By: Jennifer Murray

Easy As Pie. Spaghetti Pie.

More than ever I’ve been planning meals based on the following questions:

~ Will most/all of the family eat it?

~ Is it EASY and fairly QUICK?

~ Is it easy on the budget?

~ Is it a healthy choice?

So when I find a “Winner” in these categories, I think it’s worth passing along…right?

Here’s What We Dined-In on Last Night:

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It’s as easy as pie.  Spaghetti Pie to be precise.

Here’s what You’ll Need.

SPAGHETTI PIE

10 oz Spaghetti (I Prefer Thin)

2 Eggs Beaten

1/2 c Grated Parmesan Cheese

8 oz Shredded Mozzarella

1 lb. of Cooked Ground Beef

1 Jar of Spaghetti Sauce or 1 Batch of Homemade (I Like To Spice Up a Store Bought Jar to Save Time)

Now, just recruit some cute helpers (and their toys) and you’ll be set to start!

(Yes, I do a lot of food prep on the (cleanish) floor!)

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First Cook Your Spaghetti and Drain.

Combine the Eggs and the Parmesan Cheese and Mix into the Drained Spaghetti.

In a 9×13 Pan, Layer 1/2 the Spaghetti and 1/2 the Mozzarella Cheese.

Repeat Layers Until You Have Something Like This:

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Bake the Noodles and Cheese at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  It should come out looking all cheesy and happy like this:

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While you are baking the noodles, Add your spaghetti sauce to your cooked ground beef and heat thoroughly.  You can also add veggies like mushrooms, zucchini, and peppers to your sauce. Pour heated sauce over the baked spaghetti.  Put it back into the oven for another 5-10 minutes and Voila!  Cut it into Squares to Serve.

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I also like this recipe because it’s less-messy and easier to eat than traditional spaghetti for little ones.

Add a salad or fresh veggie, plus some garlic bread and you are golden! =)

What’s your favorite kid/budget/time/nutritious-friendly recipe?

23 Responses to “Easy As Pie. Spaghetti Pie.”

  1. Firefly@fireflyblog.org
    March 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    That looks so yummy! Adorable kiddos :)

  2. Lisa Mc
    March 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    I do something similar to this but I top it with pepperonis and reduced fat parmesan and shredded cheeses! My children love 'baked spaghetti' way more than stovetop spaghetti!

  3. J Myer
    March 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. I can always use meals that are quick, easy, cheap, and healthy. I'm not a big fan of meal planning, so anytime I can steal someone else's I'm in. :) Thanks!!! It looks great.

  4. Kim
    March 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! I love trying out new recipes. Love how you cook on the floor!!! :)

  5. Marianne
    March 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    This sounds delicious, Jen :)

    My favorite recipe that's healthy, insanely easy, and most kids would probably enjoy? Pita pizzas! I'm too lazy to type out how to make them, but if you're interested, let me know and I'll un-lazy myself and fill you in :)

    Hope all is well at the Murray house!
    Marianne

  6. The Cochran Crew
    March 4, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    Did you get my e-mail three days ago when you were asking for a white chicken chili recipe? I sent mine to your inbox right after that, wasn't sure if you got it! Precious Pics of the Boys!!

  7. J
    March 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

    My older son, age 23, has always LOVED spaghetti pie. I started making it when he was about age 2, like your boys.

    Only I make it in a glass pie pan and cut and serve a slice, just like "pie". I need to get my recipe out and make it since it has been ages. Thanks for the reminder.

    J

  8. Suzanne
    March 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    wow! that's a really good idea to make spaghetti less messy! and i'm all about keeping it clean! lol. thanks for sharing, girlfriend! love you,
    suz

  9. Lorri
    March 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    One of our favorites is a (meatless!) crockpot taco bake. Serve it with any of your favorite taco fixings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, taco sauce, lettuce, tortillas, etc. Works great in enchiladas or quesadillas, and freezes well.

