One of my favorite Pinterest recipes comes from A Muse in My Kitchen’s Spaghetti Pie. It’s something I’ve made several times and our 6 year old son loves it. Anything that gets him to eat is good in my book. That version is a meatless one and I’ve been wanting to try adding sausage to it. I bought ground Italian sausage and mixed it with the spaghetti sauce and used radiatore pasta instead of spaghetti so it would be easy for our 1 year old daughter to pick up.
1 lb. of ground meat (I used Italian Sausage)
4 1/2 cups of pasta
2 tbsp. butter
⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, well beaten
12 oz. cottage cheese
4 cups of spaghetti sauce
½ cup mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 10-inch pie pan. Brown ground meat until done. Cook and drain pasta according according to directions. Stir butter into hot pasta. Add Parmesan cheese and eggs. Form pasta into a crust in the pie pan. Spread cottage cheese over pasta crust. Mixed 3 cups of spaghetti sauce with ground meat and top cottage cheese with meat mixture. Add another cup of spahetti sauce on top of meat mixture. Bake, uncovered for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and bake for 5 more minutes.
Surprisingly enough both kids ate quite a bit of it. So it was a big hit. I served it with a salad and some green beans. I also think that pepperoni would also be a good meat to add.
Sliced Stromboli with Sauce
A Stromboli is a delicious Italian stuffed bread similar to a calzone but in a loaf shape. Basically being an inside out pizza with the sauce on the outside means the sky is the limit for customization here. I have gone ahead and made a more traditional Stromboli with Italian meats and cheese but pretty much anything you can imagine can be stuffed into one of these.
As I post recipes you will soon discover I am not much for exact measurements. I feel they limit creativity and keep the cook from tasting as you go which is the only way to tell if something is seasoned enough for your liking. I will try to guesstimate my measurements as best I can if I feel they are needed.
For this Stromboli I started out by making Alton Brown’s pizza dough (as shown in the beginning of this recipe) but any pizza or Italian bread recipe can be used or, to make it ever simpler, store bought dough would work just fine.
Pizza Dough (Home Made or Store Bought)
Mozzarella Cheese (sliced)
Red Onion (Sliced)
Bell Pepper (Sliced)
Sliced Black Olives
Egg mixed with a little water (for egg wash)
Roll out dough until it is a thin, even thickness (it will make two). Then begin to layer the meats, veggies, and cheese onto the dough. Roll the dough up into a loaf shape. Place loaves onto a baking sheet or peel then brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cut three slits on top of loaves and place into a 450 degree oven until golden brown about 20 minutes.
Ready to be rolled