As I was reviewing this week’s menus I realized that ‘pie’ was attached to four of the meals. As a writer, I realize the importance of word choice. Pie sounds soooo much better than casserole. Would you rather have spaghetti pie or spaghetti casserole??? Last night, I made spaghetti pie. One of our favorite comfort foods. After getting 8 new inches of snow (setting hourly snow fall records and bringing our total up to 125 total inches of snow for the season), my hubby needed some comfort (he drives truck).
What you need….
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
- ½ cup chopped garlic stuffed olives
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 6 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
- 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
What you do….
In a nonstick skillet, cook the turkey, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the olives, oregano, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, sugar and pepper; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the spaghetti, butter, egg whites and Parmesan cheese. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. Top with ricotta cheese and turkey mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and filling is heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.
What are some of your favorite comfort foods??? As there is NO end of winter in sight, I’m in need of some new recipes to add to my winter-blah battle