Spaghetti Pie, this is comfort to my very soul. My mom made this for us when I was a child and now I make it for my family. Some people refer to it as Poor Man's Lasagna, but I don't think this is fair. It makes it sound cheap and not-as-good as the real thing. But to me, this is the real thing, true comfort food. After my first 2 babies were born my mom came to Tennessee to help us out and she would make this for dinner and then leave a couple in my freezer for a "I'm pulling my hair out" kind of day. My kids also love it, it's the one meal I'm assured they will eat every time. I also love it because it makes great baby food. Put some in my Cuisinart and voila, baby food for a week.
I just finished making dinner and guess what we'll be having?.....Spaghetti Pie (I really had you stumped didn't I?) Here's the recipe my mom used and now I claim. It's the only thing I make that I don't have to look at the recipe for anymore (I'm not a very experienced cook, but that's a story for another day).
1 lb spaghetti noodles
1 lb ground beef
jar spaghetti sauce
1 c parmesan cheese
24 oz (large tub) cottage cheese
Brown the ground beef with chopped onion. Add spaghetti sauce, let simmer. Boil noodles until tender. Drain noodles and let cool just a bit. Add egg and parmesan cheese to the noodles and mix well. In a 9x13 pan place noodles, spread cottage cheese on top, then sauce mixture. Sprinkle motz cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until bubbly around edges.
Add a salad (or not) and bread and you've got dinner. I'll be making these fabulous rolls tonight. Enjoy!