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Dec 03

Spaghetti Pie

Got dinner plans? Cancel them. You’re going to want to make this instead. Trust me. This is cheesy, meaty, saucy pasta bliss. I love a good meaty tomato sauce and when it’s spooned over a thick, hearty wedge of pasta with four cheeses? I’m in comfort food heaven. 

This meal came together pretty quickly, so it’d make a great weeknight dinner. It makes six large servings and I was really satisfied after eating one. Serve it with a side salad or some veggies for a complete meal. It’s hard to believe all that cheese, meat and pasta can come together for just 380 calories or 9 Weight Watchers Points+. Your family and friends won’t believe it either. I’m willing to bet that once you’ve made this crowd-pleaser, it’ll be requested again and again!


Spaghetti Pie

Yield: 6 servings


  • 10 oz dry wheat or high fiber thin spaghetti
  • ¾ lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 3 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1/3 cup fat free cottage cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded 2% Mozzarella cheese, divided


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400. Lightly mist a deep dish 9” pie plate with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package instructions. As soon as spaghetti is done cooking (while it’s still hot), start step 4.
  3. While the water is boiling for step one, bring a large skillet or saute pan over medium high heat and add the ground beef. Break the beef up with a large spoon or spatula and add the onion, salt and pepper. Cook until beef is browned and onions are cooked (about 5-7 minutes). Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Stir in the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, oregano and Italian Seasoning and reduce the heat to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. When the pasta is done cooking, drain it and add the cream cheese cubes back into the empty pot. Cover the cream cheese cubes with the hot pasta and stir/toss to melt the cheese and coat the pasta. Add the cottage cheese, Parmesan and ¼ cup of the Mozzarella and toss until well combined. Add 2 cups of the meat sauce from step 3 and stir to coat. Continue to warm the additional sauce on low on the stove top.
  5. Transfer the spaghetti mixture from the pot into the pie plate and press it down with a spatula and smooth the top. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of Mozzarella over the top of the spaghetti pie and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until cooked through and cheese is bubbly. Let stand for a few minutes after cooking and cut the pie into 6 even wedges. Serve each wedge with ¼ cup of the meat sauce spooned over the top.

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
6 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on

Nutrition Information:
380 calories, 45 g carbs, 11 g fat, 30 g protein, 7 g fiber (from

adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Café

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37 Responses to “Spaghetti Pie”

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    Jelise10 — December 3, 2013 @ 3:54 am

    My husband loves spaghetti and asks me to make it all the time, I’m sure he will love this– so excited to try!! I’m sure it will be great like all the rest of your recipes!!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — December 3rd, 2013 @ 4:01 am

      Thanks, I hope you both love it! :)

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    Miranda Perkins — December 3, 2013 @ 4:46 am

    This sounds amazing! Def making this week! Don’t know how succesful I would be on ww without your recipes!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

      Thanks Miranda, hope you loved it!

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    adie (adiecakes) — December 3, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    omg this is like, my childhood! We called it spaghetti casserole (made in a baking dish). It was a dinner party staple! I think I know what we need to have for dinner tonight!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 11:12 pm

      Oh yay, I hope it tastes just like you remember!

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    Mary Ann — December 8, 2013 @ 12:02 am

    Made this for dinner tonight. YUM! Love the combination of cheeses – lots of flavor and very cheesy. Thanks Emily, will definitely make again.

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    LauraC — December 8, 2013 @ 1:59 am

    Emily, I made this recipe tonight and my family absolutely loved it! I used low-fat rather than ff cream cheese, cottage cheese and mozzarella, since that’s what I had. Also, I used an 11×7 pan, and spread the remaining meat-sauce on top, then sprinkled with the remaining cheese, then baked. We will make this recipe often. Thank you!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 11:12 pm

      Happy to hear you liked it!

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    Anonymous — December 9, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    I have made something similar without the meat/sauce and it was good. So I only imagine how good this is going to be with the meat! So this can definitely be turned into a non-meat meal if anyone is wondering!!! I plan to make it this week and can’t wait for leftovers already!

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    Sheila Patel — December 10, 2013 @ 2:43 am

    Excellent meal!! My family loved how hearty and delicious this meal was. Thank you so much! I love how you convert to WW points plus. It’s ideal for me as my family started the program about 1 month ago!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 11:14 pm

      Good luck on WW, you can do this! Thanks for letting me know your family loved the recipe. :)

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    Anonymous — December 10, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    Best. Spaghetti. Ever. The super easy but delicious sauce could be used for other recipes, I loved it. Thank you so much!!! ~Sue

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 11:14 pm

      Yesss, glad you loved it so much! :)

  9. #
    Vicki — December 10, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Made this last night and it will become a regular staple meal in our household! My husband loves it so much. Thank you for your blog and for helping people like us eat healthy food that tastes delicious!!!!!!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 11:15 pm

      Thank YOU for your comment – so happy you both loved it!

  10. #
    Nikki — December 12, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    We made this for dinner last night, and OH my gosh, it is SO good! I’ve never had baked spaghetti before, but I thought, surely this will be tasty since I love spaghetti + all of the ingredients. I underestimated! This is now up there on our favorite meals (and we try a LOT of internet recipes)! My husband asked if this could be a staple meal for us. It is pure cheesy goodness!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 11:16 pm

      Oh yay, I’m thrilled this exceeded your high expectations! Thanks for letting me know :)

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    Mary Knickerbocker — December 17, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    Made this for dinner last week and it was awesome. While I was putting it togther I said to myself “Hope this is as good as it looks” and it was. I even brought a piece for a co-worker and they also loved it so much she wanted the recipe so I shared it with her too. Will be making this one over and over. Thank you.

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 11:16 pm

      So happy to hear you loved it – thanks!

  12. #
    KC — December 17, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    Made this for dinner on Friday and my husband and I had nothing that we would have changed! Thank you so much for the recipe as I am relatively new to WW and am also a HUGE pasta lover.

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 11:17 pm

      Woohoo, husband approved! So happy to hear you both liked it! :)

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    Cara Young — December 30, 2013 @ 12:14 am

    Think I could replace the cottage cheese with ricotta?

  14. #
    Samantha_dessertaholic — January 2, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    All I can say is–THANK YOU!!! I absolutely love this, however, it’s so high in fat and everything else that I didn’t think the original points were worth it. But at 9 points plus per serving, it’s worth every point!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you again.

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — January 7th, 2014 @ 11:18 pm

      Hooray, so happy you loved it and that it was wort every point. Thank YOU for letting me know! <3

  15. #
    Elizabeth — January 29, 2014 @ 11:25 pm

    Has anyone tried to freeze this?

  16. #
    Caitlin — February 13, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

    Goodness Emily, you just keep impressing me. This was epitome of comfort food. I loved it and can’t wait to make it again. And again. And again. :-)

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    Amy Starr — February 15, 2014 @ 1:05 am

    Thanks for another good one Emily! Made this for my valentine tonight and he loved it! I didn’t read the recipe well and accidentally forgot to put some meat sauce in with the noodles and it was still delicious!

  18. #
    Gretchen Medon — February 25, 2014 @ 12:49 am

    OMG – A-MAZING! ‘Nuff said

  19. #
    Anonymous — March 10, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    My husband won’t eat ground meat, could I just eliminate the meat or would that mess it up?

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — March 11th, 2014 @ 8:59 pm

      I’m sure you could make a meat-free version

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    Doris — April 2, 2014 @ 12:08 am

    Made this tonight and was blown away by how amazing it was. So rich. My weight watchers leader made it last week and talked about it so highly that I HAD to make it. So glad I did.


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