Let me start this off with an admission. I totally cheated all over the place with this recipe. I knew I was going to when I picked it off Pinterest and I just didn’t care.
You see, I love spaghetti, and I love sauce, but I don’t like making spaghetti sauce from scratch. I’ve done it once and it was complicated and messy and time-consuming and it tasted okay but I knew it could have been better.
So I skipped the whole first part of the Baked Spaghetti Pie recipe that called for making sauce from scratch. I just didn’t want to deal with it. Call me lazy. Call me a coward. I did what I did and I am okay with that. I bought Vodka sauce and it was delicious and I regret nothing.
Well almost nothing. Because when I skipped over the sauce part of the recipe I skipped the mention of hamburger that was included so I didn’t buy that to put in with the pre-made sauce. And while the end result of my cooking efforts was delicious, I missed that hamburger.
Anyway, so last week my recipe from Pinterest was for Baked Spaghetti Pie. I love spaghetti, I love pie, it seemed like a win-win scenario. I used Vodka sauce from a jar, angel hair pasta instead of thin spaghetti noodles, and an Italian cheese blend instead of just Mozarella. Some day I’ll try to make a recipe with no substitutions. But this was not that day.
(first pic from original recipe, collage from me)
Because I skipped making the sauce from scratch this was a pretty easy recipe overall to complete. The noodles were cooked first while I fried up some onion. Once the noodles were done I added in all the fun cheeses (cream cheese, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, oh my!) and sauce. Then I packed everything into a glass pie baking dish, topped with more cheese, and baked for about 20 minutes.
What came out of that oven was absolutely delicious. Sauce-y and cheese-y and noodle-y and more. It was also very filling, so I only had one ‘piece’ of the ‘pie.’ The friend I had invited over to dine with me had about three pieces. I was surprised he could move after that.
I’m definitely calling this recipe a WIN, even though I cheated on making it AND forgot the meat. I have plans to make it again in the near future and will see about getting some hamburger or ground turkey in there. I doubt I’ll try making the sauce from scratch though.
It’s not impossible, just kind of annoying. Plus, that Vodka sauce is so good.
Interested in making this recipe yourself? Head to MyFoxSpokane’s Pinterest board “Fox Foodies Unite” and you’ll find them!