Can I Make "Beautiful Nests of Spaghetti & Meatballs"? (National Spaghetti Day, Jan. 4!)
This looked like a way to trick yourself into eating less pasta and the plating of spaghetti & meatballs into beautiful little nests from Tastemade's YouTube looked channel looked so pretty that I had to try it. :)
You are just making spaghetti & meatballs with a couple little twists and then plating it (or trying to plate it :) ) in a cute little nest with 1 meatball on top.
I did it a little bit differently than in the video. They add an egg and parmesan to their cooked spaghetti. I used Angel Hair (which is thinner), which I don't think really impacted things in this recipe. Angel Hair is nice because it's so thin that it cooks really fast. I also didn't have parmesan on hand that day and so I added a little fresh mozzarella in there to make it cheesy.
Adding a whole egg to the cooked pasta kind of makes it part of the sauce like a carbonara and the egg probably helps with the shaping of the pasta into a nest a little bit better. It adds some protein too. You could try leaving it out if you want.
What I used:
- Angel Hair
- Meatballs (cooking in the background)
- Marinara sauce
- Parmesan and/or Fresh Mozzarella
- 1 whole egg (per 8 oz. of pasta)
- Salt & pepper
Note regarding meatballs: You don't want to make your meatballs too big for this recipe or the meatball will fall out of the nest. Haha. :) You can use whatever meatball mixture you want or buy frozen meatballs. I just made meatballs from scratch using ground beef, Italian breadcrumbs, 1 egg, and salt & pepper.
In a bowl, whisk 1 egg and your cheese (parmesan and/or fresh mozzarella). Then add your cooked pasta and mix it all together.
Using a fork in your dominant hand and a spoon in the other, twirl some pasta into beautiful little nests. This is harder than it looks! I now have total respect the pasta twirling I've seen at Italian restaurants, on the Food Network and that I see in the YouTube videos, haha. :)
I got one 1 good nest (right). Haha. :)
In the video, they put their pasta nests in the fridge to chill and then added pasta/meatballs to a pan and cooked it with marinara sauce all together. I was hungry, so I just put the pasta and meatballs together on a plate and ate it. The way I did it, I also made a pouring video of the sauce on the spaghetti nest and meatballs (see below).
RESULT: Success. :)
We are good at this. -- with a period and not an exclamation point, haha. :) Because as I mentioned above pasta twirling is harder than it looks and I only got 1 good nest. However, I was proud of that nest, haha. Then I poured some marinara sauce on it and ate it (see video below). Yum!
You are eating less pasta than you normally would with spaghetti & meatballs with these little nests, so the plating is not only pretty, but it tricks you into eating less. I had 3 little nests for dinner and still less pasta than usual.
Even if you can't really make the nests like me, it doesn't really matter. It's fun and it all tastes good. :)
Give it a try! We are good at this!