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Spaghetti Pie with Meat Crust

Spaghetti Pie with Meat Crust. Rich, savory spaghetti over dense, flavorful meat crust. Sprinkled with gooey cheese on top. Every bite a bit of happiness.

Who’s ready for a twist on a classic? Today we’re taking spaghetti, pizza and pie, and combining them into one beautiful, glorious dish. More easily recognized as Spaghetti Pie with Meat Crust; you get the best of both worlds one easily enjoyable slice of bliss.

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I admit I can’t take full credit for this type of recipe. There has been some of these floating around in the food blog world, and I just HAD to try it. Some recipes suggest you make spaghetti and mix with egg and bake as a casserole in a pie dish. This Spaghetti Pie recipe takes it to a whole new level. Just look at that meat crust below.

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The ground beef you often find in the spaghetti is morphed into a meat crust. Yep you read that right. Now you get rich, savory chewy spaghetti over a dense, flavorful meaty crust. The contrast in texture and bold flavor is absolutely divine! Sprinkle with gooey cheese on top and get ready for that bite of happiness.

Cooking Tips: Using fennel seeds in Italian cooking

Fennel seeds are the main ingredient that give Italian sausage its unique flavor. This is my preferred choice when making lasagnas, spaghetti or any Italian dish with meat. If you don’t have any sausage on hand, or want to use more affordable beef instead, add some fennel seeds. About 1–2 teaspoons per pound is all you need. Add it while you are cooking the beef.

Spaghetti Pie - www.platingpixels.comI shot this in natural light at 1/80 sec, f/ 2.8, ISO 1600. I was lucky to get some photographs the looked like the dish was still neatly intact. This pie, like any others with a filling, can tend to ooze out once you cut slices. A couple tips to help with this: You can prep your camera setup so you’re ready to shoot with correct setting, cut a slice, and photography quickly. Or you can chill the dish to firm it up, then slice and photography with more time. I went with the first options so I could eat and enjoy the dish right away.

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Spaghetti Pie

Products used in this dish:

Cuisinart Chef’s Classic 12-Quart Pot
Pyrex Easy Grab 9.5 Inch Pie Plate
Commercial Quality Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set
OXO SoftWorks Can Opener

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Spaghetti Pie with Meat Crust

Rich, savory chewy spaghetti over a dense, flavorful meat crust. Sprinkled with gooey cheese on top. Every bite is a bit of happiness.
Course Pie
Cuisine American
Keyword easy spaghetti meat pie, easy spaghetti pie, spaghetti pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Calories 228kcal
Servings 8
Author: Matt Ivan
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  • 1 5-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 ounces uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 8-ounce can pizza or marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • preheat oven to 350 F. In medium bowl, combine first 7 ingredients through fennel seeds. Add ground beef and mix well. Evenly press mixture into bottom and up sides of an ungreased 9-inch pie pan. Baked uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or until meat is browned and reaches internal temperature of 160 F. Remove from oven and carefully tilt to drain off excess fat, set crust aside.
  • While meat crust is baking you can start noodles. Cook according to package directions, until just tender. Drain and return to pan. Stir in egg and Parmesan until evenly coated.
  • Spread half of pizza sauce onto bottom of cooked meat crust. Top with 1/2 cup mozzarella then all of spaghetti mixture. Top with remaining pizza sauce and mozzarella. Bake uncovered for an additional 15-20 minutes at 350, until heated through and cheese is melted. Remove and let stand 10-15 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti Pie with Meat Crust
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 523mg23%
Potassium 285mg8%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 143mg14%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    1. Thanks Valentina! I had been wanting to make a spaghetti pie forever as well. The meat crust makes it so much more fun and unique. Thanks for pinning!

    1. Hi Selena! Thanks for the comment. This is a great recipe for prepping and leftovers. You get about 8 slices, so Olia and I got 4 shared meals just out of this one recipe.

    1. Thanks Jorge! I really appreciate the compliment. Food photography, like any skill, is a constant learning process. So thanks for the feedback.

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