These Spaghetti Nests with Meatball Eggs are a ‘tweet’ and fun way to serve spaghetti and meatballs to the kids.

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Ingredients (makes 7 nests)

  • FOR THE MEATBALLS
  • 1 Cup Beef mince
  • 1/4 small Onion, diced super fine
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg, beaten (you wont need it all, probably around half only)
  • Dried parsley
  • Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
  • Onion salt
  • FOR THE NESTS
  • 1/2 packet Spaghetti
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 10 Baby spinach leaves, sliced thinly (plus extra to serve)
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 Jar Basic pasta sauce
  • Pretzel sticks (to serve)

Method

  1. Cook the spaghetti in salted water until tender. Do not overcook. Drain and allow pasta to cool slightly.
  2. Combine the spaghetti with the egg, spinach, salt, pepper and Parmesan, and mix well to combine. Place small amounts into a greased non-stick muffin tin, making sure it has a well in the centre and resembles a nest. You may need to use clean hands for this bit!
  3. Place into a pre heated oven for approximately 15 minutes or until the egg has set, and nests hold their shape. Do not overcook or the pasta will become dry and hard. Remove and leave in tin for 10 minutes
  4. To make the meatballs, mix all ingredients together, roll into tiny balls, and cook in a dash of olive oil in a hot frying pan. They only take a few minutes to brown up and cook through.
  5. Heat the sauce over a gentle heat and when warm, place a bit into the bottom of each bowl. Add a nest and some meatball eggs to it. You can also add some leaves (baby spinach) or twigs (pretzel sticks) to garnish if you want to

Notes... I usually make this when I am making spaghetti and meatballs for the adults and just use some of the spaghetti and mince and make these for the kids. I've adapted the recipe so you can make just these if you prefer. I also usually make a big batch of pasta sauce too and use that as the base, but to keep it simple a jar is fine to use and saves a lot of time. Once I have presented them to the kids, I cut up and mix the sauce through the whole lot for them.

  • This is so creative and would be great for any spagetti recipe thanks for sharing

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  • Oh wow, how creative is this?

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  • Oh those nests are pretty cool

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  • Looks cute. I would make vegetarian “meat balls”

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  • These look wonderful and very healthy

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  • These would be a great idea for young children.

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  • Great little meal to get the kids excited to eat their tea. Hide some veggies in those meatballs and in the sauce….perfecto!

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  • These look so cool. I am way too lazy to make them though haha. Very impressive.

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  • Always coming up with something different! Well done .. these look great x

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  • Wow! Love this spaghetti and meatballs recipe – the nests are just so unique and fun looking too.

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  • How creative are these! Wish I had the time to put this kind of effort into meal times

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  • Your spaghetti nest looks amazing! Will give this a go next time we have spaghetti!

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  • HOW georgeous the spaghetti looks too beautiful to eat it’s certainly very appealing for fussy eater.

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  • What a lovely idea! It looks so stylish. I will have to try this one. Thank you for the inspiration!!


    • It does look stylish – a good meal to impress guests.

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