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Oma's German Noodle Nests ❤️

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Need an easy pasta casserole recipes, aka NudelkasseroleHere's an adaptation of one I found when I was in Germany several years ago, Noodle Nests! It came from one of the many German cooking magazines that have so many wonderful recipes.

This one is a variation of a spaghetti casserole recipe.

Pasta is Italian and noodles are German AND Southern Germany loves its noodles. Enjoy this cultural mix because these "noodle nests" don't use German noodles, but rather spaghetti. It makes one wonder why it's called noodles, but that's the way it's known.

It's a fun casserole to make for company. Make it ahead and then just pop it in the oven to bake.

I've made this using either whole wheat or multigrain spaghetti - not only delicious, but healthy as well! 

Want vegetarian? Then omit the sausage.

Oma's German Noodle Nests ❤️

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz spaghetti
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 24 oz can pasta sauce
  • 1 lb fresh mushrooms
  • 2 - 3 smoked sausage (precooked), cubed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • salt, pepper
  • 4 oz mozzarella, cubed

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Cook spaghetti according to package instructions, till "al dente".
  • Drain spaghetti, rinse with cold water. Return to pot and mix in 3 tbsp olive oil.
  • Quarter mushrooms. In frying pan, put remaining olive oil. Heat. Add mushrooms, stirring until browned. Add sausage,
  • Using a garlic press (or chopping finely), add garlic to mushrooms. Continue to brown for a few minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add green onions and season with salt and pepper.
  • Put ⅓ of pasta sauce in bottom of casserole dish.
  • Form "noodle nests" by dividing spaghetti into 6 portions. Place one portion on a saucer and from into a nest by twirling it around the fork with a depression in the center. Slide it into the casserole dish. Repeat with remaining spaghetti.
  • Distribute the mushroom mixture in the center of the nests.
  • Pour the rest of the pasta sauce around the nests.
  • Sprinkle cubed mozzarella over top.
  • Bake, uncovered, until bubbly - about 25 - 30 minutes.
  • Makes 6 servings.

Want nutritional information? Copy and paste the above ingredient list and the number of servings into Calorie Count for an approximate calculation.

Need help doing conversions between cups and grams, etc.? Use this site to give you all the different conversions for the different types of ingredients. 

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Copy and paste the ingredient list and the number of servings into Calorie Count

It will give you an approximate calculation.

Need help doing conversions

between cups and grams or any such thing?

Use this site to give you all the different conversions for the different types of ingredients. 




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