Pi(e) Day Recipes You Don't Have to Be a Mathlete to Love
There's no competition: These are the dishes that count.
Happy National Pi Day! While there's an infinite number of ways you can celebrate today, we've rounded up seven of our best savory pies to make things easy for you. So, put away your calculators. It's pie time.
We know pasta might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear "pie." (OK, it's probably not even close.) But Food Network Kitchen's Rigatoni Pie is definitely worthy of your dinner table. It's got all the baked-pasta goodness you expect — think tomato sauce, cheese, garlic, pasta and more cheese — but thanks to a simple springform pan, you can stand the rigatoni at attention and cut the cooked dish into sectors. Voila! We give you pasta pie.
Ina Garten's 5-star Chicken Pot Pies are packed to the homemade-pastry brim. They come complete with succulent chicken, hearty peas, diced carrots and buttery onions — all amazing. But, really, how could any recipe that gives you your very own pie to enjoy not be?
Easter Pie is an Italian specialty you'll want to savor whether you can trace your roots to Italy or not. Make Giada De Laurentiis' flaky, phyllo-topped dish just once and we guarantee you'll be craving it year-round. The ricotta-based filling is flecked with orange zest, giving it a fresh flavor perfect for the season, and blended with powdered sugar; teetering between sweet and savory, this pie that can please all palates.
This hearty Shepherd's Pie is a great way to get kids (and grown-ups, for that matter) to eat their vegetables. No one can resist Alton Brown's creamy mashed potatoes, so be sure to spread them evenly across the entire pan so no bite is left out.
Love flavor-packed tamales but can't find the time for all that filling and wrapping on a weeknight? Let Chicken Tamale Pie make all your dreams come true. Cooked chicken and prepared salsa help this meal come together quickly, and the cheesy cornmeal topping couldn't be easier.
That golden-brown puff pastry is hiding not one but five savory surprises: angel hair pasta, mozzarella, spicy Italian sausage, tomato sauce and chopped spinach. Just be sure to invite your friends over, as this Puff Pastry-Wrapped Angel Hair Pasta Pie will feed a dozen hungry guests!
We're all about a flaky pie dough and, lucky for you, Valerie Bertinelli's sharing her mom's recipe. Even better, it makes a double portion — and you'll need only one for this dish! Make the impressive-yet-easy Quiche Valerie, then treat yourself to another pie. It's the best day for it, after all.