"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

a properly attired recipe

A few of you may have noticed that there once was a recipe here... and then there wasn't.  So, here's the story.  I was doing a little blog visiting when I landed at Cobble Hill Farm. Breezing through some older posts I found a recipe for spaghetti pie.  I found this funny because just the day before, I had served it for lunch.  Ha ha!  O.k., this may not seem funny to you but I thought that I had made it up.  We had leftover spaghetti and I'm always trying to be creative with leftovers so they seem like 'new' meals.  I thought I had invented spaghetti pie.

When I saw the recipe I got excited, called one of my daughters in to witness this crazy coincidence and then surprised her with even more mama drama.  I highlighted the recipe, copying it to paste onto my word processor page and then save.  Unfortunately the word processor didn't want it.  Not a problem for a creative mama.  I just clicked 'new post' for my blog and pasted it there.  Enter problem.  Instead of saving as a draft as I had intended, I accidentally hit publish.

Here's where it gets even funnier.  Ha ha?  It wasn't until about an hour later that I pulled up my post (fully expecting to see the valentine craft pic) and saw a recipe for spaghetti pie!  It had posted?  And people had seen it sitting there all naked?  Just a recipe... no picture, no text, no signature, no credit to Staci...  I panicked.  I couldn't figure out how to make it go away and I wanted it to go away fast.  Of course, it was right about now that I noticed that people had actually seen it and commented.  I didn't bother to see who, I was too busy smacking buttons trying to delete.  I finally regained my brain and accomplished the task.  

So, that's what happened to the recipe and today, I give it to you properly... all dressed and presented as it should be.

click link to see photo

4 ounces angel hair or thin spaghetti noodles, broken into 2-inch pieces
2 T. unsalted butter
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg, beaten

2 t. vegetable or canola oil
1 small onion, minced
1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
salt and pepper
1 - 24 ounce jar (or homemade) spaghetti sauce (*if you like it less saucy, use 3/4's the amount)
1 c. ricotta or mascarpone
1 large egg
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

For the crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bring 2 quarts water to boil in a large saucepan.  Add the pasta and cook until al dente.  Drain.

Combine the cooked pasta, butter, Parmesan, and egg in the pan used to cook the pasta in (or a medium bowl).  Press the mixture into a 9 or 10-inch pie plate.  Bake, with the rack in the center of the oven, until the crust is set, about 15-20 minutes.  Remove to a wire rack until the filling is ready.

For the filling:
While the crust is baking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering.  Add the onion and cook until softened, 3-4 minutes.  Add beef or turkey, stirring while cooking, until cooked through and lightly browned, 7-8 minutes.  Drain off excess fat and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Stir in the spaghetti sauce and simmer until heated through and thickened slightly.

In a small bowl stir together the ricotta or mascarpone and egg.  Season lightly with salt and pepper.  Stir ricotta mixture evenly over the pasta crust.  Top with the meat sauce and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.

Bake until browned, 25 minutes.  Remove to a wire rack to cool about 15 minutes before serving.  Slice into wedges and enjoy!
Blessings, Debbie


  1. Oh my, funny! I do love your recipe, I have made baked spaghetti before and it is kind of like this...I just love pasta any old way! ;D

  2. How funny, it sounds like something I would do by accident. - I thought I read the recipe and commented on it..I was sure that there was more than just a picture...hmm, maybe I just made it up in my head? Anyway, I used to make something like it years ago, but this one has better ingredients..yum! xo

  3. Something similar this was served at a ladies get together I went to recently. Yum! I like the picture of all of your rolling pins.

  4. You know, I didn't even realize there was no photo?! I love spaghetti pie, I though only we Italians made it ha ha, my mother made it great. I haven't tried it in years. xo

  5. Hahaha, great post! And yum, that looks delicious!!

  6. Whoopsies, that sounds like something I would do lol!

    Oh goodie another new recipe for me to try. Pasta night here tomorrow night so this one is on the menu...thank you for sharing :)

  7. Hilarious..............maybe just one of those senior moments, lol.......don't worry it happens to me all the time.

  8. Funny!
    We make baked spaghetti here using Paula Deans recipe, my guy's love it!
    I will have to try this recipe too, thanks for putting it back up all pretty and all!

  9. Yea! Mystery solved! You are so funny. I love spaghetti pie...sorry you don't get credit for inventing it. I'm sure that was a little disconcerting!

