Total Time
3hrs 45mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 3 hrs 10 mins

Three words-- OH MY GOSH!!!! This is a recipe from Adriana's restaurant on The Hill in St. Louis, one of the greatest Italian neighborhoods in the country. This pie is so good it will leave you wanting more, even when you're full. It makes a LOT of extra sauce for you to save and use as you wish. I also make this ahead by only baking it for 15 minutes at first, then freezing it and baking it for an hour at a later time. Can you say "meat crust?" You will from now on... p.s. a reviewer says the recipe also appears on with slight variations.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Read directions all the way through first********* Meat Crust: Mix ground beef, parsley, bread crumbs, onion, eggs, 1/2 cup parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl very gently.
  2. Do not overmix.
  3. Put mixture into lightly greased 10-inch pie plate or 11" x 7" casserole dish.
  4. Shape crust so that it's about 1" thick.
  5. Tomato Basil Sauce:.
  6. In large pot, cook garlic and red pepper flakes in oil on low heat for 4 minutes only.
  7. Add tomatoes, paste, water, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, sugar and basil leaves.
  8. Bring to boil.
  9. Reduce to low heat.
  10. Add chunk of Romano cheese and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
  11. Filling:.
  12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  13. Mix the filling (3 cups cooked pasta, 1/2 pound mozzarella, 1/2 pound provolone, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and 2 cups tomato basil sauce) in a bowl.
  14. Scoop into meat crust.
  15. Bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  16. Let cool for at least 15 minutes.
  17. Top each slice with tomato basil sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


Most Helpful

Thank you so much for this recipe. It's scrumptious! I felt like a real Italian chef (just plunking a chunk of rich provolone right in the sauce, etc.) I wish I'd read the review about covering the top, because the cheese did burn somewhat by the end of the cooktime, but just made the whole thing more rustic! One suggestion about the time of preparation--despite the caution to read the whole thing through, I didn't allow enough time (or we would have been eating at midnight!), so I cooked the sauce about 20 minutes, and spooned the 2 cups into the dish and put it in the oven. By the time the dish was done, the remainder of the sauce had slow cooked the way it was supposed to, and spooning it on top was just the heavenliest flavor. Maybe it's better with the whole time incorporated to begin with, but I can't imagine! Also, we aren't red meat eaters, so this was done with ground turkey, and still we are rapturous. Thank you!

Vicki Kaye September 09, 2011

Very good! It went very well with a small salad and garlic bread. It tasted like a big meatball with marinara sauce and cheesy pasta. I cut back on the sugar, and I used tiny sea shells. I made half the of the sauce recipe and still had plenty left over. I froze the remainder sauce. I also covered the pie with foil for the first half hour so the cheese and shells would not dry out and burn. Then I removed the foil for the rest of the baking time. I baked it for 1 hour and 15 minutes. I think next time I will just lower the oven temp to 325 degrees and bake it for 1 hour and 30 minutes then I won't have to cover the pasta pie. No way will this amount fit into a 10 inch pie plate! I put mine into a 13 inch pie plate and there was still plenty! I think next time I will put it into 2 pie plates, freezing one of them.

Olive* February 20, 2009

I have to agree with you Anchor girl OMG! The sauce was great it had so much flavor. I froze the left over to use on pasta. It was on the sweeter side and I did cut back to 1/2 cup sugar but I thought it was perfect! Great dish when it was all done. Thanks again!

JFitz September 08, 2011

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