Cheeseburger Spaghetti Pie

*Cheeseburger Spaghetti Pie*
Serves 6

All the flavours of your favourite cheeseburger baked in a spaghetti crust.

For the Crust:
6 ounces uncooked vermicelli or spaghetti
1 large free range egg
1 TBS prepared mustard

For the filling:
1 pound extra lean minced beef
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 cup cooked real bacon pieces (about 4 slices)
2 cups marinara sauce
1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
9 burger slice pickles

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Spray a 9 1/2 inch glass pie dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Set aside.

Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.  Drain well.  Beat the egg and mustard together in a large bowl.  Toss in the cooked pasta.  Toss together to coat evenly, then press the spaghetti mixture into the prepared pie dish, pushing the mixture up the sides to form a crust.

Crumble the meat into a large nonstick skillet.  Add the onion and sprinkle with the seasoned salt.  Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until the meat is no longer pink.  Drain well.  Stir in the bacon and tomato sauce.  Spoon this mixture evenly into the spaghetti lined pie dish.  Sprinkle with half of the cheese.

Bake for half an hour.  Top with the pickle slices and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.  Bake for an additonal 10 to 15 minutes, or until thoroughly heated and the cheese is melted.  Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges to serve.

I like to serve this with a nice tossed salad on the side and some crusty french bread.