Off from work, so we decided to head to Ikea in Hicksville and bought all the meatballs, beef, chicken, vegetables, lox, and everything else you could think of. I’ve suffered long enough with my flimsy and aged kitchen gadgets, so I bought new ones (I still forgot to get hanging hooks for my improvised hanging kitchen rack). Anyway I couldn’t wait to make these spaghetti nests so if you have a muffin pan, you’re good to go though I personally I just threw out my old one so I’m going to use some ramekins instead.
These are the only 4 ingredients you’re going to need. Go ahead and make your own meatballs if you want, I just personally didn’t have time. You also can use turkey or beef meatballs from different stores, but I just love the ones from IKEA, the famous Swedish furniture store.
half of a 45 oz. bottle of Ragu spaghetti or marinara sauce
half of a 13.25 oz. box of Barilla whole grain thin spaghetti
half of 35.3 oz. bag of chicken meatballs (mine are from IKEA, “Kycklingkötbular”)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup any kind of shredded cheese
1. Boil 10 cups of water and add spaghetti for 6 minutes, drain in a colander, rinse with cold water, drain well, mix in with Parmesan and shredded cheeses in a huge bowl. Mix well with the spaghetti.
2. Boil the chicken meatballs in marinara sauce for 10 – 15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through. Set aside.
3. In a muffin pan or into each ramekin, spray with Pam then with your clean hand, put the spaghetti in, making indentations in the middle for the “nest.”
4. Bake them at 400º F oven for 15 minutes until they really solidify into birds nests. Take them off the oven and put 2 meatballs in the middle and add only 1 tablespoon of the sauce on top of the nest.
5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at the same 400º F, then take them off the oven and let rest on the dining table.
6. Loosen the edges around the ramekins or holes of the muffin pan and scoop them off onto a plate.
7. To prevent them from breaking, put a small plate on top and turn it upside down, then repeat so that the servings are right side up. Sprinkle some scallions and cilantro, or if you prefer, just parsley.
8. You can put the leftover spaghetti into the pot with chicken meatballs and sauce for some regular spaghetti and meatballs you can serve yourself and your family.
So here it is folks, two chicken “eggs” inside a spaghetti nest!
As always, Peaches, Masarap!