Noodle Nests

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READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    cup pasta, small variety, cooked (i.e. ditalini)
  • 13
    cup ham, diced (or other meat)
  • 13
    cup swiss cheese, diced (or other cheese)
  • 13
    cup onion, diced
  • 12
    cup heavy cream (half & half works too)
  • 12
    cup milk (I use skim without a problem)
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 12
    teaspoon pepper
  • 1
    pinch nutmeg
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray, butter, or in some way lubricate your mini-muffin (or reg muffin pans) WELL, otherwise there is a good chance you will be digging these out of the pan (even silicon pans need a good oiling) and end up with a delicious mountain of destroyed nests. And muffin liners (even the foil ones) don't work well either, trust me.
  • Cook pasta (or use left overs).
  • Chop meat, cheese and onion; mix together with pasta.
  • In a large measuring cup (2 cup works well), beat eggs slightly, stir in cream, milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Evenly distribute the dry mixture among the mini-muffin pans, then evenly pour custard mixture into each muffin cup. There will be left over - there always is. These puff up, so you don't necessarily want to take the liquids all the way up to the top.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, run a knife around the edge of each nest to loosen from the sides of the muffin cups. Let cool 5-10 min before removing.
  • These are best warm, but usually consumed piping hot - be warned!
  • Check description for flavor substitutes and make ahead instructions.
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