Spaghetti (Squash) Pie

CarbsPerServing:44

Effort:Easy

Ingredients:

3 cups spaghetti squash — cooked, strands

1 egg — beaten

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon butter — melted

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 egg — beaten

1/2 pound ground beef — or bulk Italian Sausage

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup green pepper — chopped 2 small cans tomato sauce

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano — crushed

1/2 teaspoon dried basil — crushed

1 teaspoon dried parsley — crushed

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

How to Prepare:

Mix squash, 1 egg Parmesan Cheese and butter well. Press evenly into a 9″ pie plate to form crust.Mix Ricotta and 1 egg and spread evenly over squash mixture in pie plate.In large skillet, brown meat with onion and green pepper. Drain off excess fat. Add tomato sauce and spices. Simmer a few minutes, then spoon over Ricotta mixture in pie plate.Bake at 350 for approximately 15 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella over top, then bake an additional 5 Ð 10 minutes to melt cheese and set crust. Let sit 5 Ð 10 minutes before cutting.

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Wondering about spaghetti squash?

It is a sorta football-shaped squash, fairly large and quite yellow in color. Cut it in half lengthwise (it is pretty hard to cut-be careful!) and scoop out the seeds in the middle.To oven bake, place in a baking pan, cut side down, with 1″ water. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes (until its somewhat soft). To microwave bake, place in glass pan, cut sidedown, with 1″ water and nuke on med-high for at least 10 minutes (until somewhat soft).After cooking, use a fork to remove the pulp from the rind-it’ll come out in spaghetti-like strands.The smallest one I’ve ever bought yielded 3 c. strands. Larger ones may yield 3 c. per half of the squash!