Bird’s Nest Pasta

Birds nest Pasta - kids creative food

Bird’s Nest Pasta

On cold days like today, we yearn to hear the birds singing as it’s a sign that’s it’s warm outside. Mother Nature is not on our side today,  so you will have to make due with your pop!TOT singing your praises after making your classic Spaghetti and Meatballs into the cutest little bird’s nest.

Super easy and super cute.

* TIP: Want to avoid even less cooking? Purchase pre-made meatballs and eliminate 20 minutes from the prep! We personally enjoy the process, but it’s totally up to you!

The details are below!

Birds Nest Pasta - Chef Baby BearChef Baby Bear shows off her Bird’s Nest Pasta.

Birds Nest Spaghetti  Ground BeefSeason the meat.

Birds Nest Pasta
Boil the pasta.

Birds nest Pasta - egg
Crack the eggs.

Birds nest Pasta - egg mix
Mix the eggs into the meat.

Birds nest Pasta - flour
Flour your board.

Birds nest Pasta - hand roll ball
Roll the meat into balls.

Birds nest Pasta - hand rollChef Baby Bear uses her hands here.

Birds nest Pasta - rollLook at that meat!

Birds Nest Pasta - Cook
Cook the meat

Birds nest Pasta - sauceMake your sauce.

Birds nest Pasta - kids creative food 2The Bird’s Nest Pasta is Complete!

Birds Nest Pasta - Adult
Here’s the adult version.

pop!INGREDIENTS

MEAT (Bird)

  • 1lb cup ground turkey or beef
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 1 box Spaghetti Pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Oregano

PASTA (Nest)

  • 1 box of spaghetti
  • 1 jar marina Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Adobo

DECORATE

  • 1/4 teaspoon Cheese (feta, mozzarella, etc. for eyes)
  • Orange pepper, carrot or orange peel (for Beak)
  • Cilantro or celery stalk (for leaves)

pop!DIRECTIONS

PASTA

  1. Boil water, add pasta, cook and drain. Set aside.
  2. Add a tiny amount of olive oil or butter so the pasta does not stick to each other.
  3. Swirl the pasta with a fork to create the nest shape.  Create an indent in the center so the meatball can sit in place.

MEATBALLS

  1. Heat skillet over medium heat.
  2. Combine ingredients for meat and mix.
  3. Roll meat into 1 1/2 inch balls in flour and pan fry in 1/2 inch oil.
  4. Fry for about 10 minutes then flip over to fry the other side for another 10 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Remove from skillet and allow to cool.
  6. Use a sharp pointy knife to make the holes for the eyes. Remove the tiny piece inside so that our eyes can sit well.
  7. For the bird’s beak, cut a small section of the peel or carrot and cut 2 triangles less than a half inch wide.
  8. Create a small slice roughly the size of your beak and insert the beak.
  9. Garnish with cilantro or celery for greenery.
  10. Sauce your plate, add the pasta and top with the meatball.
  11. ENJOY!

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