January 4, 2012

Dinner is Served: Spaghetti Pie

A few months ago, Ralphie hosted a little freezer meal swap. One of the women brought this and said, "I love this recipe. I got it from Holly after she made it for a big dinner she hosted and I had to have the recipe."

I laughed because Holly had gotten the recipe from me one time when we took dinner to their house years ago, and I felt quite pleased that it's continued to make the rounds. I know it sounds like something horrifying (that probably isn't so much cooked as assembled from pre-made ingredients), but it's actually delicious, easy to toss together, and not full of fake foods.

Even as I become more of a food snob, I still love this recipe. Plus, we always have some leftovers and it's just as good the next day.

This is a recipe I turn to when I need a reliable crowd-pleaser. Or a Bart-pleaser. Because this is one of his favorites. (The recipe is one we got from his mom).

Spaghetti Pie
(adapted from Cooking Light)

serves 6

1 pound ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce (with garlic, if you'd like. Sometimes I just add a little minced garlic).
1 1/2 cups sour cream
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta (I use whole wheat)
1 1/4 cups (about 5 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350°.

Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove.

Cook meat and onion in a large skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain if desired (I never do). Stir in salt, pepper, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer while you prepare the other parts.

Put the pasta in the pot of water, let cook until soft (usually about four minutes for angel hair). Drain and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish.

Combine the sour cream and cream cheese in a small bowl, and spread over the angel hair noodles. Top with meat mixture. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

Cover with foil and bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Serve hot.


  1. I'm glad you reminded me of this recipe. It is always good, and I have all the ingredients, so it is perfect for this time of year when I want to make easy, healthy, and more frugal meals.

  2. I've seen similar recipes before but have always been a bit wary of mixing cream cheese with my spaghetti. However, if you recommend it, then it must be good. Maybe I will try it after all.

    North Meets South

  3. Oh, I have been on the search for good freezer meals. I tried a spaghetti one from Pioneer Woman, since everyone was raving about her. Nasty. It was chicken, though, so I'm definitely giving this a try! Thanks.

  4. I think that the bf would adore this...I may need to make it someday...

  5. I've been trying to do one freezer meal a week to stock up. Perfect. Oh, and love the new look!

  6. How come I have never had this? It sounds like Karen has, and you. . . Must not have been invited :(

    Sounds very good! I am not a casserole fan usually, but on occasion they sound like the best possible meal.

  7. So, where does one find (or fake) tomato sauce with garlic? Is it a spiced pasta sauce, or plain with just garlic?

  8. I have a recipe for spagetti pie using leftovers from one of my Giada cookbooks that I've made a few times. This one looks delicous and a perfect crowd-pleaser. This is the only possible casserole-type dish my kids will eat.

  9. I love this recipe. Prior to our current diet, this was a frequent repeater in our house.

  10. Thank you for solving the mystery of what's for dinner tomorrow night. This sounds delicious. By the way, love the new blog look!

  11. I love spaghetti pie. I was just catching up on your blog now that I'm back from vacation...I like the new look. Also just noticed you loved the Omnivore's Dilemma- I'm reading it right now. Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle? I LOVED it. Barbara Kingsolver made a seemingly boring topic incredibly delightful.

  12. This is definitely one of our faves! We make it all the time. I posted this one on my blog back in Jan. of '09 and have had people ask me about it ever since. However, I changed it a bit. I have a horrible sweet tooth and I'm sure this sounds nasty but I add sugar and butter to the spaghetti sauce (when I'm not watching my waistline ;) I also secretly use a WHOLE block of cream cheese (fat free though) and a whole bag of cheese (2 cups). We sure are thankful to Ma-Bradshaw for combining these glorious ingredients! Thanks again for sharing!

  13. Ummm... I must not be one of the cool kids because I have no idea what a freezer meal is. Help a girl out. My version of a freezer meal is a tv dinner.


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