Tomato Basil and Romano Ricotta Spaghetti Pies

Wait until you serve these adorable spaghetti pies up for dinner. I whipped up a fabulously simple pasta sauce, took some nice whole wheat thin spaghetti noodles and a Ricotta cheese filling to create these individual little pies. Just wait until you try them. I baked them in these adorable 5 inch springform pans that I found at Sur La Table. You can also do one large 9 inch springform pan if you’d rather for one large pie 🙂

So, you start with a small piece of french bread dough (I used Pillsbury) and press it into the bottoms of 8 parchment lined springform pans. Then, top with spaghetti noodles and a layer of ricotta cheese mixture.

Time to add your sauce, more noodles, press down…add a little more sauce…..

And the cheese….don’t forget the cheese 🙂  Bake and Voila’, cheesy and gorgeous!


Remove these beauties from the springform pan and enjoy! Hope you love these as much as I do 🙂

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 Cup finely chopped white onion

2 Tablespoons fresh minced garlic

1/2 lb lean ground beef

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

28 oz diced tomatoes

8 fresh basil leaves, chopped

1/4 Cup fresh grated Romano Cheese


2 Cups Ricotta Cheese

1/2 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 Cup fresh grated Romano cheese

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

1/4 teaspoon Lawry’s garlic salt with parsley


1 lb whole wheat pasta noodles

1 roll French Bread dough

1/4 Cup fresh grated Romano cheese

1 1/2 Cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions for 5-7 minutes or until softened. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute then add ground beef. Cook until crumbled and browned.

2. Place diced tomatoes into food processor until nearly smooth. Pour into meat mixture, add basil leaves and Romano cheese. Reduce heat to low to simmer.

3. Place Ricotta, mozzarella, Romano, salt, pepper and garlic salt into a large bowl and mix to combine.

4. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and run under cold water to stop cooking. With kitchen scissors, cut noodles into smaller pieces.

5. Unroll French Bread dough and cut 3 inch pieces. Stretch and press into the bottom of 5 inch springform pans that have been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes then remove from oven. Layer a heaping 1/4 Cup pasta noodles evenly over bread, layer with 1/4 Cup Ricotta mixture and top with 1/4 Cup meat sauce. Top evenly with an additional 1/4 Cup pasta noodles, Romano cheese and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and hot.

8 servings


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92 Responses
  1. Am I the only one who questions why anyone would want to clutter their cupboards with tiny springform pans for one recipe, no matter how cute it looks in a picture?

  2. I love the idea of food in little individual serving sizes. It just seems so charming! (Maybe I never got over playing with doll-house-sized toy food when I was a kid.) Thanks for this. Seems like a perfect dish for entertaining because afterall, who doesn’t like spaghetti?!

  3. I’m definitely a fan of personal sized foods, and your individual sized spaghetti seems like a perfect mix of lasagna (b/c the layers), spaghetti, and you can’t forget the pie!

  4. I don’t have little baby springform pans so I think i’ll give this a try in some big muffin tins instead! I’ve seen little lasagnes made this way too. Seems like it would be really fun for a crowd. A little labor intensive but I bet once you get into the groove it would go pretty quickly!

  5. Jan Messali

    This recipe looks fantastic… I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing it… off to vote for you!

  6. katie hadfield

    I Voted…. not fair that one of your competitors have two people so that is twice as many votes!! LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I will try to vote for you every day love your FAN club in the OC!!!

  7. Jessica B.

    Jenny: How do you think this holds up for leftovers/reheating? Was thinking it would be an easy go to when I make meals for family w/new baby/death in family/friend who needs a cheer-me-up meal…. Thoughts?

  8. Tina Rhodes

    I made these last night and they were wondeful!!!! Good Luck in the contest!! I voted!!! (I am putting the word out too!)

  9. Chelsea

    Voted for you Jenny! I hope you win!! This recipe looks awesome..I can’t wait to make it for my family.

  10. Lauren

    Super cute recipe – I’ll have to try it out —- I am having trouble imagining the bread on the bottom…… BTW I think you should divide that prize into 3 and make 3 readers happy!

  11. Cari

    I voted for you!!! I have some picky eaters and have never had a bad reaction when serving your recipes. Where do you find small springform pans? We love spaghetti here!!! Thank you for sharing all of your creations with us.

  12. Emily Ballard

    I VOTED! This recipe is adorable! Gives me a reason to go to Sur La Table and get those adorable mini springfoam pans! ๐Ÿ™‚ Cant wait to try it!

  13. Brandi Bailey

    I just voted for you! It seems kinda unfair that 2 people can join together and get double the votes!? :/ I’ll keep voting and hope you win!! I think your entry looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! Good luck!

  14. techkim

    I voted for you. I love this recipe going to make it this weekend. Hey even post on pioneer Woman’s site and her other Tasty Kitchen? You should and maybe get some more votes in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. They look ADORABLY delicious!! I voted for you, but we have got to get to work, because you are WAY behind those dreaded sisters in votes…
    I’m going to share this post and Tweet about you until my fingers fall off! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. meeyeehere

    Hello dear,It looks so fabulous!! I wanna come eat at your house!! I am Italian and I gotta say it looks tastier than any of my Aunts recipes but please don’t tell them!
    I voted and will vote again tomorrow.
    Have a wonderful week

  17. Cindi

    I voted!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to try this scrumptious recipe!! Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your Texas Friend..

  18. I voted and tweeted about it, so hopefully some of my friends help you out, too. I love your site…long time reader…and would love to see you win. Please don’t hesitate to post about this several more times over the next month, so we don’t forget to go back frequently to vote more.

  19. I love these individual spaghetti pies. Your photos are wonderful and I wish you all the luck in the competition. I just voted for you and thanks for offering up the prize award to one of your readers.

  20. Tiffany

    Super cute, and they look delicious! I think my 3 yr old & 1 yr old will love helping me prepare them… and eat them! Thanks for the great idea!

  21. This has all sorts of great things in it:


    Multiple cheeses


    Fresh herbs

    I will definitely have to figure out a time to make this.

    I will need a crowd of some size.

    Thanks and keep up the great work.

  22. Oh My Goodness!!!! These are the most adorable little meals Everrrr!!! You best believe you get my votes!!!! I have always admired how creative in the kitchen you are, you have given so much inspiration to me, and wonderful ideas, and I thank you! I will continue to vote everyday and pray that you win!!!! Good Luck!!!

    Michelle Torres

  23. Tricia Folsom

    Looks yummy Jen! And I have now voted twice! Keep reminding us so I don’t forget to vote everyday! Good luck.

  24. Those are so cute Jenny! We went with “cute” mini-sized food too! Great minds think alike ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have those mini spring-form pans too but never thought to make something savory with them, love it!


  25. Renee

    These look super yummy for parents and kids alike. We gotta get your voting numbers up!!!
    Thank you for voting!

    Stay tuned-in to the competition and visit us again to vote for your favorite blogger. The winner will be announced on November 10, 2010.

  26. Marcia

    I stumbled upon your blog and I have to say…I’m in LOVE. You have such creative and fun yumminess and I can’t wait to try everything!! Good luck in the cook off. I think you can take them!

  27. My oh my! Those are absolutely gorgeous!! I’m new to your site thanks to this contest…and I will be coming back! Genius!

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