This is the basic recipe but is super customize-able with different veggies (like peppers or mushrooms), sauces, cheeses (I like a combo of mozzarella and cheddar), herbs (my favorites in this are basil, oregano and parsley) and meat (I typically use turkey or beef, but you could even use sliced italian sausage or soy crumbles).
Serve with garlic bread and a caesar salad for a perfect italian meal!
1/2 box of spaghetti
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup cottage cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb ground meat of your choice
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz of your favorite tomato sauce
any herbs and seasonings you like for the sauce
3/4 cup shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 350
Cook spaghetti according to directions on package.
While the spaghetti is cooking, make the meat sauce. In a large skillet heat olive oil, brown meat and drain off fat. Add in the chopped onion and cook until just translucent then add in the garlic and sautee for a few minutes more. Pour in the jar of tomato sauce and whatever herbs and seasonings you like and let it simmer on the stove until it's needed.
Drain (do not rinse) the spaghetti and put into large bowl (or just return it to the pot you cooked it in), add the butter and stir until it is melted and distributed. Add in eggs and parmesan cheese. Pour the mixture into a greased pie dish, shape it so it looks a bit like a crust, with a well in the center.
Spread cottage cheese evenly in the well of the crust and then pour the meat sauce on top. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top and bake for about 20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and just starts to brown (If you find it is browning too quickly, loosely cover the pie with a piece of foil).