Posted: 16 March '11 by Niall
We were genuinely unsure whether to post this recipe or not.. I mean, tinned spaghetti doesn’t really scream “food blog”, does it?
I’m not sure where the recipe came from. Mum used to make it when I was a kid, and it’s been a favourite of mine ever since, as childhood dishes tend to be. I do know that Kelly had never heard of anything like it, and took some convincing to let me cook it for her.
One taste was all it took, though, and she’s now well and truly hooked.
Spaghetti Pie is so much more than the sum of it’s parts. The rich cheese, the creamy potato, the sweet tomato sauce.. They just work so well together!
Being cheap to make and filling enough to last two or three meals, the recipe sustained me through the lean years when I was a student.
So, to whoever came up with the recipe for Spaghetti Pie.. Thank you..
Serves 4 – 6 people
You can see the photos here:
- 400g x 2 tins of spaghetti in tomato sauce
- 1kg floury potatoes (such as Maris Piper), peeled and cut into chunks
- 6-8 slices of bacon (we used Oak Smoked Dry Cured)
- 400g mature cheddar, grated
- A splash of milk for the potatoes
- A good pinch of salt
- 100g of butter
You’ll need an oven tray, a potato masher, and a big casserole dish for this recipe.
- Empty the tins of spaghetti into a sauce pan and cook over a low heat, until the sauce has reduced and become thick. Leave to one side.
- Place the bacon on an oven tray and cook in the oven at 200°C until they are crisp. When the are ready, take the oven try out and reduce the heat to 180°C, ready for the spaghetti pie.
- As the bacon cooks, place the chunks of potato into a saucepan, cover with water, and boil until the potatoes has softened enough for a fork to pass through them.
- Drain the potatoes, add a splash of milk, the salt and the butter and mash them until they are smooth.
- Pour the spaghetti into the casserole dish.
- Scoop spoonfuls of potato on top of the spaghetti and, when all the potato has been used, lightly smooth the potato so that it forms a thick, even layer.
- Place the bacon on top of the potato.
- Sprinkle the grated cheese on top of the bacon and potato.
- Place the casserole dish in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and browned.
- Spoon a portion of the spaghetti pie on to a plate and spinkle liberally with black pepper.
By the way, we always cook our bacon in the oven. It crisps up incredibly well without drying out – perfect every time.