When Johnsonville asked me to submit a recipe for their Johnsonville Italian Inspiration recipe contest, I didn't have to think twice. Spaghetti pie was always one of my favorite meals growing up -- it was my number one request every year for my birthday.
My mom's spaghetti pie recipe calls for ground beef in the sauce, but I had a hunch that swapping it out for Johnsonville Mild Ground Sausage would take it to the next level, and I was so right! This is one of those meals that is sure to impress guests, but in reality, you can have it on the dinner table in under an hour. Or you can even prepare it ahead of time, so all you have to do is bake it up!
The "crust" is comprised of only four ingredients: spaghetti noodles, eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, and butter. When baked, it forms a firm and creamy base that's the perfect complement to the zippy sausage tomato sauce topping.
The "filling" starts with Johnsonville Mild Ground Italian Sausage and diced green peppers and onions. Stir in canned diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, and garlic salt, plus a touch of sugar to counteract some of the acidity in the tomatoes. Layered over cottage cheese and topped with gooey mozzarella cheese, this is one flavorful pie!
I hope you'll give my spaghetti pie recipe a try, and if you're so inclined, please take a moment to give my Italian Sausage Spaghetti Pie a "Like" in the Italian Inspiration contest!
There's still time for you to submit your favorite recipe featuring Johnsonville Sausage in the Italian Inspiration recipe contest as well. Enter through April 1st at 11:59pm CDT!