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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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚Β  Bake and Voila’, cheesy and gorgeous!


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

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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  1. 1
    Vanessa says:

    Oh. Wow. This looks absolutely delicious! I just voted!

  2. 2
    Amanda :) says:

    I voted! πŸ™‚ Sending you lots and lots of good luck! Can’t wait to try this.. gorgeous and delicious!! πŸ™‚

  3. 3
    rose says:

    Where were u all my life? So creative! Thanx!

  4. 4

    Ok those are so adorable! I voted yesterday and am wishing you luck!!

  5. 5

    I voted! These are too cute and look delicious! Best of luck!

  6. 6
    Mandie says:

    holy moly these look AMAZING! looks very fancy but simple. good for college boyfriends!

  7. 7

    Congrats on the cook-off, that’s so cool! And speaking of cool, these pies look fantastic! Once again, so creative!

  8. 8
    Cheri says:

    These look great. I am going to try making these with my niece and nephews. Good luck!

  9. 9

    Very exciting! You know we’ll help you get there! πŸ™‚

  10. 10
    Stephanie says:

    Wow…it looks beautiful AND it looks so simple! Love it!!

  11. 11
    Stephanie says:

    Oh…and I voted!! πŸ™‚ Good luck!!!

  12. 12
    Amy says:

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

  13. 13

    so cute! they look like carb heaven:-)

  14. 14
    Penelope says:

    Voted for you! They look DELICIOUS!

  15. 15
    Taren says:

    Voted! Looks soooooo YUMMY!

  16. 16
    Marcia says:

    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!

  17. 17
    Renee says:

    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.

  18. 18

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


  19. 19
    Angela says:

    Oh Yum! I voted! They look scrumptious! Good Luck!

  20. 20
    Tricia Folsom says:

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

  21. 21

    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
    [email protected]

  22. 22
    Mike says:

    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.

  23. 23
    linda says:

    LOVE these pies! great job!
    just voted for you…GOOD LUCK!!!!

  24. 24
    Maria says:

    LOVE this recipe. So creative! Good luck, you have my vote:)

  25. 25

    yep, you win! i’m making these next week…they really could not be any cuter! and you definitely have my vote πŸ™‚

  26. 26
    Trish says:

    Just voted! Always love your recipes!

  27. 27
    Tiffany says:

    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!

  28. 28
    Ashlee says:

    This recipe looks great and looks fun to do. Since I began blogging I have been looking for more ways to use leftovers. I recently made a baked spaghetti that was really good. I love your idea of using the spring form pans!!

  29. 29
    April says:

    This looks really good.

    I voted.

  30. 30
    Michelle says:

    You make the cutest food!!

  31. 31
    Cara M says:

    Voted! Good luck!

  32. 32
    Jamie says:

    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.

  33. 33
    Mads says:

    These look nummy…I just voted!

    I’m surprised at the simplicity of this recipe, sometimes those taste the absolute best!

  34. 34
    Melissa says:

    This looks fantastic! Totally going to try it! I just voted for you! Good luck!

  35. 35
    Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This looks great! I love baked spaghetti!

  36. 36

    That looks delicious!
    P.S. I just voted πŸ™‚ Good Luck!

  37. 37
    Lynda says:

    I just voted for you ~ best of luck!!! Your dish looks delish!

  38. 38
    Tracy says:

    Love the individual portions! Yum!

  39. 39
    Lindsay says:

    Just voted!! Good luck~this looks AWESOME!!

  40. 40
    Jessica B. says:

    Love it! I voted and look to have a dinner recipe for the weekend!

    I am also totally selling myself out as the non-profit I run is up for a $50k grant from Pepsi Refresh! As a loyal Picky Palate reader, would greatly appreciate the vote:

  41. 41

    These look great. Cute idea. πŸ™‚

  42. 42
    Valerie says:

    It looks so delicious. I am sure it will win.

  43. 43
    Jessi says:

    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.

  44. 44
    Cindi says:

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

  45. 45
    meeyeehere says:

    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
    [email protected]

  46. 46
    Becca says:

    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! πŸ™‚

  47. 47

    I love these little individual pies- They look and sound delicious!

  48. 48
    lydia says:

    Voted for you!! good luck!

  49. 49
    Brooke says:

    CONGRATS, dear Jenny! Votes are in!in!in!

  50. 50

    Jenny- this is such an innovative and fun idea…you totally deserve this win! (But I’ll still vote every day just to be sure!)

  51. 51
    Heather litz says:

    You have my vote, what a fun/super charming entry.Good luck!!!

  52. 52
    techkim says:

    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. πŸ™‚

  53. 53
    Tiffany says:

    Are those MINI springform pans and if so WHERE do I get my hands on some?

  54. 54
    Angela says:

    Voted, hope you win! Thanks for the chance to win too! πŸ™‚

  55. 55
    Brandi Bailey says:

    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!

  56. 56
    Emily Ballard says:

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

  57. 57

    Your spaghetti pies look amazing! How creative is this idea. Love that they back inside those spring form pans. You have my votes πŸ™‚

  58. 58
    Jen says:

    I just voted, good luck!

  59. 59
    Cari says:

    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.

  60. 60
    Julie says:

    Those really are adorable! Wish I had some of those little pans, how cute.

  61. 61

    These are absolutely adorable – I bet your boys absolutely loved them!! Your in my tickler so I am voting every day – no worries, you’ll win!

  62. 62
    Lauren says:

    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!

  63. 63
    sarah says:

    I cant wait to make these!!
    I hope you win!!! I will try to remember to vote everyday!!

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    Tonya says:

    This looks really yummy! I voted too.

  66. 66
    Robyn says:

    What a creative recipe! I love it!!! Good luck and headed over to vote now! πŸ™‚

  67. 67

    These look so good & so darn cute. I voted and I wish you luck!

  68. 68
    megan says:

    I voted and good luck!

  69. 69
    Chelsea says:

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

  70. 70
    LimeCake says:

    that’s a really neat idea! good luck for the contest!

  71. 71
    Tina Rhodes says:

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

  72. 72
    Jessica B. says:

    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?

  73. 73

    Wow that looks absolutely amazing! So cute πŸ™‚

  74. 74
    katie hadfield says:

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

  75. 75
    Kendall says:

    These got my vote – lots of luck!

  76. 76
    Sahnda says:

    These look delicious! You got my vote! Hope you win!!!

  77. 77

    You definitely get my vote! What a fantastic dinner these would make for my family.

  78. 78
    KayCee says:

    I LOVE your recipes!!! You are sure to win…..and you will have my daily vote! Best of luck!!

  79. 79
    Jan Messali says:

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

  80. 80
    Mindy G says:

    Awesome recipe. I jsut voted for you. Good Luck.

  81. 81

    Who knew spaghetti could be so cute?!? I voted for you! πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  82. 82

    I’m in love with these individual spaghetti pies. I swear, I could eat spaghetti every night of the week. I would love to try this!

  83. 83

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  84. 84

    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!

  85. 85
    Lenita says:

    I loved your recipe and already voted!
    Kisses from Brazil to you!
    Good luck.


  86. 86
    Mary says:

    Adorable & yummy? You are good. You can count of my vote! : )

  87. 87
    Melissa Ventura says:

    These are wonderful and I am going to add meatballs to mine!

  88. 88
    Vel J. says:

    Wow, that look so tasty. I am going to have to make it one of these snowy nights. Thanks for the idea πŸ™‚

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    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!

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    stephanie says:

    Does this make (4)5 inch pies or 8?

  96. 96

    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?!

  97. 97
    Agnes says:

    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?

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