Crispy Spaghetti Nests

Have you ever thrown a few ingredients together in hopes that it’ll taste good, but the finished product blows your expectations away? Well, that’s where this recipe begins.

 A leftover container of cooked spaghetti was sitting in my fridge, begging to be eaten soon. After tossing the noodles into a pan of Marinara sauce, I felt defeated. Why am I making spaghetti in red sauce? Am I a teenager who barely knows how to cook?

Inspiration then struck to bake the pasta with eggs and parmesan cheese. By making little nests of pasta and letting them firm up in the oven for 20 minutes, I now had a spot for the eggs to cook. The resulting dish was simply delicious. The edges of the pasta nests were crispy while the velvety egg yolk oozed throughout.

Not only was this a filling dish, it only takes a few ingredients and you can mix and match to your desire. For instance, try tossing the spaghetti in pesto before baking, or use a duck egg if you’re craving a larger yolk!


  • Pre-heat oven to 375.
  • Cook pasta in boiling water. Drain.
  • Toss pasta in pasta sauce or pesto.
  • Make 2 separate pasta nests on a greased baking dish.
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove and crack a yolk in the center of each nest. Then grate Parmesan cheese over the eggs and pasta, plus season with salt & pepper.
  • Cook for 10 more minutes.
  • Remove and serve immediately in a warm bowl or plate.
  • You can also garnish with red pepper flakes, green onions, or herbed breadcrumbs.

Recipe Credit

James Nimmer is the Director of Partnerships & Engagement at Green Bean Delivery and has been with the company since early 2010. When he’s not spreading the word about local farmers, artisans and food events, you can find James cooking up new recipes in his kitchen, getting his hands dirty in his garden, or exploring restaurants throughout the Midwest. Follow his culinary adventures on Instagram: @JamesNimmer