  10. ps. Where did you get those lovely lace valances? That's all the curtain I want in my new house....

  11. Forget the spaghetti pie! :) I'm hung up on your rolling pins and the wonderful way you're storing them!!!!

  12. Yup!! I love making Spagetti Pie - when there is leftover spagetti noodles and meat sauce to use up. Funny thing is for me there is hardly ever any leftover - because it is not a family fav. Spagetti that is. However, my hubby LOVES lasagna. I tell him it's ALL in the name of the noodle - but he quickly tells me to hush up and to not mess with his sub-concious. ;)

    I can - however get away with Spagetti Pie. Can we say Cheese?

  13. You are way, way too funny. I wondered but, you know, that happens so I didn't think much about it.

    I find it interesting how vintage cookbooks that say 1999 look. I must be getting old. Sigh.

    BTW if you lived closer, I would definitely love to swap occasionally - you could teach my girls some skills I don't have. That would be fab!!

  14. Well. it's reassuring to me to know others have such mishaps. Love your curtain rods! The little hearts are so charming!

  15. LOL! Wish I could have been a fly on the wall to witness this. LOL! Debbie, you just make me feel better knowing that there is one other soul who has some calamities with technology! ;) {hugs}

    The recipe sounds great! Thank you. blessings ~ tanna

  16. You are always delightful. I have never had spaghetti pie. I love your Gerber' baby food basket...I would love to have one of those, oh my mind was taken back years ago...too precious.

  17. Hi there, I just found you thru another blog and can't wait to try your Spaghetti Pie for I've never eaten it. I know my hubby will love it too...so happy to have found and hope you will come visit me somethings!!

  18. I'll definitely will try this. I was wondering about the spaghetti pie too. Thanks. JB

  19. I am glad that I am not the only one who does that. I have another blog and one day I was doing a blog post for my other one, and forgot I was on My Field of Dreams. I have kept my other one secret so I was appalled when I had published to My Field of Dreams.
    I was so panicked that someone might see it I couldn't think of how to delete it. I did and I was safe. :) Now I just told you.
    oops. :)
    It looks like a lovely recipe. I am doing that tonight with left over stew and calling it Beef Pot Pie.

  20. Oh my, it sounds like something I would do.
    I tried an onion/spagetti pie and wow was
    it deliscious! I'll give this one a try next.

  21. This looks delicious and I will put it on my list of yummy dinners to make.

    I have also put up a post by accident. It looks like all turned out well with this one! :)

  22. Haven't we all done that before? Something we didn't intend to do?

    Thanks for the recipe!


  23. Debbie, you are sooooo funny! Here I am giggling out loud at your recipe "sitting there all naked"...and also at your smacking buttons right and left trying to undo your publishing! Maybe I think this is funny because I can imagine myself doing the same thing. My son once asked me, "Mom, do you ever not have a crisis when you get on the computer?"
    That recipe looks yummy! (Escpecially now that it is properly attired!) You have brightened up a day that needed brightening.

    Hugs to you...

  24. As I read this I had that "ooooosy" feeling because it was just like something I have done before. But your wonderful sense of humor kicked in and made lemonade!

    Thank you for the recipe, dressed up or likewise.

  25. Oops! I've accidentally posted a draft before that was nowhere finished and then was scrambling to figure out what to do. The brain goes into shock mode and it takes a few to actually think sensibly.

    I love the little felted hearts on skewers. So very sweet and make a great header photo.

    Loved the pictures of the girls playing guitars. I just thought to myself, what a simply lovely life they have.

    Try and try as I may, I just can't seem to find that little inchworm in the 4th picture. Where are my reading glasses? :)

    Best wishes to you and yours, Tammy

  26. Sounds very yummy! Thanks for sharing. I love your sweet lace valance...and all of those beautiful rolling pins in the wooden bin. Very inspiring photos!

    I hope you have a relaxing weekend!


  27. You're not the first to do that, and I'm sure you won't be the last...I've done it too many times to remember BUT I caught it and figured out how to fix it before anyone could ask questions. :)

    We also make spaghetti pie (the recipe is on my blog!). Sorry, Debbie. :)

    Oh, and just to let you know, you're entered in my giveaway. I'm picking a winner tomorrow -- maybe it'll be you. :)


  28. I have never had spaghetti pie!
    Let me know how the alfredo turns out if you try it, okay?
    Because you know I don't USE recipes! lol.


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