One of my very favorite meals growing up was New York Spaghetti Pie.
It was something special ~ really special ~ only once in a blue moon were we treated with this savory pie surprise.
I will always remember it as New York Spaghetti Pie. But now, as an adult, fully capable of reading and investigating the origin of the recipe, I find myself wondering why…
Where in the world did my brain create the memory of the “New York” addition to the title?
You see, this fond memory of a meal was part of the Junior League of Colorado cookbook, Colorado Cache. This book has been around since 1978!
And nowhere, that’s right, NOWHERE in the cookbook do the words “New York” appear.
Hmm…what is this about.
But I do know for sure, this hearty pie is downright amazing.
Of course, my version is adapted from the original recipe.
It’s just as good, if not better, I surmise.
New York Spaghetti Pie, Oh My!
8 oz. spaghetti
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, grated (and divided in half)
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
sea salt and pepper
1 lb. King Soopers Italian sausage**
1 1/2 cups Muir Glen pasta sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add the egg, 1/2 the cheese, and sour cream. Stir well and set aside.
Heat the oil in the pot over medium heat. Add the onion and pepper, as well as any salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the onion is translucent.
Add the sausage and continue cooking and stirring, breaking up the sausage into small pieces with the back of a wooden spoon.
Once the sausage is cooked through, add the pasta sauce.
Transfer the pasta mixture to a DEEP dish pie plate of some sort. Pour the sausage mixture on top and evenly spread. Top with remaining cheese.
Bake for about 20 minutes, until the cheese has melted and is golden brown.
Just like soup, this is best served the next day, reheated in the oven.
You’re absolutely crazy if you don’t fall in love with this. Crazy!
In fact, there is no one on the face of the earth who does not love this pie.
**This is very important. My mother taught me well. There is something magical about King Soopers flavor recipe (aka City Market or Kroger). The fennel, the red pepper…who knows. But, it’s simply not the same without it. And, Muir Glen is absolutely my very favorite brand of pasta sauce – any variety.