Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Spaghetti Pie: An Excellent Recipe for Leftover Pasta

A chef friend of mine, once shared an awesome secret for a recipe utilizing leftover pasta noodles. I’ve kept it logged in the giant recipe file in my brain, but had never tried it until last night. And I’m so glad I did! The recipe is for a spaghetti pie of sorts, and is easy, low in fat and a great use for that pasta in the fridge that no one is going to eat. As a person who hates HATES to waste food, I love this whole concept. We also don’t have a microwave which usually isn’t a problem, but reheating leftovers like pasta is one thing I do miss having a microwave for.

The secret to this recipe is finishing the “pie” in the oven. You begin cooking the egg on the stove to make sure the outsides are set, then pop it into a 350 degree oven for 10ish minutes to set the middle. It’s so elegant, delicious, and great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I googled “spaghetti pie” before making this to check on ingredient ratios and was pleasantly surprised to see a number of recipes pop up, including one even from Emeril. Apparently this is something other people know about. Have you ever had spaghetti pie?

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Pesto Spaghetti Pie

Yield: 2 servings

Total Time: 30 minutes

I used leftover whole wheat angel hair pasta with pesto on it in this recipe, but you could use anything. If yours doesn't have any sauce, make sure you toss the pasta with some olive oil and herbs or a quick tomato sauce before adding it to the skillet so it stays moist enough.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/2 to 3/4 cup of assorted vegetables such as chopped broccoli, thawed frozen peas and/or halved grape tomatoes, etc.
3-4 eggs
1/2 cup milk or cream
1/2 cup shredded or crumbled cheese such as Parmesan or feta
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 servings of leftover pasta such as pesto spaghetti pasta (any kind will do)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat small, ovenproof non-stick skillet* over medium-high heat. Once skillet is hot, add olive oil. Add onion, and saute until translucent but not brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add assorted veggies and cook until bright green or beginning to cook through.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cheese and a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste).

3. Add pasta to skillet and toss to combine with veggies. Pour egg mixture over top making sure it thoroughly combines with pasta and hits the bottom of the skillet. Add an additional egg if mixture looks dry or doesn't fill skillet thoroughly. Cook over medium heat for 7-10 minutes, or until sides are set. Transfer skillet to oven and cook an additional 10-15 minutes until center is set.

4. Remove pie from oven and allow to cool slightly. With a rubber spatula or butter knife, loosen edges from pan. Being careful not to burn yourself, put a cutting board or plate on top of skillet and flip, inverting pie onto cutting board. Slice, and serve immediately or at room temperature.

*If you don't have an ovenproof skillet, put aluminum foil around plastic handle to protect it from the heat.

 

8 Responses to “Spaghetti Pie: An Excellent Recipe for Leftover Pasta”

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    Julie — July 20, 2011 @ 1:16 am

    Looks yummy—my only question? Is this plate sitting on your infamous new table? Looks beautiful. Love the new look of the blog,too. Keep it going!

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    Hadley — July 20, 2011 @ 2:06 am

    love the new site, looks awesome! and spaghetti pie……yummmmm…..

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    Paulette — July 20, 2011 @ 2:42 am

    Wow — looks delicious…and wjere’d you get that plate. I want one! : h

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    Becca Stinson — July 20, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    can’t wait to try this! love the new look of the blog – go annakate!!

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    Annakate — July 20, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    Thanks for the comments, all! This recipe really is so tasty and so easy. Julie — this is my kitchen table, not the big guy in the dining room. My mom’s Dad made this table, and my Dad finished it a few years ago, so it’s got it own specialness. Paulette — Was it you that told me about spaghetti pie? It was either you or Carolyn — I can’t remember!

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    Lesley — July 21, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    The new blog design looks great!

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    jb — July 23, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    I like this concept, which at least to me seems like “quiche-ifying” leftovers. Beyond spaghetti, the possibilities are endless. Leftover General Tsao’s Chicken? Quicheify it! Everyone didn’t eat their veggies from the night before? Q time. Of course this won’t work with everything (slaws come to mind) but… what does? Other than adding cheese of course. 🙂

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    Deb — July 24, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

    Hi Annakate!

    Mike and I were talking about you the other day so I thought I would check in say Hi and see how things are going in your world. I really like the new blog site. Yes, I have made spaghetti pie using Dreamfields Pasta! Yum !!!
    Drop us a note when you have time! Hugs, Debby

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