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Spaghetti Pie Recipe

Spaghetti Pie Recipe

A classic Italian combination is remade into a creamy, family-pleasing casserole in this quick and easy dish. "This recipe was given to me several years ago," notes Ellen Thompson from Springfield, Ohio. "My family never grows tired of it."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup undrained canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook spaghetti according to package directions for al dente; drain.
  • 2. In a nonstick skillet, cook beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, seasonings and sugar.
  • 3. Place drained spaghetti in a large bowl; add beaten egg whites, melted butter and Parmesan cheese and toss to combine. Transfer to a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate coated with cooking spray, pressing spaghetti onto bottom and up sides. Spread cottage cheese onto bottom; top with beef mixture.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 348 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 690 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.