Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spaghetti Pie: Meal in a Muffin


These Spaghetti Pie Muffins are an adaptation of my recipe for "Spaghetti Pie" the casserole. They are just delicious.  You can, of course, make this recipe in a 9x13 casserole pan, but making them into muffins is a fun variation that is also a wonderful way to have ready made meals in the freezer.  They can be warmed up in a jiffy when someone gets home hungry and needs a snack or  a dinner.  Try making a double of this recipe; putting one into a casserole dish for dinner, and the rest into muffin pans for meals ready to eat.    If you are doing the THM diet or watching your carbs or glycemic levels, you can use "Dreamfields" pasta (which is what I did for these), and enjoy them as an S meal or low-carb meal.  They are a handy ready to go serving.  Just dish them up with a salad and Bon Appetite.  If you like this recipe, here are two more muffin meals to enjoy: Shepherd's Pie Muffin Meal and Eggplant Parmigiana Muffin Meal.



 Begin by browning 1 lb of lean meat in olive oil.  Add seasonings to the meat; (I made mine like I do for the homemade sausage.

 Stir, brown and add 1 can of tomato sauce.

While the sauce is cooking, prepare your spaghetti crust by stirring 1/4 cup of butter into 4 cups of pre-cooked spaghetti noodles.

In a measuring bowl, put 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and 2 eggs.

Whisk together well, and add to the spaghetti mixture.  Mix all together.



Divide spaghetti mixture into 12 muffin cups.  Form them into little nests, with the spaghetti coming up the sides of the muffin cups.


 Next mix together 3/4 of a cup of cottage cheese and 1/4 a cup of parmesan cheese.


Spread this mixture over the spaghetti nests.


 Once Spaghetti sauce is done, spoon evenly into the nests.





 Top with Mozzerella Cheese.


 Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes, or until cheese is lightly browned.


 Garnish and serve.



 Makes 12 large muffins.





Spaghetti Pie Muffins

For the Crust:
4 cups cooked whole wheat spaghetti (For Trim Healthy Mama use Dreamfields)
1/3 cup melted butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Mix together spaghetti and butter.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs. 
  4. Add Parmesan cheese and mix well.
  5. Pour egg mixture into into spaghetti and butter mixture and mix well.
  6. Spray 2 large muffin pans with cooking spray.
  7. Divide spaghetti mixture evenly into 12 muffin cups.
  8. Press spaghetti to form a little nest in each muffin cup.
For the filling
Ingredients:
3/4   cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions:
  1. Mix together both cheeses
  2. spread over inside of spaghetti nests.
For Sauce
Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 pounds lean hamburger or sausage
1/2 tsp crushed dried basil
1/2 tsp garlic powder or granules
1/2 tsp onion powder or ganules
1/2 tsp red pepper seeds
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions:
  1. Pour olive oil into pan, add meat and seasonings and brown. (with a very lean meat, there is nothing to drain… if you do have excess fat, go ahead and drain after it is browned).
  2. Add tomato sauce.
  3. Stir and simmer 10 minutes
  4. Spoon evenly over spaghetti nests
  5. Top each with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake approximately 30 minutes until cheese is lightly browned.
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Enjoy!

8 comments:

Amy said...

Oh My Gosh Pam... you had me at spaghetti! Yum, do these ever look heavenly. I'm all about one bite dishes right now. I have left over noodles from the other night, so I might just make these tonight for dinner.

I hope you are having a great day!

Hugs,
Amy

The Mayo Family said...

Oh! These look SO good!
Too bad that we did not see this earlier this week as we are having company come and we made up some meals ahead of time; one of them being spaghetti dinner...we would have made these instead! They look wonderful and we will give these a try sometime!
Thank you for all of your sweet comments on our blog. They are a blessing!
Blessings to you~
Maggie

Susan Struck said...

I definitely need to try these!

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The dB family said...

Yum!! We can't get the Dreamfields noodles here, but I'm off to New Orleans with Murray later this month, so I'll have to see if I can find them then. This will be a HUGE hit with the little ones! Thank you for sharing your fantastic recipes. I should make a board on my Pinterest titled "Pam". :o)

Camille said...

These look SO GOOD!!! I must give them a try. :) Hugs, Camille

Amy said...

Is there any "evidence" of the cottage cheese after it is cooked? My hubby is opposed to it (not allergic) when he can see it. Thanks!

Pam said...

Hi Amy,
You know I don't notice the cottage cheese at all… it is like lasagna… it is nice and creamy, but not at all cottage cheesy. You could use ricotta cheese as an exact replacement if you wanted to… or do both and let him have a bite with the cottage cheese, I think he would still love it, and wouldn't even know it is there.