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When Spaghetti Dinner is Getting Boring….


Please tell me I’m not the only one that makes spaghetti one too many times for dinner! When you feel like you’re ready for a little something new, give these fun little flaky garlic toasted spaghetti cups a try. I was feeling completely un-motivated to make dinner last night so I started grabbing ingredients for my go to, easy dinner that we have oh so often….spaghetti. As I was rummaging through the freezer for the ground beef, I saw my handy Pillsbury pie crusts that I forgot I even had and thought, hmmmmmm…..

Voila`, little garlic bread cups to put your spaghetti in. It’s not rocket science, just a little way to jazz up that spaghetti, even when you don’t feel like cooking dinner! Hope you’ll all enjoy!

Flaky Garlic Toasted Spaghetti Cups

3 Pillsbury refrigerated pie dough, thawed
¼ Cup olive oil, for brushing
½ teaspoon garlic salt, Lawry’s
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ Cup diced white onion
½ Cup diced red bell pepper
1 lb lean ground beef
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic salt, Lawry’s is what I use

26 oz favorite pasta sauce, homemade or store bought

1 lb whole wheat spaghetti

½ Cup Fresh grated parmesan cheese
12 Fresh basil leaves

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out pie dough rounds to an even thinness. Using a 3 inch wide bowl or cup, press 12 round circles of dough. You may need to roll out remaining dough to make more circles. Lightly brush each side of the dough rounds with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with garlic salt. Press gently into the bottom and sides of 12 muffin tins, that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Remove from oven and let cool on cooling rack.

2. Place oil into a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, sauté onion and bell pepper until slightly softened, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in beef, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Cook until browned and crumbled. Stir in pasta sauce and reduce heat to low to simmer.

3. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

4. To assemble, using tongs, place a small amount of noodles into the bottom of the crusts. Top with a heaping spoonful of pasta sauce. Top with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and basil leaves if desired.

Makes 12 spaghetti cups, you’ll have more spaghetti left over

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  1. 1
    Prudy says:

    They sure look pretty with that fresh basil on top.

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    We have spaghetti entirely too often, its the ‘better’ choice between that and frozen pizza or Hamburger Helper. I LOve that idea of the pie crust cups!!

  3. 3
    Mary Ann says:

    Very cute! What a great idea, I am pretty sure my kids will love it, plus then, the garlic bread it already built in to the meal. Love it!

  4. 4
    Suzanne says:

    Wow, those look beautiful and delicious! What a creative idea. Can’t wait to try them.

  5. 5
    Aggie says:

    This is too cute! I love this!

    I have a child who doesn’t eat spaghetti…it drives me crazy (especially b/c I’m Italian!)…maybe these fun cups will change his mind!!

  6. 6
    Katherine Aucoin says:

    You’re not the only one…spaghetti is my go to meal too and the homegirlz love it. I think your pasta bowls are a fantastic idea and I am dying to try them. The bowls are so versitile for so many pasta dishes and even during the winter for thick soups or stews. High 5!

  7. 7
    Sharon says:

    Those are adorable! I’d imagine that the cups are quite tasty once they’ve had a little sauce soak in. Great idea as usual 🙂

  8. 8
    Lisa says:

    How cute! I love spaghetti and could eat it 3 times a week.

  9. 9
    Jenny says:

    Thanks Prudy!

    Thanks anonymous, hope you enjoy!

    Hi Mary Ann,
    The kids seem to love their own little individual serving, just their size!

    Hi Suzanne,
    Hope you’ll enjoy!

    I can’t believe your little one won’t eat spaghetti?! My boys would be in big trouble!

    Hi Katherine,
    Glad to hear you cook spaghetti often too! These would be great with a thick hearty soup too!

    Hi Sharon,
    You are right, the sauce softens the crusts just enough that makes them really good!

  10. 10
    Jenny says:

    Just missed you Lisa,

  11. 11
    RecipeGirl says:

    Those are so cute. I can’t remember the last time that I simply made spaghetti for dinner. I just don’t think that simple (unfortunately!). I love it though… so perhaps I’m due to whip it up for dinner. My family would love me for not attempting some new sort of gourmet thing!!

