Love Nests

READY IN: 40mins




  • Heat deep fry pan then add oil; fry onions for about 3 minutes; add garlic; fry additional 2 minutes until onions are soft.
  • Add in tomato paste; stir for about a minute until combined.
  • Add in diced tomatoes in tomato juice, bay leaf, anchovies, water, red pepper flakes and xylitol; adjust to personal taste.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 45 minutes.
  • In additional fry pan, fry pancetta and chorizo sausage meat until golden brown; add to marinara mixture.
  • Marinara done! :).
  • In a saucepan, add all bechamel ingredients (except cheese) and stir "continuously" with a wooden spoon until sauce thickens.
  • Heat oven to 180°C (350F).
  • Place breadcrumbs on a baking tray; bake for 5 minutes (until dry, not browned); remove; set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine ricotta and spinach.
  • Cook spaghetti in boiling salted water; cook for 7 minutes (al dente); drain; oil spray; set aside for about 10 minutes.
  • Place 1/2 cup of cooked pasta into a plastic measuring cup. Place the 1/4 plastic cup inside the cup with pasta. If you don't have plastic measuring cups, you get the idea that the spaghetti needs to be "packed" down tightly; can do by hand while pasta is "in" something.
  • QUICKLY, turn measuring cup over onto marinara sauce; be gentle but quick lol You want it so it looks like a mound.
  • G-E-N-T-L-Y, with the back of a teaspoon push down on the spaghetti to form a round hold without going through the bottom of the spaghetti. You can stop with the teaspoon fits inside the nest with a bit a room around it too!
  • Place 1 - 2 teaspoons of spinach ricotta mixture in the base of the nests. with a spoon (or with your fingers ;-) ) GENTLY push down until it covers the base. You do not want to push too hard that the nest will collapse. ;-).
  • Top with 1 -2 teaspoons of bechamel sauce.
  • Top with breadcrumbs; can add a few pieces of shredded cheese (optional).
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.