So who says that a homecooked meal has to be complicated in order to be yummy and healthy? I’m all about cooking meals that are quick and easy to whip up for the family. Which is why today I’m sharing my recipe for Cheesy Spaghetti Nests!
Maybe it’s because of my Italian heritage, but spaghetti and meatballs is one of my all-time favorite things to eat!
Instead of just serving it in a bowl like I normally do, I decide to change it up a bit and create these spaghetti nests as sort of its own bowl, perfect to place a meatball on top. Genius, right?
All you have to do is combine spaghetti with some eggs, seasonings, cheese, and sauce. Using tongs, you twirl the pasta into a muffin tin to create the nests and bake. It’s that simple.
You can use any cheese you like. For the recipe below I used Parmesan and mozzarella, but I’ve also used ricotta to create creamier spaghetti nests.
The same goes for the sauce. For the recipe below I used Hoboken Farms Big Red Marinara sauce, but I could have just have easily used their Big Boss Vodka or Big Basil Tomato Basil sauce.
If I have them in the pantry, I also like to toast some pine nuts and add them into the mix. It gives the nests a little bit of nuttiness my family loves…
Get creative and use whatever cheese, sauces and add-ins (spinach, mushrooms, and olives come to mind) that sound or taste good to you!
Here’s how I made my Cheesy Spaghetti Nests:
1/2 package (8 ounces) thin spaghetti or angel hair,
2 cups marinara sauce
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup toasted pine nuts
1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
Pre-made meatballs (either homemade or store-bought)
Additional Parmesan cheese to top
- Preheat oven to 425°F
- Cook spaghetti to al dente following package directions. Drain spaghetti and place in a bowl.
- In the bowl, combine the spaghetti with the eggs, seasoning, cheeses, pine nuts and 1/2 cup sauce.
- Grease a nonstick muffin pan. Using tongs twirl the pasta into the muffin cups, filling each to the top. Make a little indentation in the center of each cup to create a nest.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until set.
- While spaghetti nests are baking, in a saucepan, heat premade meatballs and the remaining marinara sauce over medium heat until meatballs are heated through.
- Carefully remove the baked spaghetti nests from the muffin pan and place on a serving platter or plate. Spoon marinara sauce over the top of each nest and top with a meatball. Top with more sauce and sprinkle with grated cheese.
I like to make my Cheesy Spaghetti Nests in advance and place them in an airtight container in the fridge. On a night where I’m running late, I can just heat them up and have dinner on the table in a matter of minutes. These nest also work great at room temperature – I throw them right into the kids’ lunch boxes during the week as well!
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite meal to eat?
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