Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a variation on the Greek spinach pie, Spanokopita. Spaghetti is used instead of filo leaves. It's easier to make and tastes great the next day.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook spaghetti al dente, rinse, drain and set aside.
  2. Cook spinach til tender; drain and place in bowl. Add 1 tblsp olive oil, lemon juice and rind to spinach; mix well, set aside.
  3. Saute onions with spices in the 2 tblsp olive oil until transparent.Stir in rice, water and raisins; heat through; set aside.
  4. In separate bowl, stir eggs with salt and pepper. Add cottage cheese and mix well; set aside.
  5. Combine bread crumbs, paprika, butter and set aside.
  6. In a 13 x 9 oiled pan, layer: 1/2 of the onions, then 1/3 of the spaghetti, next all the spinach, then 1/3 spaghetti, then all the cheese, then remaining onions, then remaining spaghetti.
  7. Sprinkle on the topping.Dab on more butter if desired.
  8. Bake 350 degrees, for 1/2 hour. Lay a piece of foil over top and continue to bake for another 35 minutes or til done.
  9. Allow to cool/set for a half hour before cutting.
  10. Top servings with dollops of yogurt if desired.
Most Helpful

I made a half recipe of this dish w/1 sml chg. I used fresh spinach, added garlic to that mixture as a pers pref & otherwise followed the recipe as written. Even a half recipe filled a 10-in rd baking dish & IMO would easily serve 6-8 as a side dish. DH is a meat & potatoes guy, but I like finding good pasta dishes to add greater variety to our meals. I served this w/oven-baked fish fillets & liked the starch & veggie parts of our meal combined in 1 dish. This was very flavourful, but DH & I were true to form here as I found it in need of salt & he did not. DH said the crispy texture of some of the spaghetti on the top layer was not much to his liking, so I will prob chg the layering a bit next time. All this said, we liked this dish a lot & it definitely will be repeated. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us.

twissis April 12, 2007

Wonderful! Despite the seemingly long prep ai is very easy. I made half the amount but wish I had made more! It is very forgiving I forgot to halve the spices but it was still tasty! This is definately a keeper! Thanks Kathy!

PinkCherryBlossom September 27, 2006

I cooked this up tonight for dinner and it was very good. Mild, so I added a little butter and salt. I halved the recipe, using frozen spinach and whole wheat spaghetti. Thank you for a nice dinner! I'm glad I picked you for the Pick a Chef! ;)

Sharon123 November 23, 2004