Pasta casserole. That’s essentially what this spaghetti primavera pie is. And it’s so simple. Just dump cooked spaghetti, veggies, and a cheese sauce that’s bubbly and beautiful. And you can easily swap out the veggies listed in the recipe below for anything you happen to have on hand—maybe asparagus, summer squash, mushrooms, asparagus, whatever you have on hand. Spaghetti pie? Yes, please.–David Leite

Spaghetti Primavera Pie FAQs

What is primavera pasta?

In Italian, primavera means spring and pasta primavera is a dish that highlights the abundance of vegetables that start appearing at that time of year and celebrates everything light and fresh. Primavera pasta is made with long thin noodles, like spaghetti, and is always chockful of veggies and Parmesan.

What do eggs do for this dish?

While not a traditional ingredient in primavera, the eggs are what make this recipe special. The addition of eggs (and extra cheese, obviously…) is what gives your pasta pie the ability to stay together when you cut it into slices. A little extra protein, flavor, and a way to appeal to kids? Sold!

Spaghetti primavera pie in a large dish--spaghetti topped with zucchini, tomatoes, onions, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

Spaghetti Primavera Pie

4.50 / 4 votes
This spaghetti pie is a cinch to put together. Cooked spaghetti is mixed with onion, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and then slid in the oven until it’s a gorgeous golden brown. And it’s like catnip for kids.
David Leite
CourseMains
CuisineItalian
Servings6 servings
Calories518 kcal
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini (from 1 zucchini)
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper (from 1 bell pepper)
  • 1 cup sliced red onion (from 1 small onion)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Place the zucchini, tomatoes, bell pepper, and red onion on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and toss to coat evenly. Bake until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned, stirring once, about 20 minutes.
  • While the vegetables roast, cook the pasta until al dente, according to the package directions, probably 9 to 11 minutes. the pasta and set it aside.
  • In a largish bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add the cooked pasta and 1/2 cup each Parmesan and mozzarella, tossing to coat. Add the vegetables and gently toss.
  • Dump into a lightly oiled 9-inch (23-cm) springform pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup each Parmesan and mozzarella. Bake until set and cheese has browned, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley.

Notes

Spice-It-Up Variation

You can add additional seasonings—garlic, Italian seasoning, thyme, oregano, and crushed red pepper.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 portionCalories: 518 kcalCarbohydrates: 52 gProtein: 24 gFat: 24 gSaturated Fat: 10 gMonounsaturated Fat: 10 gTrans Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 137 mgSodium: 1017 mgFiber: 3 gSugar: 5 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2018 Siri Daly. Photo © 2018 Ellen Silverman. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

If you’re a pasta lover but are getting tired of the typical red sauce and fork-twirling route, give this spaghetti primavera pie a try! The caramelized veggies paired wonderfully with the cheesy, eggy sauce. Make sure to use a good quality mozzarella so you get that nice melty quality. My husband loved this for leftovers for lunches. He took a slice of this plus a little bit of marinara to pour over after it was reheated, but I found it to be great as is.

My family loved this spaghetti primavera pie (and my children never willingly eat zucchini), so I have to give it a rave based on their enthusiasm alone. It’s mild, cheesy, comfort food, and appealing to most people. I would have preferred it with more vegetables; they seemed a little lost in the pasta, and when I make it again, I think I’ll swap out the zucchini for mushrooms, and add more tomatoes.

I really loved how the roasted tomatoes sort of melted into the pasta, but I think the zucchini flavor didn’t really come through (probably because it’s out of season right now). I think I would also like it with a little heat (maybe some chili flakes) stirred in.

This is a fresh vegetarian take on the ground beef spaghetti pie of my childhood. The half-and-half and all of the cheese makes this a rather indulgent savory pie with crispy cheesy noodle edges worth fighting for!

Oh, my word, this spaghetti primavera pie was so good. I’ve seen a few of these “spaghetti pies” floating around the interwebs lately and have been curious, but to be honest, I wasn’t *too* curious since they’ve pretty much just been everything you’d expect from your run of the mill pasta bake, but made with spaghetti instead.

Here, however, the flavors from the roasted veggies were just right with the richness of the cream and the cheese. It’s not hard to make, either, so it would make a pretty addition to a weeknight or weekend dinner lineup.

I made this spaghetti primavera pie on a cold night where it was just me, the dogs, and a strong pregnancy craving for carbohydrates. I make pasta primavera quite a bit, it’s just so easy! So, when I see a recipe in pie form, you have me intrigued. This recipe was super easy, I was sitting down to dinner by 7 pm on a Tuesday, and could see this being a great dinner to serve friends or family with a big side salad and some wine.

This spaghetti primavera pie came out delicious and the recipe was easy to follow and produced perfect results. The vegetables were cooked to perfect tenderness and the pie was completely cooked through. I’d give this recipe a perfect ten because there doesn’t seem to be any problems with the recipe. It’s easy to follow and produces perfect results, as well as being delicious. It’s a great way to use the vegetables in a summer garden.




About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.


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  1. Do you know about the YouTube channel Pasta Grammar? It is worth a look, showcasing an average Joe American man and his Italian wife going through Italian cooking and “Italian” cooking, plus the aspects of American fare that seems bizarre to an outsider. The lady is a real firecracker.

    I would like to see her reaction to this recipe.