Today’s dish is an economical, vegetarian and nutritious dinner for your family that the kids may enjoy helping to make. Who doesn’t want to help create something with “pie” in the name of it? At roughly $1 per portion, this tasty entree can’t be beat. Works wonderfully alongside a garden salad. 

Ingredients (serves 6-8)
1 Tbs butter

8oz spaghetti (and variety works)

1 Tbs olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1lb frozen leaf spinach (or 1/2 16oz fresh container)

4oz parmesan cheese (or any desired combination of cheeses)

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk (any fat level works, nutritionals assume 1%)

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Butter a deep 9” pie pan and preheat oven to 400 degrees and make sure the rack is in the middle.
  3. Add 1tablespoon olive oil to skillet over medium heat. Next add onion and sauté until translucent. Then let the garlic join the fun for another minute.
  4. Add the spinach along with some pepper and a dash of salt to taste. Stir for a minute or two (or until frozen spinach is thawed). Then remove from heat.
  5. Put the pasta in the skillet and toss to combine. Transfer half of the mixture to the pie pan. Sprinkle with half of the cheese.
  6. Top with other half of pasta/veggie mix.
  7. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and nutmeg. Pour the liquid over the pasta. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
  8. Put on baking sheet and transfer to the oven. Bake for 5 minutes then lower temp to 350.
  9. Continue baking for 40-45 minute or until top is golden brown and custard sets.
  10. Remove from oven to cool 5-10 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.

    Nutrition Facts
    Servings: 7
    Amount per serving
    Calories 397
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 11.7g 15%
    Saturated Fat 4.8g 24%
    Cholesterol 112mg 37%
    Sodium 284mg 12%
    Total Carbohydrate 55.6g 20%
    Dietary Fiber 4.5g 16%
    Total Sugars 6.1g
    Protein 20.5g
    Vitamin D 37mcg 186%
    Calcium 308mg 24%
    Iron 4mg 20%
    Potassium 278mg 6%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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