Yesterday, I fell down the rabbit hole while blog hopping, with one link leading to another, and another, and another. I eventually discovered this recipe for Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie, which ended up becoming tonight’s dinner. I was craving red meat (though what I really want is a juicy, mostly red steak), and the kids will eat most anything pasta-related, so figured this would combine everyone’s needs in a quick and easy dinner. Using mostly pantry ingredients, and less than 30 minutes from start to finish, it’s a hearty, stick to your ribs kind of dinner that should please all the picky eaters around your table. Nick ate most of his, after I convinced him that the mushrooms I added were not, in fact, oysters. Madeline ate a few bites and concentrated on making a spaghetti pie sandwich with her garlic bread.
Thursday? Make-up stuffs.
Friday? The buttery product review, along with the retooling of an old favorite recipe.
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This was Madeline’s. The first concoction was cheese, overly ripe just-good-for-baking-and-pancakes bananas, and water, which I couldn’t even muster a polite bite of. This second one was slightly more palatable. Water, chocolate, marshmallows, strawberries, and lots of l-o-v-e.
She then switched tactics and made these little dessert shots. Sugar high? What sugar high?
Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie
Recipe courtesy of Sugar Pie Farmhouse
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound extra lean ground beef
1/2 pound Italian sausage, 4 links (sweet or hot) casings removed
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
2 cups water
8 ounces spaghetti, broken into 3 inch pieces
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (I used light cream)
4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
Saute green onion in 2 tablespoons olive oil, on medium heat 5 minutes. Add beef and sausage, brown over medium-hi heat. While almost brown, add garlic, pepper flakes, oregano, and parsley. Once browned, stir in crushed tomatoes, water and salt. Add broken spaghetti. Push spaghetti into liquid, and cover for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, stir pasta so the noodles won’t stick together. Reduce heat to medium low simmer for 6 more minutes until pasta is al dente (almost cooked but still a little firm). Add basil, Parmesan cheese, and cream, stir well. Sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese, put in oven to broil until spotty brown. (stand there and keep watch or set a timer for 3 minutes at a time until it’s ready, or else you may end up with Blackened Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie!)