leek and spaghetti nest | recipe

dc birth photographer | leek and spaghetti nest recipe | stefanie harrington

Let me go ahead and start off by telling you that this leek and spaghetti recipe got a big thumbs up from my husband and kids! And with any luck, you’ll have most of these ingredients in your fridge and pantry. It’s a perfect Spring time recipe and so easy to do on a busy weeknight. For me it was a winning combo of easy, family and kid friendly and few ingredients.

You could easily cook the spaghetti and leek ahead of time so that you’re left with just a bit of recipe assembly and roasting time in the oven. I should have done this to avoid the inevitable “When is dinner ready?” x 100, so I’m passing along my tip to you for a quick and easy weeknight meal. If you don’t feel like doing this, plan for about 45 minutes of prep and cooking. (As it was, I starved my family about 25 minutes longer than usual. I know… I’m a terrible mother and wife. Don’t be me.)

dc birth photographer | leek and spaghetti nest recipe | stefanie harrington

Heat olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Heat oven to 400. Separately, cook the spaghetti according to directions, drain and set aside.

dc birth photographer | leek and spaghetti nest recipe | stefanie harrington

While garlic is simmering, cut the leek in half lengthwise and thinly slice.

dc birth photographer | leek and spaghetti nest recipe | stefanie harrington

Add the leek to the garlic oil and cook until soft and translucent.

dc birth photographer | leek and spaghetti nest recipe | stefanie harrington

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together 1 egg, chives, salt and pepper.

dc birth photographer | leek and spaghetti nest recipe | stefanie harrington

Once the leek is cooked, remove the garlic cloves. Add the cooked leek to the egg mixture.

dc birth photographer | leek and spaghetti nest recipe | stefanie harrington

Stir in the cooked spaghetti until combined.

dc birth photographer | leek and spaghetti nest recipe | stefanie harrington

Grease an 8×8″ baking dish. Add pasta mixture and, using a spoon, make 4 indentations in the spaghetti. Bake for 5 minutes to set.

dc birth photographer | leek and spaghetti nest recipe | stefanie harrington

Remove baking dish from oven and crack 1 egg into each nest. Bake for 25 minutes or until egg is cooked through.

dc birth photographer | leek and spaghetti nest recipe | stefanie harrington

Remove from oven, top with cheese and serve. Sprinkle with parsley or hot pepper flakes, if desired. I made an easy side dish by roasting asparagus in the oven alongside the spaghetti nests.

Leek and Spaghetti Nests
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. whole wheat spaghetti
  2. 3 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  4. 1 leek, white and light green parts only
  5. 5 eggs
  6. 2 tbsp. chives, finely chopped
  7. salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  8. 3/4 cup shredded Italian cheese mix
  9. 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes, for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Heat oven to 400. Separately, cook the spaghetti according to directions, drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together 1 egg, chives, salt and pepper.
  3. While garlic is simmering, cut the leek in half lengthwise and thinly slice. Add the leek to the garlic oil and cook until soft and translucent. Once the leek is cooked, remove the garlic cloves and discard. Stir leek and cooked spaghetti into the egg mixture.
  4. Grease an 8x8" baking dish. Add pasta mixture and, using a spoon, make 4 indentations in the spaghetti. Bake for 5 minutes to set.
  5. Remove from oven, top with cheese and serve. Sprinkle with parsley or hot pepper flakes, if desired.
Notes
  1. Tip: Roast asparagus in the oven while the pasta is baking. Just toss with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper.
Adapted from Eggs and Bacon Bucatini Nests
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