In researching what to do with leftover spaghetti noodles, I happened on a recipe that was called spaghetti pie. It is very strange sounding, but it ends up being good enough that more than once we’ve made noodles explicitly to make spaghetti pie (rather than just using leftovers).
My version of it has morphed a bit since the original recipe. My childhood self would probably be mortified, and definitely wouldn’t have eaten it. To me, the fried noodle part tastes like the best part of rice-a-roni. I use whatever leftovers and cheese I have on hand, so it’s a little different each time. We use whole wheat spaghetti noodles, although I’ve also done it with regular.
- Cooked spaghetti noodles. I use last night’s leftovers.
- Small amount of minced onion, maybe 1/4 cup or so.
- 2-3 cloves minced garlic
- Salt and pepper
- Small amount of shredded or crumbled cheese. About 1/2 cup, more or less to taste. I often use cheddar.
- 2-4 eggs, depending on amount of spaghetti and mood.
- Chopped up bits of things you might want to use up: leftover asparagus from the night before, black olives, peppers, parsley, really anything is good in this.
- Heat skillet on medium-high for a few minutes. I use a cast-iron, which works perfectly.
- Using your hands, crack eggs over spaghetti noodles and mix well.
- Put half the spaghetti-egg mixture into the skillet, pressing it sort of flat.
- Cover skillet-spaghetti with rest of ingredients, cheese on top.
- Top with the rest of the spaghetti-egg mixture.
- Fry until the side on the skillet is nicely browned. If it’s undercooked, it’s fine, but boring. Flip spaghetti pie to brown the other side. I do this by putting a plate over the skillet, flipping it up onto the plate (over a cutting board). I find if anyone is watching me while I do this, it is really awkward with my 12″ cast-iron skillet. If no one is watching, it’s actually super easy.
- When both sides are neatly browned, put the pie on the cutting board and cut it into slices just like a pizza. Mmmm.
Weird, yes. Super yummy, also yes. Sometimes it’s my hangover food.
What’s the weirdest recipe you’ve recently found and enjoyed?