Bread Crumb Chicken

Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Pie

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Ingredients

• 8 ounces uncooked whole-grain spaghetti
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 3 ounces hot chicken Italian sausage, casings removed
• 2 cups chopped tomato
• 1 cup prechopped onion
• 1 (9-oz.) bag fresh spinach
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
• 3 ounces preshredded reduced-fat Italian-blend cheese (about 3/4 cup), divided
• Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Place an 8-inch round cake pan in oven. Preheat oven to 500°F (leave pan in oven as it preheats).

2. Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta; cook 8 minutes or until almost done; drain. Place eggs in a large bowl. Add hot pasta; toss to coat.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage; cook 2 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add tomato, onion, and spinach; cook 7 minutes or until liquid has almost evaporated, stirring occasionally. Add sausage mixture to pasta mixture. Stir in pepper, salt, and 2 ounces cheese.

4. Carefully remove cake pan from oven; coat pan with cooking spray. Add pasta mixture to cake pan; sprinkle with remaining 1 ounce cheese. Bake at 500°F for 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven; cut spaghetti pie into 4 wedges.

ROSY NOTES: I bought a 16 oz. package of Italian Chicken Sausage. Not a hot one though, because, you know, my Little Honey Bunch was traveling the next day and airplane bathrooms are not good. I used the whole 16 oz. even though the recipe calls for 3 ounces. 3 ounces isn't even enough for my cat! I may have used a little more than 3 ounces of cheese. Everything else was as the recipe called. Oh, and being that I had a little extra meat, it didn't fit in a round so I upgraded to one of the larger baking dishes. Another note, 20 minutes on 500 seems like it might have turned out blackened. I left it for 10 and the cheese was nice and melted and browned. Yeah, I might have had to call the Fire Department if I left it for 20 minutes on 500 degrees.