Cheese-topped spaghetti & meatball pie



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This baked pasta dish, made with meatballs in a nest of cheesy spaghetti, is far easier to assemble than a multi-layered lasagna, and a lot of fun to eat. It makes great use of leftover spaghetti and can be streamlined with frozen meatballs directly from the freezer. Make it a triple whammy of cheese with a layer of cottage cheese or ricotta between the pasta and toppings 

Ingredients:

1/2 lb (250 g) dry spaghetti 
2 large eggs 
1/2 cup (125 ml) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided 
1/2 lb (250 g) lean ground beef or bison 
1 tbsp (15 ml) butter or olive oil 
1 cup (250 ml) cottage cheese or ricotta 
2 cups (500 ml) tomato sauce 
1 cup (250 ml) grated mozzarella, Havarti, Friulano, Edam, provolone, white cheddar or other meltable cheese 

Directions:

1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta according to the package directions. 
2. In a small bowl, stir one of the eggs and half the Parmesan cheese together with a fork. Drain the pasta well, cool it slightly and toss with the egg mixture. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a buttered pie plate. If you like, spread with cottage cheese or ricotta. 
3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F and mix the ground beef, one of the eggs and half the Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl. 
4. Season with salt and pepper and roll into 1-inch balls; place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Turn the heat down to 350°F. 
5. Scatter the meatballs over the spaghetti and pour the tomato sauce overtop. Sprinkle with mozzarella and bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly and golden. Serve immediately. 
Serves 4-6. 

Per serving (cut into 6 wedges): 

362 calories, 11 g fat (6.3 g saturated fat, 3.7 g monounsaturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat), 111 mg cholesterol, 34.5 g carbohydrate, 28.7 g protein, 2.4 g fibre

Originally published in ParentsCanada, April 2012

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