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Spinach-Beef Spaghetti Pie Recipe

Spinach-Beef Spaghetti Pie Recipe

With its angel hair pasta crust, this cheesy ground beef, tomato and spinach pie is always a hit when I serve it. Each neat slice has layers of pasta, cream cheese filling and spinach topping. —Carol Hicks Pensacola, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Add eggs and Parmesan cheese. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • 3. Between two pieces of waxed paper, roll out cream cheese into a 7-in. circle. Place in crust. Top with spinach and meat sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes or until set. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Editor's Note: The following spices may be substituted for 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning: 1/4 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder and paprika; and a pinch each of dried thyme, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 377 calories, 21 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 130 mg cholesterol, 544 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 22 g protein.