Tagliatelle pasta muffin nests

Tagliatelle pasta muffin nests; great party food! 

tagliatelle pasta muffin nests on a white oval dish

Sformatini di tagliatelle.

Although not an old traditional dish, these tagliatelle pasta muffin nests are becoming really popular here in Italy. They make great snacks or party food and can be made with different pasta sauces. I have found recipes for these pasta nests with similar ingredients to carbonara, with Bolognese sauce, with pesto and with mushrooms! So you can be pretty creative when making them!

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tagliatelle pasta muffin nests ingredients

In Italian, they are often called ‘sformatini ‘ which translates to pies in English. But, since these are made in a muffin dish and look like nests, I think calling them pasta muffin nests is more apt! What would you call them?

egg, cheese and cream mixture for tagliatelle pasta muffin nests

Some Italian recipes refer to them as ‘timballi’, timballini or tortini, but  ‘tortini’ also means little pies and a timballo is usually a larger baked pasta either inside a pastry crust or surrounded by vegetables like my parmigiana timballo with ziti.

tagliatelle with Mediterranean sauce in frying pan for pasta muffin nests

The pasta for your muffin nests.

I used fresh tagliatelle from Giovanni Rana to make my pasta muffin nests. Not homemade, as here in Northern Italy I can buy very good fresh tagliatelle. However if you can’t find fresh pasta and don’t want to make the pasta yourself, dried tagliatelle would be just as good. You can also use spaghetti!

tagliatelle pasta muffin nests in muffin tin before cooking

The pasta sauce.

The sauce in this pasta muffin nests recipe is what Italians call ‘alla Mediterranea’, Mediterranean sauce. It includes typical Mediterranean ingredients such as tomatoes, olives, onions, peperoncino (red chili pepper) etc. It’s easy to make and doesn’t take very long.

tagliatelle pasta muffin nests in muffin tin with cubed mozzarella on top

Making the pasta muffin nests.

As I mentioned above, these pasta nests are made in a muffin tin. I used a 12 muffin tin so that the ingredients will make 12 pasta muffin nests. Once you have made the Mediterranean sauce and cooked the pasta, you will also need a mixture of eggs, grated pecorino cheese, chives and cream to pour over the pasta once it is in the muffin tin. As a final touch a few cubes of mozzarella on top to give the nests a golden cheesy finish!

tagliatelle pasta muffin nests in muffin tin after baking

I’m sure you’ll love these tagliatelle pasta muffin nests. They’re bound to be a winner with both family and friends and I’m sure the kids will love them too!! If you do make these delicious pasta nests please do let me know how they turn out. You can rate this recipe and comment at the bottom of the recipe page or write a comment on The Pasta Project Facebook page. I’d so love to get your feedback! 

Buon appetito!

(see the recipe on the next page. Just scroll down and click 2)

tagliatelle pasta muffin nests


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  • Syeda Rubab
    March 13, 2018 1:10 pm

    Can we use egg noodles for this recipe???

    • admin
      March 14, 2018 11:53 am

      Hi Syeda, I would think this recipe works with any kind of egg noodles. After all, tagliatelle are a type of egg noodle and you can make it with spaghetti too. If you try it, do let me know how it turns out! All the best. Jacqui

  • Ramona
    March 6, 2018 7:43 am

    Oh my, oh my! I will actually make these yummy nests as soon as possible- they look magnificent, I’m sure they taste a treat and are such a wonderful idea for a party!! I’m so impressed with these. Amazing idea Jacqui, thank you for the inspiration

    • admin
      March 7, 2018 8:27 am

      Aww thank you so much Ramona! I love this idea and as you say, perfect for parties. They can also be made with different sauces so next time I make them (good reason to have a party!) I want to try with bolognese or pesto! Have a great day! Love Jacqui

  • Brian Jones
    March 6, 2018 7:28 am

    Oh boy do they look real tasty, I reckon I’ll be in the corner with the tray, all of it 😀

    • admin
      March 7, 2018 8:29 am

      haha Brian! So when you come to my party, I’ll have to make an extra dish of them just for you!! Ciao from Verona! Jacqui

  • Sandra Shaffer
    March 6, 2018 5:50 am

    These pasta nests are a wonderful appetizer for a party! It looks like you can pick them up with your fingers too? Putting these on my menu for my husband’s family birthday get together. These are going to be a hit! Thank you!

    • admin
      March 7, 2018 8:32 am

      Thanks so much Sandra! I’m thrilled you are going to give these pasta muffins a try! Yes, you can eat them as finger food. The ones I made were not messy at all! The only problem is making enough because they disappear fast! All the best from Verona! Jacqui

  • Ellie
    March 2, 2018 8:14 pm

    This looks so delicious and creative! Awesome idea!

    • admin
      March 4, 2018 6:02 am

      Aww thanks so much Ellie! These pasta nests are fab aren’t they? I love them! Now I want to try with other sauces! Def on the menu for my next party! All the best from Verona! Jacqui

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