You'll need a very large or deep dish pie plate (I use this Pyrex one). I also tested it in a springform pan, and that works great.
Alternatively, you could use a 9" square baking dish if you have neither of the above-mentioned dishes.
Can I Use Leftover Spaghetti?
Leftover spaghetti can definitely be used in this dish, but keep in mind two things: the recipe is based on a pound of spaghetti. So if you have less than that, you might need to cook some additional to make up for it. Or adjust the other ingredient quantities based on the amount of spaghetti you have.
If you are using leftover fully cooked spaghetti, it will be a little soft once it finishes baking. The recipe below calls for the spaghetti to be cooked al dente, and if you are using leftover pasta, that might not be the case.
How to Make Spaghetti Pie
Here is a step-by-step overview of how to make this recipe. Keep scrolling for the full recipe with all instructions. This recipe takes about as much prep time as it takes to make a baked ziti.
- Make (or buy) marinara sauce. I have this great Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce that is my family's favorite on my other website.
- Cook spaghetti, drain and rinse under cool water to stop it from cooking. You want the pasta to be al dente since it's going in the oven for a bake!
- Cook sausage and prep other ingredients.
- Layers together the spaghetti pie.
- Bake, let rest for 15 minutes and serve!
How to Tell When It's Done
Because there is egg inside of the ricotta filling, it's important for the spaghetti pie to be thoroughly cooked. The best way to tell if anything in the oven is fully baked is to use an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature. The middle of the spaghetti pie should reach a temperature of above 180ºF to know that the eggs are fully cooked and safe to eat.
If you don't have a thermometer, bubbling towards the center of the pie is a good indication that the pie is done.
How to Serve It and Reheat It
Want to keep your spaghetti pasta standing up? Then you'll need to give it time to cool down, which is really no different than any other baked pasta dish. Spaghetti pie needs to cool for about 15 minutes before slicing.
The first slice is always hardest to get out cleanly if you are using a pie plate, since you need to dig it out. This isn't the case if you are using a springform pan though.
You can serve this baked as a slice dish on a plate, or in a bowl.
Serve the pie with additional warmed marinara sauce if desired, and a sprinkle of basil or other fresh Italian herbs of parmesan cheese.
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