Spaghetti And Cheese Nests

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Spaghetti And Cheese Nests

     INGREDIENTS:

  •      10 ounces dry Whole Wheat Spaghetti (or gluten-
  •      -free option)
  •      1/2 cup grated regular or low fat Cheddar Cheese
  •      1 cup fat free or low fat Cottage Cheese
  •      Olive Oil
  •      pinch Garlic Salt
  •      1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  •      1 teaspoon Tumeric
  •      1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  •      shaved Parmesan for garnish

 

 

 

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8-12 servings

    “These spaghetti nests get a bit crispy on top & warm & creamy in the centers after they are baked. You can also add chunks of chicken breast & small bits of diced steamed broccoli to make a more complete meal. Perhaps you use larger ramekins for baking if you want to go a bit bigger in portion size.”

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Pre heat oven to 425 F with the rack in the center of the oven. Cook pasta according to directions, reserve 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Be sure not to break spaghetti while cooking so you can twirl it into nests. Combine cottage cheese and cheddar cheese in a bowl. Toss cooked pasta with a splash of olive oil, all spices and seasonings. Add some of the reserved cooking liquid if you need to. Mix with cheese mixture. Reserve a bit of cheese to top each nest.
    2. Twirl spaghetti with a fork and add to muffin pan, create nest shapes. Top each nest with a bit of the cottage cheese mixture. Bake for about 10 minutes. The tops of your nests will be lightly browned and a bit crispy. Let cool for a few minutes. Gently loosen spaghetti nests from muffin pans with a spatula and serve. Top with parmesan & dried basil or parsley if desired.

    Variations

    • You can try different spices in your spaghetti nests: chili powder, cayenne, thyme, saffron, nutmeg, cumin, etc…would all be fun & unique flavor twists.
    • You can play around linguine, angel hair and other pasta shapes.
    • Try flavored pasta: Spinach, cabernet, etc.
    • Go gluten free: You can use your favorite rice pasta or gluten free product in this recipe too.
    • Stay on the Meatless Monday kick & up the protein with chunks of tofu or top with an egg.
    • More protein non-veg style? Go with some cubed cooked chicken breast. Toss it in before baking.

     

    adapted from:http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2010/09/14/three-cheese-spaghetti-nests/#.UXATAKs5zYJ