My-Oh-My Spaghetti Pie
This layered pie is a really kicked-up idea for leftover
spaghetti noodles! I use mozzarella cheese in this recipe, but go ahead and make
yours with whatever cheese you like best. Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or even smoked
Gouda would be great.
6 to 8 servings
11⁄4 teaspoons salt
2 cups broccoli, cut into small flowerets by using only
about an inch of the stem
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 teaspoon minced garlic
21⁄2 teaspoons Baby Bam (page 234)
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1⁄2 pound ground beef
8 large eggs
1⁄2 cup milk
1⁄2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (about
3 cups cooked spaghetti
1 heaping cup grated mozzarella cheese (about
Measuring cups and spoons, cutting board, knife, grater,
garlic press (optional), 21⁄2-quart saucepan, oven mitts or pot holders,
colander, medium skillet, large mixing bowl, wire whisk, 2-quart casserole dish,
1. Make sure
the oven rack is in the center position and preheat the oven to 375ļF.
2. Bring a
small saucepan of water to a boil over high heat.
1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt and the broccoli and cook for 3 minutes, until
the broccoli is slightly cooked but still crisp and bright green. This is called
4. Using oven
mitts or pot holders, remove the saucepan from the heat and drain the broccoli
in a colander set in the sink, pouring away from you. Rinse under cold running
water. Set aside to drain.
5. Heat the
oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, 1 teaspoon of
the Baby Bam, the parsley, basil, 1⁄4 teaspoon of the remaining salt, the
pepper, and ground meat, and cook, stirring, until the meat is no longer pink
(that means itís cooked through) and the onions start to brown, about 8
6. In a large
bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, the remaining 11⁄2 teaspoons of Baby
Bam, and the remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt. Add the Parmesan cheese and
whisk well to combine.
7. Spread the
cooked spaghetti evenly in a casserole dish.
8. Pour the
meat mixture over the spaghetti and toss with a fork to combine.
9. Place the
blanched broccoli on top of the spaghetti.
10. Pour the egg mixture over the spaghetti.
11. Sprinkle the spaghetti evenly with the mozzarella
cheese and bake it in the oven until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.
12. Using oven
mitts or pot holders, remove the casserole dish from the oven and let it rest
and firm for 5 minutes before serving.
Have a grown-up help you take the skillet from the stove
and pour the meat into the casserole. Be careful carrying the full casserole
dish to the oven and placing it insideóand even more careful taking it out of
the oven! Itís heavy!
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