  12. 12
    Maria says:

    Very creative…and I love fresh basil, nice touch!

  13. 13
    Anne says:

    Those are so cute and a fun variation! The basil looks delicious, too.

  14. 14
    Kimberly says:

    What a good idea! Was it messier to eat than regular spaghetti?

  15. 15
    Jenny says:

    Hi Lori,
    No spaghetti for you huh? I gotta keep it real sometime!

    Thanks Maria!

    Thanks Anne,
    I love the little basil leaves. My basil plant is the only plant that I haven’t killed!

    Hi Kimberly,
    Either way my boys have it all over the place. I’d say it’s equally as messy.

  16. 16
    Barbara Bakes says:

    Pasta is my go to for a quick dinner too! I started food blogging because of the boredom with my meals.

  17. 17
    Jen says:

    Ooh, how cute. I have some garlic crescent rolls that might work really well, too. I will totally try it.

  18. 18
    Toby says:

    Those look soo good! Awesome idea!

  19. 19
    Deborah says:

    I love this idea! I bet your kids ate them right up!

  20. 20
    Stephanie says:

    That is such a cool way to eat spaghetti! I never would have thought of that. I bet your boys just ate those right up. 🙂

  21. 21

    Oh my gosh! How cute! I am so going to make these for my niece and nephew this weekend. And, since I’m babysitting and need to provide entertainment, maybe I’ll teach them how to make their own crust and we’ll do it that way. Really fun!

  22. 22
    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    These would be so cool for a party! Great way to eat a messy food without getting dishes dirty!

  23. 23
    Beth says:

    Hubby says I cook spaghetti far too often – but I love it and its super quick and easy! These pie crusts are a fab idea – he loves pastry so Im on to a winner with these

  24. 24
    Erin says:

    That’s pretty cute! Like little spaghetti boats 🙂

  25. 25
    Kim A says:

    Yowza wowza, those are out of this world!

  26. 26
    Leah says:

    Jenny, you are so flippin’ creative! I’m so envious of your ability to just go to the cupboard and whip up something original, adorable, and yummy looking. Well done, as per usual!

  27. 27
    Tanja says:

    Oh, those look so good!
    A must try when I get back from my trip!

  28. 28
    momof3crazykids-Val says:

    We too usually have it once a week. Luckily my kids love it. I will try this though, it looks so yummy. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  29. 29
    Leslie says:

    GENIOUS!!!I would have never thought to do that with the pie crusts!!!!Mrs Smarty Pants!!!LOL

  30. 30
    Emiline says:

    Those are so cute! What a fun presentation.

  31. 31
    jana says:

    AWESOME idea!! I don’t know how you think of things but, I sure am glad you do! Thanks for dinner tonight!! Love it!

  32. 32
    Jeena says:

    Do you not just love it when you come up with a fantastic idea in the kitchen Jenny? This is a corker! I bet they taste great, there is something just so yummy about eating pastry cases filled with something nice to eat.

    I love this post so much. 🙂

  33. 33
    Sadie says:

    Wow, that is a great idea!! I can’t wait to try it.

  34. 34
    Cara says:

    This is such a cute idea! I have a hard time believing that dinner at your house is ever boring, what with all the great things you post, but it definitely gets that way around here from time to time!

  35. 35
    carol says:

    These are just so darned CUTE! Being of Italian heritage-spaghetti sauce runs through my veins instead of blood I think! I’ll definitely be trying these-I know my hubby will LOVE them….and if the bugs haven’t gotten all the basil…:(….what a great way to use it!
    Geesh-I wish I could be this creative when I’m unmotivated!!!
    Thanks Jenny!!!

  36. 36
    PaniniKathy says:

    This has got to be one of the best food ideas I’ve seen in a while! It’s definitely going on the must-try list! I’ve got puff pastry in my freezer, I wonder if that would be overboard…

  37. 37
    Sara says:

    This is such a cute idea and way to eat spaghetti! Where do you come up with this stuff? I hope you don't mind but I posted your blog link and recipe for the Oreo Chocolate Chip cookies on my blog…I've made them twice now and I just had to share it with my family & friends! My dad loved them!

