March 14, 2024

Pi Day Fun!

We don’t have a lot of set traditions in our home. In fact, we often say that our tradition is no tradition. I don’t know if that makes sense but we aren’t tied to anything so we often very flexible with our plans. No Thanksgiving holiday ever looks the same for us and that keeps it interesting. One holiday we DO get serious about celebrating is Pi day. I mean, a day to eat pies and be silly, I’m all in. Our holiday has looked different through the years. In seasons with more time, we have baked things like Pasta Pie or quiche. In busier times, we pushed the easy button with grocery store pies  and pizza “pies.” Again, there is no set tradition other than finding way to make it fit into our current life, whatever that looks like each year.

I thought I’d share a couple of our favorite Pi Day recipes here, in case anyone feels inspired to celebrate today. Or do it your own way. Freezer pizza even counts! Zero pressure other than to have fun with it and smile.  🥧

Pasta Pie:

This recipe was found on Noble Pig.

Ingredients:
1 lb Rigatoni pasta
2 T. olive oil, divided
1 lb. ground beef
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 t. freshly ground pepper
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
butter, for pan
salt
1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
8 oz. coarsely grated mozzarella cheese

Instructions:
1. Cook pasta in large pot of salted water until slightly underdone.  When done, rinse in cold water and drain again. Toss pasta with 1T. olive oil and set aside.

2. In large skillet, heat 1 T. olive oil over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Add garlic, 1 t. salt and pepper. Cook 2 more minutes.

3. Add crushed tomatoes; simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes.

4. Toss pasta with parmesan cheese. Butter a 9-inch springform pan. Tightly pack pasta into pan, standing each piece on end.

5. Spread meat sauce on top of pasta. Push the meat sauce into the pasta holes, filling each one up. This can be tricky so I like to use chopsticks to push the meat into the pasta. This can also be more time consuming than you would imagine.

6. Bake for 15 minutes in 400 degree oven. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and bake for another 10-15 minutes until cheese is golden. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge to loosen and then take off springform pan edge.

7. Cut into pie wedges. Serve with additional meat sauce on top. Enjoy!

 

Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

Recipe from food.com

This is the recipe I seem to make whenever I have ripe bananas and I want to make a pie without going to the store for anything. Usually I have all these items on hand.

Ingredients:
1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked (or make your own)
3 cups whole milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 t. salt
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 T. butter
1 t. vanilla
3 bananas

Instructions:
1. Have baked 9-inch pie shell ready

2. In large saucepan, scald the milk

3. In another saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt; gradually stir in the scalded milk

4. Over medium heat, stirring constantly, cook until thickened.

5. Cover and, stirring occasionally, cook for 2 minutes longer

6. In a small bowl, have the 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten, ready; stir a small amount of the hot mixture into beaten yolks; when thoroughly combined, stir yolks into hot mixture.

7. Cook for one minute longer, stirring constantly

8. Remove from heat and blend in the butter and vanilla

9. Let sit until lukewarm.

10. When ready to pour, slice bananas and scatter in pie shell; pour warm mixture over bananas.

11. Serve with whipped cream and fresh sliced bananas on top. Enjoy!

Have a GREAT Pi day!!!

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