Frugal Food
Blogging about feeding my family of six without spending a fortune. You won't find fancy foods like beef wellington or chicken carbonara (most of the time), but you will find really good food eaten by an actual real family, with real activities and really picky children.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Spaghetti Pie
12oz box spaghetti (33c)
1 egg (6c)
1/3 C grated parmesan cheese (50c)

1/2 lb lean ground beef (80c)
1/2 C chopped green pepper (15c)
1/4 C chopped onion (10c)
1 (26oz) jar spaghetti sauce (69c)

1 C ricotta cheese ($1.50)
1 C shredded mozzarella ($1.20)
Total Cost: $5.43
Cost per serving (8 servings): 68c

Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on pkg. Drain.Meanwhile, heat oven to 350*. Spray 9 1/2-inch deep dish glass pie pan w/ nonstick cooking spray. Beat egg in large bowl. Stir in parmesan cheese. Add cooked pasta; toss to coat/ Spoon mixture evenly into sprayed pie pan, pushing mixture up sides of pan to form crust.In large skillet, cook ground beef, bell pepper, onion over medium high heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Spoon evenly into pasta-lined pie pan.In small bowl, combine topping ingredients; mix well. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoons over filling. Bake 350* for 25-30 min or until pie is thoroughly heated and crust is light golden brown. Let stand 10 mins. Cut into wedges to serve.
8 servings

You could toss in some breadsticks made with the Homemade Yeast Rolls recipe. Just add some Italian seasoning & garlic powder to the dough (before adding in the flour) and instead of shaping into rolls, shape them into breadsticks. Bake a little shorter time at the same temp, maybe sprinkle with a little bit of parmesan cheese. Only bumps the cost per serving by 7 cents per serving :)
posted by Heather @ 10:24 AM  
  • At April 09, 2006 3:14 PM, Anonymous Laurie Flanagan said…

    I looked through several recipes. I picked yours. Sounds Great!
    Any suggestions for a "finger food" to bring to a work retirement party? Thanks, Laurie

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