Lightened-Up Italian Pasta Nests


by: savortherainbow

These "nests" taste like spaghetti carbonara without all the extra fat. They make for a perfect snack, appetizer, or a side dish. Very easy to make and are extremely satisfying and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Bake these today and take them to any social events such as baby or bridal showers.


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serves: 12

8 oz thin spaghetti (or angel hair pasta)

1 cup fat free half -half

1 cup parmesan

3 oz canadian bacon

2 large eggs

1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth

1 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg, grated

1 tsp sriracha (or hot sauce)

3 tbs chopped fresh basil

Green olives stuffed with pimentos (optional) *

Nutrition Facts
Lightened-Up Italian Pasta Nests

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount per Serving

Calories: 130

  • Total Fat: 6.8 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 2.9 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 46.9 mg
  • Sodium: 417.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 8.3 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
  •     Sugars: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 8.5 g

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1.  Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 12-cup muffin tin. Bring water to boil. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta and set aside.

2.  Whisk cream, 3/4 cup parmesan, canadian bacon, broth, salt, pepper, nutmeg, sriracha in bowl. Add pasta and toss.

3.  Using tongs, portion pasta mixture into prepared muffin cups, twisting pasta to form even nests. Pour any remaining sauce evenly over pasta, sprinkle with remaining parmesan, and press 1 olive into each nest.

4.  Bake until centers are set and tops are golden brown, 20-25 min, rotating tin halfway through baking. Let nests cool in pan for about 5 minutes. Run small knife around edges, unmold, and serve.

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Christina P


looks unique and tasty