The fact that the dish looked something like a deep-dish pizza appealed to Maddie as well as the realization that the spaghetti would bake together, get extra crispy and have to be cut into slices to be served. And totally fun to make a pie base out of the cooked pasta strands, layer on a spinach-cheese mixture, add some of Carole's exquisite homemade tomato sauce (which she'd generously donated to me as we left yoga earlier in the day... only Carole would just happen to have over 40 jars of tomato sauce in the back of her car), and top with grated cheese. A weird pie/lasagna combo that got good reviews from both critics. Maybe not the highest-brow meal we've ever made but it fit the bill for our day.
serves 6 to 8
8 oz spaghetti
2 large eggs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups homemade marinara sacue
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp oregano
1 10-oz package frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
1 15-oz container part skim ricotta
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put water on to boil. Lightly grease a 10-inch pie plate.
In a medium frying pan, heat olive oil and cook onions until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the marinara sauce and oregano, and heat through.
Place ricotta in a bowl and combine with the spinach.
Cook spaghetti until al dente, drain and toss in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk eggs with 1/3 cup shredded parmesan. Toss with the spaghetti and then transfer to the pie place. Shape into crust shape by flattening centre and pressing up the sides of the pan. Layer spinach-ricotta mixture, followed by the tomato sauce and bake for 25 minutes. Top with shredded mozzarella and remaining parmesan, and bake for another 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Let cool for 10 minutes and then slice into wedges and serve.
Rest of the week
Sept 2 Takeout Greek souvlakis and salad
Sept 3 Linguine with pesto sauce and tossed salad
Sept 4 Burritos from Chino Locos
Sept 5 Dinner at sister's house... yummy pulled pork and coconut cream pie
Sept 6 Spaghetti pie with salad