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Cheesy Pasta Nests

Another muffin tin recipe! I actually thought these tasted better the next day, they mellow in taste, reheating is easy, just a minute in the microwave. Kids will love them!

Cheesy Pasta Nests


  • 16 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups grated cheese, divided (used half white/half regular cheddar)
  • 16 ounce container low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp granulated garlic
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 425° and spray two 12 count muffin tins with cooking spray.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the pasta and cook for time on package (don’t break the pasta when adding). Reserve about ¼ cup of the pasta water before draining. Drain and toss with the olive oil in a large mixing bowl.

Mix 1 cup of the cheese, cottage cheese and seasonings together, stir in the reserved pasta water. Add to the spaghetti and toss to coat.

Using a fork, twirl the pasta in clumps and add to the tins. If there is any remaining cheese mixture in the bowl, scatter it over the nests. Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over the top.

Bake for 15 minutes. To pop out, stick a fork gently into the center of a nest and lift.

Makes 24.


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