Sunday, February 3, 2013

Veggie Pasta Pie

Veggie Pasta Pie

And on the inside: Veggie Pasta Pie

This was adapted from the Culinary Institute $5 Veggie Pasta Pie from the Dr. Oz show. I love many of the recipes that are highlighted on the Dr. Oz show - this is very much my favorite part of the good Doctor! While it is always nice to hit a budgetary target (low cost meals that taste great are definite win-wins), getting high nutrition and low calorie/fat dishes is the best. From the Dr. Oz site - this recipe is from "Culinary Institute of America chef Jennifer Stack is a blend of an Italian Frittata (omelet) and a Jewish Noodle Kugel (pudding)". I made some very minor modifications to taste (basically adding the roasted red peppers (which was very nice). I also added some timings, which makes it easier to follow. This was just fantastic and it will be a regular staple in our house. This would also be great for brunches as it can sit out for a while.

Ingredients (Makes around 4 servings)
1 1/2 cups cooked Whole-wheat macaroni (Around 3/4 cup dry macaroni)
6 large Eggs
2 Carrots, finely grated (around 1 cup), divided
2 tbsp Canola or vegetable oil
2 tsp (or cloves) Garlic, chopped
1 14.5-oz can Petite diced tomatoes
1/4 cup Roasted red peppers, chopped
10 oz Frozen, chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed dry)
3/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese (adjust to taste), divided
Salt and pepper to taste
Cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain the pasta and set aside.
2. Whisk 2 eggs in a bowl and add 1/3 cup of the grated carrot and 1/2 cup cooked macaroni. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a non-stick skillet, add the egg mixture and cook over medium low heat until the eggs are set but not dry (around 5 minutes). Slide this noodle “pancake” onto a greased cookie sheet (or parchment paper) and keep warm. Repeat this process two more times to create a total of 3 noodle layers.
3. Raise heat to medium and add 1 tsp oil to the skillet. Sauté 1 tsp chopped garlic for around 30 seconds. Add the canned tomatoes and roasted red peppers, season with salt and pepper and cook for around 7 minutes. Set aside in a bowl.
4. Add 1 tsp oil to the skillet and sauté 1 tsp chopped garlic for 30 seconds. Add the spinach, season with salt and pepper and cook for around 5 minutes). Set aside in a bowl.
5. Add the first noodle pancake, browned side down, to a pie plate coated with cooking spray. Top with the cooked spinach (drain any excess liquid) and add 1/4 cup of the shredded cheese. Add a second noodle pancake and top with the tomatoes and pepper mixture (drain any excess liquid) and add 1/4 cup of the shredded cheese. Top with the final noodle pancake, browned side up, and remaining shredded cheese.
6. Bake in oven for 10 minutes at 375˚F. Cut into wedges and serve hot or cold.

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