A tip of the hat to spring, these pasta 'nests' are filled with delicious sausage 'eggs', then covered in a blanket of sauce and cheese. A quick and delicious solution to family dinner!

Recipe Summary

10 mins
22 mins
32 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray the inside of 8 (4- or 5-inch) ramekins with cooking spray.

  • Heat sauce in a saucepan over medium-low heat.

  • Place sausage in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir, breaking up sausage into small pieces as it browns and loses its pink color, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain.

  • Line the bottom of prepared ramekins with a "nest" of cooked spaghetti, making sure the bottom is covered. Divide cooked sausage among the ramekins on top of pasta. Top with about 1/3 cup sauce, ensuring sausage is covered. Sprinkle enough mozzarella on top to cover.

  • Bake "nests" in preheated oven until cheese is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Allow to sit for five minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

This is fun to play around with. You could also "feather" the nest with some freshly chopped basil. The sauce is so flavorful, it doesn't' need extra seasoning which makes this a very simple and delicious meal to put together!

Nutrition Facts

387 calories; protein 17.5g; carbohydrates 53g; fat 11.6g; cholesterol 25.7mg; sodium 719.9mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
This is a fun way to make spaghetti. I bet kids would love to have little nests of their own. I used chicken hot italian sausage from Sprouts. Also I added hot pepper flakes because we love spicy! I've never been disappointed with Barilla brand products! Read More
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
These are so fun. Serving them in ramekins is clever. I didn't have mozzarella so I used pepperjack type cheese. I used Barilla gluten free spaghetti. Serve extra sauce on the side for anyone who might want it but as is we liked it. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
For a dish with so few ingredients this was one of the best meals we ve had in a long time. The directions called for baking the pasta nests in 4-5 ramekins but I opted to bake them in two mini cast iron skillets. Those two servings could have easily feed 4. This dish was even better after it had sat at room temperature for a couple of hours. In the past I ve used a different pasta sauce but that s going to change. Barilla past sauce has more of an Italian flavor without the tangy after taste. My only suggestion would be to boil the pasta first so that it s ready once the Italian sausage is cooked and drained. My only change to the recipe was to cook the pasta longer because we like ours a little past the al dente stage. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! Love the individual serving idea. I used barilla tomato basil sauce. Decided to toss spaghetti with a tad bit a butter and Parmesan before placing in ramekin. Husband finished every bite of his and practically licked the bowl. Winner dinner here! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very quick and easy! After assembling the first one the next 3 I decided to toss the spaghetti with some marinara first. We preferred the later better. The layer of mozzarella cheese was key and delicious! I even added a little parmigiana. Loved the presentation! Next time I make these I'm going to use my own homemade marinara although I was surprised at how well the barrila jar pasta sauce tasted. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made mini meatballs with sage flavored Jimmy Dean sausage to go in the spaghetti nests and added a dash of parmesan under the mozzarella. I used the Barilla Tomato Basil pasta sauce. These were so delicious and fun to make and serve! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is a nice recipe and I love how easy it can be scaled down for fewer servings. I think it could be improved by tossing the noodles in a little bit of butter and divide the mozzarella and use some in the noodles (even ricotta cheese could work) to ensure the nest stays together if served outside the ramekin. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is so simple yet so good! I added in some grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese to the pasta for an extra kick! This is the perfect weeknight meal! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
We enjoyed this easy to make recipe very much! Not a lot of fuss and the individual servings are great. I may toss the spaghetti in the sauce next time around then build it a called for. I also like to reserve a little sausage and sprinkle on top near the end of the oven cooking time. Thank you! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I added the cooked sausage to the sauce mixing it all together. Once baked I topped the 'nest' with fresh basil. Next time I will add onions and bell peppers to the sauce. Cute presentation! Read More