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Spaghetti Pie Recipe – Quick and Easy Comfort Food

Spaghetti Pie Recipe has a thick bottom layer of pasta with layers of topped creamy filling, and meat sauce under a thick layer of mozzarella. It’s quick and easy comfort food.

A pie plate full of spaghetti pie and baked brown. It's sitting on a cooling rack next to a green napkin and pie server.

My household relies on easy-to-make meals that can be created in a jiffy. Baked Spaghetti Pie is a lifeline in my household!

Spaghetti Pie checks off all of my requirements:

  • Quick and easy
  • Minimal ingredients
  • Leftovers – using or creating
  • Delicious – always

There’s a video in the recipe card below showing how easy Spaghetti Pie is to make!

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Pie Recipe
Quick and Easy Spaghetti Pie Recipe

Those are my requirements. If you ask John, he has to have his occasional (ok daily) infusion of carbs. I married an Italian/Irish boy and the Italian side rules his appetite.

That being said, I routinely rely on recipes with pasta. When I started making this easy spaghetti pie, John couldn’t get enough of it. It’s versatile enough to mix up the ingredients so we don’t get bored with it.

This dish definitely comes under the comfort food category which I usually think of as cold-weather food. Or food that I can eat and hide behind a humongous sweater.

Baked Spaghetti Pie is a dish that we make all year long. I love that it makes a thick hearty serving so I usually have leftovers for lunch or another meal during the week.

Ways to make this Easy Spaghetti Pie Recipe your own.

  • Make it vegetarian – just skip the meat altogether.
  • Add the vegetables that you like to the creamy filling.
  • Use a jarred spaghetti sauce if you don’t have a stash of homemade in the freezer.
  • Use leftover spaghetti noodles.
  • Exchange spaghetti for angel hair, fettuccine, or vermicelli.
  • Try Pecorino or Provolone cheese instead of Mozzarella. You don’t have to grate or slice your own. Buy grated to speed up the dish.

Tips to make the perfect pasta:

  • When you cook pasta, cook the entire package even if your recipe doesn’t require that much. Freeze the remaining “naked” pasta for recipes such as this. Let the noodles that at room temperature. To reheat, just run hot water over the noodles. There’s no need to cook them any further.
  • Undercook pasta by 1 or 2 minutes according to package directions when you plan to bake them or cover them with hot sauce. This will keep them from getting mushy or pasty.
  • Don’t add oil to your cooking water. You may think it keeps your pasta from sticking together but what it actually does is seal your pasta and keep it from absorbing flavors from your other ingredients.
  • Salt the water after it begins to boil. If you do so before boiling, the salt can pit your cookware.
    • Salting the water is a must. It’s your only opportunity to season the noodles prior to cooking them.
  • Don’t throw out the pasta water until after your recipe is complete. Sauces can be thinned without becoming runny and noodles can be reheated with pasta water. Besides, it’s already seasoned!

I rely on pasta water to make our Creamy Shrimp Pasta with Tomato & Spinach and Bucatini Cacio e Pepe with Proscuitto.

A pie plate with baked spaghetti pie with a cut piece removed showing layers of pasta, meat sauce and mozzarella.

You might need:

  • Pasta Cooker – I like using a pasta cooker because it allows me to cook pasta with less water and drain my pasta without losing my pasta water. I use the pot by itself when I need a large pot too.
  • Box Grater – I shred my own cheese. I think the cheese is fresher, doesn’t contain anti-clumping agents, and is more cost-effective.
  • Pie Plate – I’ve got several pie plates but I find myself returning to this simple scalloped plate. It shows off my baked items and is very reasonable.

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Close up of a slice of spaghetti pie showing layers of pasta and sauce topped with mozzarella and baked brown sitting on a white plate.

Spaghetti Pie Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Spaghetti Pie Recipe is an easy weeknight meal that has a thick layer of pasta, creamy filling, meat sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. It's quick to make and delicious!
4.82 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword: Spaghetti pie
Servings: 8


  • 6 oz spaghetti noodles cooked
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms fresh
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 lb Italian sausage may use ground beef
  • 6 oz tomato paste can
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese sliced or grated
  • Herbs or fresh garlic *optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F and spray a 10" pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Break spaghetti in half. Cook in boiling salted water until 1 to 2 minutes before done according to package directions.
  • In a skillet, melt the butter and add green pepper and onion. Saute until they just start to soften. Remove the vegetables to a small bowl and set aside to cool slightly. Add the sour cream to the vegetables and stir to combine.
  • **In the same skillet as you used on the vegetables, brown the meat. Drain. Add tomato paste and water. You can also add garlic or herbs to this sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes without a lid covering the pan.


  • Combine cooked and drained noodles, eggs, and parmesan cheese in a bowl. Pour the noodle mixture into the bottom of the pie plate. Build the edges up the sides of the plate as you would a pie crust. Spread the sour cream mixture over the spaghetti, followed by the meat sauce.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle the top with mozzarella and return to the oven until the cheese melts.



*You can add herbs or garlic to the tomato sauce if desired.
**You will not need to complete the step to brown meat and add tomato paste if you are using purchased or homemade spaghetti sauce.


Calories: 448kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 18gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 788mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 788IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 169mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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What’s your favorite easy go-to weeknight meal? Please leave me a comment below! You are my inspiration!

Recipe Rating

Toni Anderson

Tuesday 26th of December 2023

I actually found this exact recipe in a lady's magazine, over 50 years ago. It has been a favorite of mine, ever since. There are other versions on the net, but they don't compare with this one. If you haven't tried it, do yourself a favor and do!!

Julie Menghini

Friday 29th of December 2023

Thank you so much Toni! These tried and true recipes are keepers.


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

Still one of my favorite weeknight dinners! We all enjoy it --- and fight over who get's the leftovers for the next day! Thank you !

Julie Menghini

Thursday 5th of September 2019

Thanks, Michele! It's easy for a weeknight dinner!

Michaela Kenkel

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

I can see why this is a lifeline in your family!! This recipe came at such a good time for me! My kids have something every single night!! This recipe is quick and a total keeper!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 5th of September 2019

Thank you Michaela! It's definitely a family favorite!


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

this is my idea of SERIOUS comfort food. My family DEVOURED this in no time flat. Definitely a keeper.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 5th of September 2019

Thank you, Kylee!

jennifer stewart

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

I made this and it was scarfed down in no time! Now I need to make more because that is all they are requesting!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 5th of September 2019

Thanks Jen! We loved this one too!

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