Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

I’ve had to get creative with recipes including sausage lately because we suddenly have a few pounds of it in the freezer. It’s not something I typically buy, but there is a story behind all this extra sausage.

So one night, Justin comes home from a meeting, and I ask how it went, as usual. He proceeds to tell me about the meeting and ends with, “Oh, and I also got 3 pounds of homemade sausage.” My first thought, “Um…. what?!” One of the guys in his networking group has a family tradition of making homemade sausage every year for the holidays. Initially, it was a small family thing, and they would give a bit away to close friends. Over time, more and more people learned about the tradition and wanted to purchase some of their sausages. It has grown so much that, this past year, they made over 400 pounds of Italian sausage! He was selling it to anyone at the meeting who wanted some, so Justin bought two pounds of regular sausage and one pound of spicy.


I found this recipe in the Cooking Light magazine, and we thought it sounded yummy and a great way to use up some of this sausage. The sausage and spinach spaghetti pie is also a great meal to make on a budget since there aren’t any expensive ingredients, and it makes enough for leftovers the next day.

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

The recipe says to start by placing an 8-inch round cake pan in the oven while it preheats to 500 degrees. I’ve never heated a pan on its own before, and I’ve never used the oven at this high of a temperature, so it was all new for me. While the oven heats, cook the pasta as directed, then drain and mix in a large bowl with eggs and toss to coat.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high and add the sausage, cooking for a few minutes until it is cooked through. I find it easiest to either use your hands to break up the sausage before adding it to the pan or use the kitchen shears to cut it into bite-sized pieces.

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

Once the sausage is cooked, add the tomato, onion, and spinach. Cook this for about 7-10 minutes or until the liquid in the pan has evaporated and the spinach has wilted.

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

Combine the sausage with the pasta mixture in the large bowl. Add salt and pepper as well as 1/2 cup of Italian blend cheese. Stir it all together until it is mixed well.

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

Carefully remove the cake pan from the oven and spray with cooking spray. Fill the pan with the sausage and pasta mixture and top with remaining 1/4 cup of cheese (or more if you are like me and like a lot of cheese).

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

Bake for about 5-10 minutes at 500, until the cheese is melted and starts to brown. Cut into wedges to serve.

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie


Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Servings: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz spaghetti uncooked
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 oz italian sausage
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 5 oz spinach leaves
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup Italian blend cheese shredded
Instructions
  1. Place an 8-inch round baking pan in the oven and preheat to 500 with pan inside

  2. Cook pasta as directed until almost done

  3. Drain pasta, add to a mixing bowl, and toss with the eggs

  4. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet then add sausage, breaking it up as you add it, and cooking until done

  5. Add the tomato, onion, and spinach to the pan

  6. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, until the spinach has wilted and liquid is almost completely evaporated

  7. Remove sausage from heat and combine in the large bowl with the pasta

  8. Stir in the salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup of the cheese and mix thoroughly

  9. Carefully remove the pan from the oven, coat with cooking spray, and fill with the pasta and sausage mixture

  10. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese over the pasta and bake at 500 for about 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starts to brown

  11. Remove from the oven and cut into wedges to serve

Recipe Notes

Src: Cooking Light magazine October 2016

Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

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15 thoughts on “Warm and Hearty Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

  1. So this looks absolutely BOMB! I really want to try and make it with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles since I can’t eat the real deal. I mean, who DOESNT like sausage – except for the obvious vegans, LOL!

  2. I have made spaghetti pie once before. I do like the addition of spinach though. I like spinach though. My kids don’t eat spaghetti sauce so I still wouldnt be able to snear veggies in with this method.

  3. Spaghetti in a baking pan sounds so interesting and I think I’ll have to buy a pan to try it! I love homemade sausage, it’s definitely one of my favorite things to find.

  4. Yum, this Warm and Hearty Sausage Spinach Spaghetti Pie sounds amazing. I’m sure my husband would enjoy this for sure.

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