Looking for unique German gifts?   |   Grab Oma's cookbooks!   |   Don't miss Oma's Newsletter  |  Make Oma's favorite recipe

Oma's German Noodle Nests ❤️

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Need an unusaul pasta casserole recipes, aka NudelkasseroleHere's an adaptation of one I found when I was in Germany several years ago, Nudelnester, translated as 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 healthier as well! 

Want vegetarian? Then omit the sausage.

Ready to make this pasta casserole?

Oma's German Noodle Nests

Here's an unusual pasta casserole recipe, aka Nudelkasserole. It's my adaptation of one I found when I was in Germany several years ago, Nudelnester, aka Noodle Nests! The original came from one of the many German cooking magazines that have so many wonderful recipes.

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook/Bake Time

50 minutes

Total Time

80 minutes

Servings:

Makes 6 servings

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:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package instructions, till "al dente".
  3. Drain spaghetti, rinse with cold water. Return to pot and mix in 3 tbsp olive oil.
  4. Quarter mushrooms. In frying pan, put remaining olive oil. Heat. Add mushrooms, stirring until browned. Add sausage,
  5. Using a garlic press (or chopping finely), add garlic to mushrooms. Continue to brown for a few minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Add green onions and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Put ⅓ of pasta sauce in bottom of casserole dish.
  8. 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.
  9. Distribute the mushroom mixture in the center of the nests.
  10. Pour the rest of the pasta sauce around the nests.
  11. Sprinkle cubed mozzarella over top.
  12. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly - about 25 - 30 minutes.

*  *  *  *  *

Unless otherwise noted recipe, images and content © Just like Oma | www.quick-german-recipes.com

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?

Make it easier to convert between cups and grams, etc. Use this site to give you all the different conversions for the different types of ingredients. 

Need that “all’s good with the world” feeling? Comfort food will do that. Grab my German Comfort Foods e-Cookbook written in English just for you.

Sharing traditional German foods, made using easily available ingredients, ... that's such a delicious way to feel a 'hug' anytime of the year.

You might like these

Leave a comment about this recipe or ask a question?

Pop right over to my private Facebook group, the Kaffeeklatschers. You'll find thousands of German foodies, all eager to help and to talk about all things German, especially these yummy foods. 

I pop in all the time as well, to chat and to answer questions. 

Meet with us around Oma's table, pull up a chair, grab a coffee and a piece of Apfelstrudel, and enjoy the visit.

Have Oma by your side ... helping you

Oma's eCookbooks from her https://justlikeoma.store ready to download and enjoy today!

*  *  *  *  *



Newest Recipes

  1. Creamy Hummus Salad Dressing

    If you love hummus, then you’ll love this creamy hummus salad dressing recipe! It’s just like the real deal, but in liquid form so you can drizzle it all over your favorite greens ...

    Go to the recipe

  2. Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup

    This recipe for creamy vegan mushroom soup is inspired in part by Oma's German recipe for cream of mushroom soup. It brings me back to my childhood eating this classic comfort food.

    Go to the recipe


Words to the Wise

"The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger."

Proverbs 24:5 (NLT)