Use your muffin pan to make these mini veggie loaded spaghetti pies – sure to be a new kid and family favorite!
Today’s post is being brought to you by the letter S.
As in Spaghetti and Sesame Street.
One of my most favorite kids’ cookbooks from early on has been C is For Cooking: Recipes From the Street. And just like anything Sesame Street touches, it’s fantastic all around. It was actually authored by a dietitian (#bonus), the pages are colorful, there’s a variety of recipes and the dishes really taste great.Use your muffin tin to make Mini Spaghetti Pizza Pies via @tspbasil #thereciperedux Click To Tweet
My daughter has poured through the book so many times since she was a toddler, that I bought a second copy because the first was destroyed (even at 8 1/2 years old, she still gets a kick out of it and we still cook from it.)
So, when we announced this month’s Recipe ReDux theme:
7-Ingredient (Or Less) Recipes
It’s Income Tax Season, so our brains could use some easy arithmetic; as in seven-ingredient-or-less recipes. Show us the healthy, no-brainer dish you fix for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
I thought of Big Bird’s Spaghetti Pie recipe – one of the cookbook’s recipes we’ve made often over the years when there was no meal plan and I had to do dinner quickly.
I took several liberties with the original dish to edit it to fit the 7-Ingredient criteria and turn it into our own recipe:
- Going mini (great way to portion control)
- Adding beans to the sauce (fiber boost)
- Cutting back on some of the cheese
- Adding favorite veggies to the ricotta mixture
Dare I say I like this version even better than the original? You can easily make half of the pies with one vegetable and half with another – depending each family members’ favorite veggie pizza toppings (I did half mushroom and half spinach for my crew.)
Think of this 7-ingredient recipe as a template – you could certainly add different veggies, swap in your favorite cheeses, etc. Use the vegetables you typically like on your favorite pizza or lasagna dish. More variations:
- Add chopped broccoli, olives or roasted sweet peppers to the ricotta mixture
- Add extra tomatoes, shredded carrots or grated zucchini to the sauce
- Top with shredded mozzarella or Cheddar instead
What veggies would you add to these mini pies? What’s your favorite 7-Ingredient-Or-Less Meal? Check out all the short list recipes from fellow ReDuxers below: