Pasta Pie (The Kids Cook Monday)

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Pasta pie is an occasional treat that our boys always have fun making. I’d never heard of pasta pie until Michael and I started dating and he took me to the original Generous George’s in Alexandria, an institution known for its eye-popping colorful décor and filling pasta pies, which is simply a pizza pie topped with various creative pasta toppings. The Alexandria restaurant closed last year, a victim of the economy, but Michael is carrying on the tradition in our home making pasta pies with our boys. Their favorite topping is spaghetti and meatballs, but you can put any kind of pasta on top of a pasta pie. I say go for lots of vegetables, sneak some spinach in there, whatever you can get your kids to eat.

Now for the pizza dough, use whatever recipe you prefer. We have several different recipes we use, including one from Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day that we like. If you haven’t tried the Artisan Bread in Five method yet, I highly recommend it. We’ve done it for several years, and it’s truly easy, you just need a a bucket with a lid and some space in your frig. If you prefer a more traditional method, the recipe below is how we make a part whole wheat pizza dough. We use a stand mixer, but you can also do this completely by hand.

Here’s how to make the pizza dough, as demonstrated by Hockey Guy, 9 years old.

Andrea Meyers - Measuring ingredients for pizza dough.

Measure the flour, yeast, and salt and add to the mixing bowl.

Andrea Meyers - Add the warm water, honey, and olive oil.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the honey, olive oil, and warm water. Stir well.

Andrea Meyers - Knead the dough and scrape down the bowl.

Knead with the dough hook until the dough comes together in a ball. Use a spatula to scrape any flour and bits off the sides of the bowl as necessary. Then shape it into a ball and let it rise in another bowl.

Andrea Meyers - Roll the pizza dough.

Roll each round of dough.

Andrea Meyers - Pat the pizza dough into the pan.

Pat it into an 8-inch pan and bake, then top with your favorite pasta.

Make sure to visit The Kids Cook Monday for more recipes to cook with your kids.

How Adults Can Help the Kids

  • Demonstrate and assist with any tasks that might be new: measuring, stirring, using a rolling pin.

Safety Tips

  • Make sure an adult is present at all times and supervises uses the stand mixer.
  • Teach children to keep hands out of the bowl when the stand mixer is running.

PASTA PIE

Makes 4 8-inch pies.

Equipment

stand mixer with dough hook and paddle attachments
large mixing bowl
plastic wrap
4 8-inch cake pans, lightly coated with olive oil and coated with coarse cornmeal

Ingredients

2 cups (270 g) bread flour
1-1/4 cups (160 g) whole wheat flour
4 teaspoons instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1-1/4 cups (300 ml) warm water, not more than 115° F/46° C
3 teaspoons honey
4 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation

1. In the bowl of the stand mixer, whisk together the bread flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, and salt. Make a well in the middle and stir in the warm water, honey, and olive oil. Use the paddle attachment to stir the ingredients together until it’s combined, then attach the dough hook and knead until the dough on a medium low speed until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. (Note: You can also do this all by hand.)

2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and turn a couple times until it’s shaped like a ball. Spritz the large mixing bowl with olive oil and turn the ball of dough around in the bowl a couple times until it’s coated with olive oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place to rise until the dough doubles, about 90 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 450° F/230° C.

4. Punch down the dough and divide it into 4 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and roll into a round. Spritz each 8-inch cake pan with olive oil and sprinkle coarse corn meal in the bottom. Pat the pizza dough in the bottom of the pan, pressing it into the edges.

5. Bake in the preheated oven until the pizzas are golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the pans immediately and cut in half or quarters, then top with your favorite pasta dish.

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Comments

  1. Ostrakos says

    Generous George’s in Alexandria, VA serves their pasta on a pizza crust in lieu of giving you bread. I always loved the concept.

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