We were on our way to church yesterday, when one of my kids decided it was time to get sick – so home I went with sick kid and then had to figure out what to make for dinner – I had ground beef, onions, roasted peppers, ricotta cheese, and spaghetti- so I could make this dish. I even had enough filling to make another one for a neighbor that just moved into the house next door. She was appreciative.
Some changes that could me made are using Italian sausage instead of the ground beef, adding more spaghetti sauce to keep it moist. It had good flavor and we will make it again. Enjoy!
adapted from allrecipes
- 8 oz Spaghetti, cooked (I used Angel Hair)
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 lb ground beef (or Italian Sausage, Turkey sausage)
- 1/4 cup chopped pepper (or roasted peppers from a jar)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 – 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce (next time)
- 1 cup ricotta cheese (originally cottage cheese)
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and place in the bottom of a 10″ pie dish. While the pasta is still hot stir in the 2 Tbsp butter, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese and 2 eggs and combine. I would also stir in 1 cup of spaghetti sauce into the pasta after you combine the egg, Parmesan and butter with the spaghetti.
Cook the ground beef or Italian Sausage in a large skillet with the chopped peppers, onions and cook until the meat is browned. Drain the fat. Add minced garlic, salt, pepper, dried oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes; cook mixture for another two minutes. Add can of diced tomatoes and tomato paste as well as remaining 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce. Heat the mixture through.
Dollop the spaghetti in the pie pan with ricotta (or cottage cheese) and spread out over the pasta. Top with meat mixture. Sprinkle the top with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
Bake in a preheated oven, at 350F for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy with a green salad and garlic rolls.