Happy Friday! I love finding inspiration online, and my friend Erica pointed me to an Instagrammer who I recently started to follow, and she said “Biz you have to make these!” They are like pasta birds nests!
I decided to switch her recipe up just a bit – I subbed in one cup cooked pasta and one package of Natural Heaven Hearts of Palm Spaghetti. You can find it on Amazon.com here.
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Here is the inspiration photo:
I pretty much used her same recipe, except mixing in the hearts of palm pasta and I reduced the eggs to 3 because, well – we are rationing them these days!
Pasta Birds Nests
This was inspired by an Instagrammer named Diane Morrissey. I subbed in Natural Heaven Hearts of Palm Spaghetti in place of some of the pasta, and reduced the eggs, otherwise the recipe is just like Diane’s – thank you!
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 12 nests 1x
- 1 cup cooked pasta
- 1 package Natural Heaven Hearts of Palm spaghetti
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach (Diane used arugula)
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup jarred marinara
- 3 ounces mini meatballs (I used 3 ounces of ground sirloin) to make 24 balls
- 1.25 ounces part skim mozzarella cheese
- chopped basil or parsley for garnish
Heat oven to 375. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray.
Mix the pasta, hearts of palm, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, baby spinach, crushed red pepper and eggs together. Divide mixture between the muffin tins. Press an indent in the middle of the “nest.”
Bake for 20 minutes. Add a tablespoon of marinara in each nest, divide the shredded mozzarella and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Add two mini meatballs in the next and garish with basil or parsley.
Since my meatballs were so small, I didn’t need a binder – only salt and pepper and I cooked in a non-stick skillet for about 3 minutes – they didn’t take long to cook!
On #teamblue and #teampurple on WW, each next is 1 point – #teamgreen has to add the eggs 😀
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These were so easy to make, and would be a fun cooking project for kids – let them mix all the ingredients with their hands – well, make sure they wash them first!
I hope everyone has a great weekend – I hope to be back up and running next week with daily posts – I’ve missed you guys! I’ve been working on some behind the blog stuff and it’s almost finished so I’ll be back to my regular programming.
Be well – be safe – have a nice Easter if you can social distancing yourself – and I’ll see you on Monday!