Monday, November 18, 2013

Spaghetti and Meatball Pot Pie - Shortcut Version

The most popular post my blog has ever had was my idea for a Spaghetti and Meatball Pot Pie.  It was simple, just put your favorite spaghetti and meatballs in a ramekin, top with pizza dough, brush with garlic herb butter and bake until golden.

This weekend I made a shortcut version of that instead of making my own meatballs, sauce, and dough.  It's just a different way of presenting your favorite spaghetti, meat sauce, and garlic bread in a creative way.    Be forewarned, these pot pies are very filling and will leave you stuffed.   You could also turn this into a holiday appetizer by downsizing to small ramekins. 

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Spaghetti and Meatball Pot Pie - Shortcut Version

  • 12-16 Johnsonville Homestyle Meatballs
  • 24 oz jar pasta sauce 
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz angel hair pasta, cooked according to directions
  • 2 pkg pizza dough
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt 

Equipment needed

  1. Preheat oven or a grill to 450f (or what temperature the pizza dough calls for).   For a standard charcoal grill, bank to coals to the sides and put a pizza stone in the center.  For a gas grill, turn the outer burners on with the pizza stone in the center.  For a kamado grill, set up for indirect heat with a heat diffuser (Big Green Egg use plate setter legs down).
  2. Place meatballs and pasta sauce in a pan and simmer according to package directions. 
  3. Mix the butter, Italian seasoning and garlic salt in a small pan over medium heat until melted.
  4. Lightly spray the inside of the ramekin and the outer edge (where the dough will wrap) with non-stick spray.
  5. Unroll the pizza dough and cut circles that are 1/2" wider than the mouth of the ramekin.
  6. Place 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella in each ramekin.
  7. Mix the meatballs, sauce, pasta, and remaining cup of mozzarella together.  Fill each ramekin with 3-4 meatballs and the sauce pasta mixture.
  8. Top each ramekin with dough and seal the edges around the ramekin top.  Brush with the garlic herb butter.
  9. Bake until golden brown according to the pizza dough instructions, about 15 to 20 minutes in most castes.
  10. To serve:   Handle ramekins with heat resistant gloves.   Top the pot pie with a plate and turn them both ever.  Carefully lift and twist the ramekin to remove it, leaving the pot pie crust as a bowl topped with the spaghetti and meatballs.  Garnish with fresh basil, parmesan cheese if desired.
One of the things I like about working with Johnsonville is that I get to try out their newest products as they become available, like their new Johnsonville Meatballs and Johnsonville Sausage Slices.  I was curious to try the meatballs since they are made with premium cuts of pork instead of the beef meatballs that I normally make.  All 3 of us liked the meatballs, they were big, flavorful, and moist. 

These meatballs are 40% larger than competing products (24g vs 14g) and come in three varieties, Classic Italian, Three Cheese, and Homestyle.   The bigger size makes them perfect for a quick and tasty meatball sub, which is how I finished off this package. 

Depending on the size of your ramekins, you might be able to cut all tops from just one package of dough, especially if you stretch the dough out first.  We didn't stretch it, we wanted a thick crust.

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Cutting out the crusts.

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Meatballs are the star of this show so make sure every pie gets at least 3. 

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To seal the crust, lightly press and tuck all of the was around the edge.

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The garlic herb butter is used to make the crust taste like garlic bread.

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Sure you can do this in the oven....but you know me.

I got this batch a little too dark but they were still delicious.
 Instead of eating these like regular pot pies, you dump these upside down... that the crust becomes a crunchy, garlicky, edible bowl!  My favorite part is the cheese on the bottom of the ramekin.  It gets crispy and gooey while cooking and ends up on top as a delicious crust, like baked spaghetti.

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The Johnsonville Meatballs and Johnsonville Sausage Slices started shipping to some locations in October and will be available nationwide over the next two months.   I plan to pick up another package or two to keep in the freezer to have on hand for quick meals. 

[Standard Disclaimer]  I received these free samples from Johnsonville.


  1. Genius!! I remember when those first surfaced on the forums. Totally forgot about it until now. Moved to the top of my to-do list. I'll keep my eye out for those meatballs.

  2. Great looking pot pies that taste delicious, I'm sure. I will be on the lookout for the meatballs, I'm assuming in the freezer section???

  3. Wow! I've never seen a spaghetti pot pie - brilliant! not to mention scrumptious!!
    Mary x

  4. I can see why these are a hit. They are a great casual dish that is fun to enjoy-and super kid friendly too.


  5. How fun and I bet kids would really go for these. Great step-by-step instructions and great how-to photos Chris.

  6. I have to give these a try - I guess this is the semi-homemade version.

  7. You do your fellow waddlers no service when you don't issue a "Highly Addictive" warning! I made these the day you first posted them, way back when, and I probably make them at least once a month if not more...highly addictive, fattening, and seriously good!

  8. Brilliant! Seriously... you have me drooling right now.

  9. Chris, this just sounds so dog-gone good and It's nice to know that they make meatballs. That's another thing I'd like to try.

  10. Now this is a pot pie I could totally get behind... LOVE this idea!!

  11. I love what you did with these. I'm now seeing many many unconventional pot pies in my near future!

  12. I love the pizza crust idea! Yum!

  13. This is such an amazing idea that we'll definitely be trying very soon! Pinning!


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