  38. 38
    HoneyB says:

    What a neat little idea!

  39. 39
    Shreya says:

    they look amazing.. 🙂

  40. 40
    Lore says:

    Those little cups make spaghetti look like so much fun!

  41. 41
    Renae says:

    What a creative and yummy looking recipe!

  42. 42
    hot garlic says:

    I love the ‘what do I got in here?’ inspiration! They are so cute! I am a sucker for a}anything wrapped or set in pasty and b}anything cute and individual -so this is right up my alley!

  43. 43
    Emaline says:

    Jenny what a cute idea! My nieces and nephews would love this! Snazzy!

  44. 44
    Nikki says:

    Incredible! I have to share this with my mom as she is one to make spaghetti every other day it seems. 🙂

  45. 45
    Patsyk says:

    I may have to borrow this idea… there are so many things that might seem like new recipes just by putting them in cute little cups!

  46. 46
    My Sweet & Saucy says:

    What a fun twist on a staple dinner item! Great job!

  47. 47
    Rebekah says:

    That looks yummy!! I can’t wait to try it!

  48. 48
    Karina says:

    What a sweet idea. Can you ever have too much pasta? Really?

  49. 49
    ARLENE says:

    Those are too cute. Kudos on being featured on FFF.

  50. 50
    Dharm says:

    That is sooo ingenious! Well done Jenny!

  51. 51
    Noor says:

    I have something waiting for you on my blog come on over 🙂

    BTW, I just love these I bet your husband is like mine wondering what he is getting every night, lol..

  52. 52
    ~Priscilla~ says:

    those look great. your cookies with the brownie mix in them look delicious, i can’t wait to try them.

  53. 53
    Kevin says:

    What a great way to serve spaghetti! Those garlic cups sound really good.

  54. 54
    Shari says:

    This is a great twist on good ol’ spaghetti! Great idea!
    [email protected]Whisk: a food blog

  55. 55
    Katie's blog says:

    That looks really good. What a neat presentation.

  56. 56
    bakingblonde says:

    This is the best idea since sliced bread in my opinion!! I love love love the idea!! These will be a great hit with the kiddos in the family as well! Can’t wait to try them.

  57. 57
    Carrie says:

    I’m so excited to try this tonight! Question tho…the pie crust wasn’t too sweet for the spaghetti? I guess I think pie crust and dessert comes to mind…lol

  58. 58
    Maris says:

    This is SUCH a great idea! I love taking simple recipes and adding a little twist that makes them seem fresh and different.

    This is such a simple meal yet I think you could totally serve this to company and they’d be impressed. I know I would :o)

  59. 59
    Maggie says:

    That is my last minute dinner all the time…What a cute way to change it up. I just have to say that you are awesome. Thanks for all of the great recipes.

  60. 60
    Dave and Autumn says:

    How fun!! I am all about presentation! Well …and taste. But I feel if it looks good then it makes it taste even that much better. I love the idea ans so simple!! Thank you!

  61. 61
    Threeundertwo says:

    Ok, that is both clever AND cute! What a great idea!

  62. 62
    Amanda says:

    I made my own version of these on Saturday and it was the first time my husband commented that the food looked “cute”

  63. 63
    n.o.e says:

    These are totally cute! They look delicious as well – enjoying your blog and getting lots of recipe inspiration!!
    The Dogs Eat the Crumbs

  64. 64
    modkidboutique says:

    Ooooh, I love this idea! BTW, you’ve been added to the Cook It. Blog it! blogroll! Welcome!!!

  65. 65
    Psychgrad says:

    Looks cute. How do you eat it? Do you cut up the spaghetti or eat the spaghetti out of the cup and then eat the garlic toast after?

  66. 66
    Kelly says:

    These are definitely unique! I’ll definitely have to give these a try.

  67. 67
    Brian and Elizabeth Shelley says:

    what brand of pasta do you use??

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