White spaghetti pie is a comforting baked pasta that combines Pecorino and Fontina cheese with eggs and cracked black pepper to create a sauce that's tossed with spaghetti, and baked in a skillet until perfectly crisp on the outside but still creamy on the inside.
When my family hears I'm making spaghetti pie, they can't help but smile.
This white spaghetti pie has a similar flavor profile to cacio e pepe thanks to the Pecorino and the black pepper but we've also added Fontina cheese for extra flavor and creaminess.
How to make it
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- Preheat the oven to 375f and set one rack on the middle level and the other at the top level. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook 1 pound of spaghetti until 2 minutes less than al dente. While the water is boiling, grate ¾ cup of Pecorino Romano cheese and shred 2 cups of Fontina cheese. In a large bowl beat together 8 large eggs with ½ cup whole milk, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1 ½ teaspoons of cracked black pepper. Add 1 ½ cups of the Fontina and ½ cup of the Pecorino Romano cheese and stir to combine.
- Heat a 10-inch oven-proof, ideally cast iron, pan to medium heat. Drain the spaghetti and add to the bowl with the cheese mixture, stirring well to combine.
- Add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the hot pan and spread to coat the whole pan.
- Add the spaghetti mixture to the pan and cook for 1 minute without stirring, then turn off the heat.
- Top the spaghetti with the remaining Fontina and Pecorino and bake in the center of the oven for 15 minutes, or until the spaghetti pie is set.
- For a browner top, move the pan to the upper rack and broil for 1-2 minutes but watch carefully. After removing from the oven, allow the spaghetti pie to sit for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy! Note: You can easily remove the whole spaghetti pie to a plate by either flipping it into a large platter or by just using 2 large spatulas.
Top tips for perfect white spaghetti pie
- The pasta. Cooking your spaghetti to 2 minutes less than al dente will help ensure that the pasta doesn't become too mushy during the baking process.
- The pan. I strongly recommend using a 10-inch cast iron pan to make this spaghetti pie. It heats evenly and allows the pie to get nice and brown on the bottom and the sides. It is also oven safe which makes it easy to move from the stovetop to the oven.
- Cooking the pie. The pie will cook on the stovetop for 1 minute before being placed in the oven for 15 minutes, and then broiling at the very end for 1-2 minutes. You may see some spaghetti pie recipes where the pie is flipped and cooked on both sides, but that's not necessary. Cooking it in the manner described here will yield just as good a result as flipping and it's much easier.
- Rest time. After removing from the oven allow the pie to sit for about 5 minutes before removing and slicing and serving.
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- 1 pound spaghetti
- 8 large eggs beaten
- 1 ½ teaspoons coarse cracked black pepper
- ¾ cup Pecorino Romano cheese grated, divided
- 2 cups Fontina cheese shredded, divided
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 375f and set a rack on the middle level and the other rack near the top.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the spaghetti until 2 minutes less than al dente.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and black pepper. Add 1 ½ cups Fontina, and a ½ cup of Pecorino Romano cheese and stir to combine.
- Heat a 10-inch oven-proof or ideally a cast iron pan to medium heat.
- Drain the spaghetti and add to the bowl. Mix well to combine.
- Add the butter and oil to the hot pan and spread to coat the whole pan. Add the spaghetti mixture to the pan and cook for 1 minute without stirring then turn off the heat.
- Top with the remaining Fontina and Pecorino and bake for 15 minutes in the center of the oven or until the spaghetti pie is set. For a browner top, move the pan to the upper rack and broil for 1-2 minutes but watch carefully.
- Let the spaghetti pie sit for 5 minutes before cutting it into slices. Enjoy!
- The exact cooking time will vary but should be around 15 minutes. Bake the spaghetti pie just until it sets, then if desired, move to the broiler to further brown the top.
- Leftovers can be saved for up to 3 days in the fridge and can be reheated in a pan of the oven until warm.