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Menu Plan for Fall II: Week 13, Wednesday

Spaghetti Pie

Cooking time:  50 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Another retro dish, this was very popular in the late '70's.  This has, as usual, been updated a bit - made healthier.  I used less cheese and added spinach. This should use up the rest of the ricotta.

Spaghetti Pie

Total time: 50 minutes
   This has the flavors of lasagne, but quicker to put together.  You could make it in a spring-form pan and unmold it for a fancier presentation.    

Spaghetti Pie Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 50 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large bowl, large skillet, pot, colander for pasta,
baking dish with lid or foil

Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Put water on high heat for pasta
Thaw spinach
Chop onion
Mince garlic
Sauté onion
Add chili powder, garlic, beef, brown, break up
Cook pasta
Add herbs, vinegar, tomato sauce to beef
Cover, simmer

     Pause while the pasta cooks
Lightly oil baking dish
Whisk egg and 2 tbs ricotta
Drain pasta, toss to cool
Combine pasta, egg, mix well
Pat pasta into baking dish
Arrange spinach on pasta
Arrange ricotta on spinach
Spoon beef sauce over ricotta
Top with Parmesan
Cover, bake
      Take 20 minute break
Back? Uncover Pie, bake 5 minutes longer
Remove, let rest a minute
Cut and serve