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Flash Back Friday ~ Spaghetti Pie

This recipe was very popular when I posted it back in 2012 so I'm posting it again for Flashback Friday. The original post is here. It is simple and satisfying and will serve 6 people generously.

  • 6 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 well beaten eggs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 cup of tomatoes chopped (or canned chopped tomatoes)
  • 1 -6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the spaghetti in salted boiling water, drain.
  3. Stir butter into hot spaghetti. Stir in Parmesan and beaten eggs. Form spaghetti mixture into a "crust" in a buttered 10 inch round baking dish.
  4. Saute the onion and green pepper in a tablespoon of Olive oil until soft and then add the hamburger to the mixture and cook till hamburger is browned. Drain off excess fat. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, oregano and garlic salt. Heat through. Add salt to taste if desired.
  5. Spread cottage cheese over the spaghetti crust in the baking dish. Pour and spread the hamburger mixture over the cottage cheese. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and bake an additional 5 minutes or till cheese melts.
Serves 6-8 depending on appetites.

Here's what I learned from commenters the first time around with this recipe. If you want to use your favorite spaghetti sauce instead of the cup of tomatoes and tomato paste you can substitute 12-14 oz. of sauce. You can use ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese. Add a cup of cheese on top instead of just a 1/2 cup if your family really enjoys melted cheese.


  1. Flash Back Friday has just made my day...thank you
    What a better meal to make at the cottage this weekend,with a tossed salad. Three year old grandson loves pasta,lets see what he thinks of this. Fingers crossed.

  2. I like the look of this very much. Thank you Ellen. Have a great weekend :)

  3. I first had this in the mid-1970s. Loved it then, and I know I will love it again. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Would it work if you made it ahead or froze it?

    1. Hi Alice, I'm not sure since I've never frozen it. If you try doing that, let us know if it works well.

  5. I remember first eating it in the early 1970s. I later made it as an evening meal when my children were home. It is comfort food for sure.

  6. I just recently had leftover spaghetti and sauce and made something similar to this. I think I probably got the idea from seeing your post in 2012. Tastey way to use up some leftovers!!

  7. Thank you Ellen! New way to eat spaghetti! Thanks for sharing it!

  8. OMG! spaghetti is my favorite food! But I have never made a spaghetti pie before. Love this recipe! I will give it a try.

  9. Amazing! I love Spaghetti, but have never eaten Spaghetti pie before. This is something new to me. Good sharing! I will try it

  10. So creative! I will try it for breakfast! I hope it will turn out delicious.

  11. This spaghetti pie looks delicious and yummy. Actually, i have never seen spaghetti pie before even i usually eat spaghetti lol. that's why, I think i will try it out this weekend and hope it is good like you did. You are so creative, thank you for sharing


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