Sunday, July 02, 2006

Vinny's Spaghetti Pie

I had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner one night and had some left over spaghetti in the fridge. That same night I was watching Sara's Secrets on the Food Network and she had the actor Vinny Vella (Soprano's, Analyze That, Casino, etc.) on as a guest cook. He made a gravy, meatballs, sausage and a spaghetti pie. The timing could'nt have been better.

I had all the ingredients I needed to make it so I went for it. Here's the Recipe...

1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch freshly chopped parsley leaves
4 eggs
Olive oil, as needed
1/4 clove garlic, cut into razor thin slices
1/2 pound leftover cooked spaghetti (with tomato sauce clinging to it)
Whisk together the milk, Parmesan, salt, pepper, parsley, and eggs.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a little olive oil. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant. Add the leftover spaghetti, pour over the egg mixture, and cook, without stirring, until the bottom is browned, about 5 minutes.

To flip the pie, set a plate the size of the skillet on top. Invert the skillet so the pie falls on to the plate. Invert the pie onto another plate, cooked-side up. Return the skillet to the medium-high heat, add a little more oil, and slip in the pie. Continue cooking until the bottom is browned, about 5 minutes more.

Transfer the pie to a plate, cut into wedges, and serve.

I love turning left overs into a completely new dinner. This recipe was pretty good. By frying the spaghetti, a crust forms and that's my favorite part. YUM!

Do you like left overs? Or do you use them to come up with a new dish?


The Cookbook Junkie said...

We rarely have leftovers (that's mostly my husband's fault!). If we do, it's usually just enough for me to have for breakfast or lunch the next day. If I do happen to have a lot of leftovers, something like lasagne, I freeze them for the weekends since I don't do a lot of cooking on the weekends.

Spaghetti Pie is a recipe I want to try out of the Entertaining With The Sopranos cookbook.

Sexy Lexi said...

Mmmm...this looks yummy! I'm such a sucker for cold pizza or leftover pasta.

Unknown said...

Being that I live alone, I am REQUIRED to like leftovers! Sometimes I eat them as is and other times I'll throw them into a frittata or omlette.

Annie said...

I'm curious to see if the recipe from the Soprano's Cookbook is the same as Vinny's. I'll keep posted!

Lexi, Me too. There's nothing like leftover pizza right from the fridge!

Claire, Frittata's are my answer to any abandoned leftover!

Deborah Eley De Bono said...

This looks like a recipe I'll try, darling husband loves anything spaghetti.

Being raised by a depression-aged mother and grandmother, I use everything, waste not, so I tend to made a dinner and then try to come up with creative uses for the leftovers.