One of my favorite childhood memories from the holidays was helping my mom bake and cook. From cookies for our neighbors to dinner on Christmas Eve, I was able to get my hands dirty and create something delicious. It was such a special time that led to my passion for cooking and baking later.
Today I have brought you a recipe that is fun to make with your kids this holiday season (or whenever!), and even more fun for your kids to eat. It’s like a mini dinner packed into a muffin shape. Enjoy these spaghetti nests with a dash of Mama Jess Garden Organic Pasta Sauce.
Mini Spaghetti Nests
- 8 oz spaghetti (you can substitute vegan or whole wheat spaghetti)
- 1 lb grass fed ground beef
- ¾ cup ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 jar Mama Jess Garden Organic Pasta Sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large skillet, heat the ground beef, stirring until properly browned. Season with salt and pepper.
- While the beef browns, boil a large pot of water and cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain, and place back into the pot. Stir in olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking together.
- When the beef is done, pour 1/4 of the Mama Jess sauce into the pan, stirring well to combine.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl, whip the ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese together, as well as some salt and pepper.
- Pour the rest of the jar of Mama Jess Garden Organic Pasta Sauce over spaghetti, stirring to evenly coat.
- Take two non-stick muffin pan (spray if it is not non-stick) and add forkfuls of the spaghetti into the muffin tins, filling them each about 2/3 of the way. Next, spoon a bit of the ricotta and Parmesan mixture on top, using the bottom of the spoon to create a “bowl”. Then, add a spoonful of ground beef into each bowl. Finally, top each spaghetti nest with shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes to melt the cheese, or longer to cause it to brown and crisp. Carefully remove the spaghetti nests using a spoon before eating.
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