Spaghetti and Meatball Nest Recipe

Speghetti and Meatballs nest

Spaghetti and Meatballs Nest


For Meatballs:
• 1/2 pound ground beef
• 1 shallot, minced
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
• 2 tablespoons finely grated cheese
• 1 large egg, beaten
• 1 Tbsp  parsley, finely chopped
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For Spaghetti Meatballs nest:
• 8 ounces dry spaghetti
• 1 large egg, beaten
• 1/4 cup finely grated cheese
• 3 Tbsp olive oil
• 1/2 cup tomato sauce


1. For the meatballs take a bowl combine the beef, shallots, garlic, breadcrumbs, cheese, egg, parsley, salt, and pepper. Form into 6 (1-inch) balls. Set aside.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil spaghetti.

3. Boil spaghetti for about 7 minutes. Drain and cool.

4. Once cool add the spaghetti to a large bowl and toss with egg and cheese until combined. Twist the spaghetti into 6 nests using a fork and a ladle. Let rest in the refrigerator as you prepare the meatballs.

5. In a 12-inch high-sided skillet (i.e. pan) over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add meatballs and brown on all sides. Remove meatballs from pan.

6. Wipe the pan clean and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Very carefully add each “nest” then turn the heat to medium. Cook for 2 minutes so the nests hold their shape. Add a browned meatball to the center of each nest.

7. Pour the sauce between the nests. Grate cheese over the top. Cover with lid and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.

8. To serve, add each nest to a plate and garnish with freshly grated cheese.


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