    Here's the recipe:

    3/4 c. lentils (uncooked)
    3/4 c. brown rice (uncooked)
    1 pkg taco seasoning
    3 c. water

    Combine in crockpot for approximately 4-5 hours on low.

    That's it! For larger quantities, just increase, keeping water to twice that of the dry ingredients and adding in a bit more taco seasoning. Super easy to throw together, and it even gets a thumbs up from my carnivore hubby. You can mix it with ground beef to stretch, or use in place of taco meat in many dishes. Very economical!

  10. Calonder Crew
    March 4, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    That sounds really yummy! I know what we're having for supper tomorrow night – thanks for sharing!

    A couple (fairly) healthy suppers my kids like are homemade pizza (I use 1/2 whole wheat flour) and parmesan chicken. I put a little spaghetti sauce in a 9×13, then put in breaded chicken patties (frozen), add more spaghetti sauce to top, then bake for 30 minutes. Then add mozzarella cheese to the top and bake until melted. Put on top of whole wheat spaghetti or any pasta, add a salad and garlic bread and you are good to go. My kids BEG for it and all eat it! Yummy and so very simple!

  11. Clair
    March 5, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    YUM! How about shepherd's pie now that you're onto pies?!! Also, if you're anything like us potatoes are super cheap and there's millions of things u can do (including freezing some potato skins for snacks!!) Anyhoo: I've got frugal potato recipes here: http://www.mummydeals.org/category/Recipes
    Clair

  12. Ivy
    March 5, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    Yum!! I make a very similar spagetti casserole and everyone loves it!

  13. Grayson Wheeler
    March 5, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    I make a similiar recipe but I combine all of my ingredients together first and then bake in a pan. Love that you are now sharing easy kid friendly recipes! I could always use more ideas! Thanks!
    Have you tried pizza bagels with your boys? You just take a half bagel and spread with a spoonful of spaghetti sauce, then you can add pepperoni bits or veggies (whatever you prefer) and then shredded mozzarella cheese on top and bake on cookie sheet till the cheese melts! Easy and fun for kids to make! Fun lunch! I have cut pepperoni and green pepper to make smiley faces on the pizzas for my kids. They love it!

  14. mpannek
    March 5, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Yum! My family loves baked ziti! my recipe is similar to this, only obviously with ziti pasta, layered with provolone, mozzarella, a little sour cream, & parmesan. I also mix the noodles & the sauce together. We just made it last night…. not on the floor though, lol! I just started 'main dish monday' on my blog this week, and I'm going to be doing this very thing on my blog as well. Great minds think alike, lol! I've only done it one week now, and its not really a kid recipe (Drunken Tuscan Pasta), but it is fun! Keep em coming!

  15. Susan
    March 5, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    I have the same recipe but put it in pie plates versus 9×13. We love it too.

  16. VanderbiltWife
    March 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    Hubby and I usually doctor up jarred sauce like that: beef or sausage, green peppers, onions, spices. Yum!

    Libbie is not a big fan of meat yet, but she does like Sloppy Joes and loved the Orange Chicken from Crockpot 365.

  17. Jendi
    March 5, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    We like to have tacos. The flavor can disguise added vegetables, and everything is better in a wrap – right?

  18. Nap Warden
    March 6, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    I love Spaghetti Pie!

  19. Mom of the Twinkies and Tot!
    March 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Looks yummy and easy all in one! I will have to try it out!

  20. Victor | UPrinting
    March 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I'm planning to use this recipe of yours and add more spices (bell peppers and some slices of pepperoni). Yeah, this is perfect with a salad, garlic bread and a good serving of cream of corn.

  21. amy =)
    March 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    hey, do you know approximately how big a jar or batch of sauce you use? my grocery only had big jars the other night and i'm sure it is way too much

  22. Julie
    March 15, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    I just have to say THANK YOU for this recipe!!! I made it this weekend and it was YUMMY! My 5 year old and 2 year old twins loved it and we got 2 meals out of it! This is a keeper!! :)

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