Sunday, November 6, 2011

Not Your Ordinary Spaghetti

Today's dish I'm sharing with you is a spaghetti dish that I make about 2-3 times a month.  I think it's pretty common that most families have a "spaghetti night"  regularly because it is usually a cheap meal and can yield enough leftovers to last another night.  According to my husband, I "can never do anything 'regular'"--and I guess the same goes for our "spaghetti night" dish. haha  I'm just not a big fan of regular old spaghetti.  I found this dish on one of my favorite recipe sites and it's been in my repertoire ever since.  It's really just dressed up spaghetti & meat sauce.  Enjoy!


2 ounces uncooked spaghetti, broken in
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
1/3 cup tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. In a bowl, combine the egg, Parmesan cheese and spaghetti. Press spaghetti mixture onto the bottom and up sides of a greased shallow 2-cup baking dish or 7-in. pie plate. Spread with sour cream.
2. Crumble turkey into a skillet; add the pepper, onion and butter. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, garlic salt, oregano, salt and pepper. Spoon into spaghetti crust. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover edges loosely with foil. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Tips & Mods:

- Skip the whole sauce making and just use 2/3 jar of Ragu sauce.  I use the sauteed onion & garlic flavor.

- I also add about a teaspoon of sugar to the the turkey & sauce.  It cuts some of the "sharp" taste that tomato sauce can have.

- Sometimes I add hot pepper flakes for a little kick, if I know that my son won't be eating it--which he usually doesn't. He'd rather have PB & J or hot dog. *sigh*

- I always use whole wheat pasta.  It's like quadruple the fiber and it doesn't taste any different from regular pasta.  Before it's cooked, it looks slightly brown, but once cooked it pretty much takes on the color of regular pasta.

- I use a lot more cheese than is listed.  I use about a cup of parmesan in the pasta, and I COVER the dish in mozzarella.


  1. i'm so hungry now! it looks very delicious. :)

  2. Yum!!! This also looks and sounds like a quick "lasagna" if you will.

  3. Wow! I love this spaghetti remix! Can't wait to try it next month. We just had my hubby's delicious lasagna last week. almost 2 yr old won't eat our spaghetti anymore and now is in love with hot dogs. Deep sigh.

  4. Looks good!!! Kinda like my mom's spaghetti casserole!!!

  5. This looks really good and yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!! :)

  6. Thanks for sharing!! Can't wait to give it a try.

  7. This looks yummy. I might try to make this next week.

  8. looks yummy! Definitely trying this

  9. that looks deelish!!! Pass a plate this way!

  10. looks yummy...I have not seen ground turkey here but I could use ground chicken. I may have to give this a try!

  11. Thanks Nik! I tried the spagetti pie tonight and it was De-Li-Cious!!! Mmmm, finger licking good.

  12. Hi Nik,
    I'm a big fan, but you are going to have to start a sister blog explaining how you can enjoy food like this and maintain your sleek physique!

    Life in a Shoe

  13. Omg, I made this Spaghetti remix dish last night...soooo simple to make and soooo yummy. Took some to lunch and having some left-overs for dinner tonight. Thank you so much for sharing this! And it took me less than 45 minutes to make it! :)

  14. I made this and it came out great!

  15. Saw this on pinterest. Made it. Sooo freaking good! Will prolly never make spaghetti the regular way again. (I think its healthier too).


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