My parents got divorced when I was in 5th grade. Since that put my dad in the position of cooking dinner a few nights a week he had to build up his culinary repertoire. It is from that time period that I have my first memories of the heavenly concoction that is Spaghetti Pizza Bake. I remember eating it at my dad's first (post-divorce) apartment. I also remember lots of greenbean casserole topped with tatertots from that kitchen, too. Those became his specialties--at least in my mind.
ask him for the recipe. We've successfully enjoyed it loads of times since. It is just as good as I remember. Like pizza and spaghetti had a beautiful and super tasty baby. Of course, I am an admitted pizza freak so take that bias into account.
My dad got the recipe from one of those church and/or community cookbooks and it is as vague as all get-out. Here, I'll show it to you.
|I love all the splatters on this page of my dad's cookbook. Testament to how tried-and-true this recipe is, I think!|
Spaghetti Pizza Bake
8 ounces dried spaghetti
12 ounces pizza sauce/marinara
2 T Ener-G egg replacement powder
1 C water
Pizza toppings, as desired
- Cook spaghetti noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
- Make "egg" foam by combining the Ener-G powder and the water in a small saucepan over medium-high. Whisk until it starts to thicken, about two minutes. It should fluff up to 1 1/2 times the original size.
- Place the cooked noodles into a lightly greased casserole dish. We use an oval shaped pan that is roughly 9 inches by 13 inches. Keep in mind that the size of the pan with dictate the depth of the pizza. Deep dish is fine. Thin crust is also fine.
- Pour the "egg" mixture over the noodles. This will hold them together as the crust. Try to spread it out evenly, which may take using a spatuala, ideally covering all the way around the edges of the pan.
- Spread sauce over top of the noodles.
- Add the various pizza toppings, including cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
- Let set for five minutes to firm up before serving.