I really love spaghetti pie – it’s kind of like simple lasagna in a way. My mom used to make it when I was a kid, and her recipe was the basis for this one. Making your own ricotta cheese will really boost the flavor profile in an amazing way – I highly recommend it.
- 1/2c Thrive Tomato Powder
- 1T Thrive Freeze Dried Onions
- 1T Thrive Carrot Dices
- 1T Thrive Freeze Dried Celery
- 1T Thrive Red & Green Bell Peppers
- 1/2t Garlic Powder
- 1T Italian Seasonings
- 1/2t Thrive White Sugar
- 2c Hot Water
- 1/2lb Spaghetti
- 1c Thrive Freeze Dried Ground Beef, rehydrated
- 1 Recipe Homemade Ricotta
- 1 1/2c Thrive Freeze Dried Mozzarella Cheese, rehydrated and divided
- 1/2c Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tomato powder, onions, carrots, celery, peppers, garlic, Italian seasonings, sugar and water. Stir well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, rehydrated ground beef, ricotta cheese, 3/4c mozzarella and 1/4c parmesan. Pour into greased pie plate. Top with marinara sauce, remaining 3/4c mozzarella and 1/4c parmesan. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve hot with crusty garlic bread.
Homemade Ricotta Cheese from Thrive Milk
- 8c Water
- 1 1/2c Thrive Instant Milk
- 3T Vinegar
- 1/2t Salt
Combine water, milk and salt in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring frequently to prevent the milk from scalding. As soon as the milk begins to boil, turn the stove off and stir in the vinegar. Stir for one minute, cover and set aside. Your ricotta will be ready in as little as 30 minutes, but it will be tastier if you can give it a full 2 hours. After it rests, strain it through a fine mesh strainer (lined with cheesecloth if you have it). If you prefer a dry ricotta, leave it to drain for up to thirty minutes.
Store your fresh ricotta in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Source: Misty at Your Own Home Store.