Let’s start by boiling up a pot of thin spagetti.

But before you throw your pasta into the pot go ahead and break it in half.

Boil your pasta until it is al dente (firm but not hard) and reserve a cup a pasta water before you drain it!

Put your drained pasta back into your pot and stir in 1 tablespoon of butter.

The butter does two things,

1. It’ll help keep the pasta from sticking to itself, and…

2. Do we really need multiple reasons for adding butter to anything?

Now grab a small bowl and crack 2 eggs in it…

Remember the cup of pasta water we reserved? Slowly whisk that into your eggs.

Are you wondering what the heck we’re doing here? We are tempering our eggs! The eggs in this dish will help hold our pasta bites together, but I can’t just add eggs into the hot pasta without them scrambling. Slowly incorporating the hot pasta water will gradually bring the temperature of the eggs up and will help prevent them from being cooked instantly.

Now we can stir our tempered eggs into our hot pasta without them scrambling all over the place!

Pretty cool, huh?

We need to add a few more things to this appetizer before it becomes cute!

I cooked up a bit of pancetta, but some ham or bacon would be just as good!

When your pancetta is nice and crispy, add 2 cloves of minced garlic to the pan and sauté that for just a minute!

Add all of that savory goodness to your pot of pasta…

Along with one handful of chopped green onions…

And a heaping handful of grated parmesan cheese.

Don’t forget to season this pasta with a touch of salt and pepper!

No, this is not a photo of me eating pasta straight out of the pot. Ok, maybe I took a few bites but I was trying very hard not to!

In between snacking I also twirled a bite of pasta…

And then placed that twirled bite into a prepared mini muffin pan. If topping these bites with more parmesan cheese sounds like a good idea to you, then I think we need to hang out more often because that’s a super good idea!

I then popped that pan into a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes…

And out came these pretty little pasta bites!

A dainty, small bite of pasta your (hungry!) guest will love.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Makes about 35 bites
  • 1 pound thin spagetti
  • 1 cup hot pasta water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tempered eggs
  • pancetta
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • handful sliced green onions
  • parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

5 Responses to Pretty Pasta Bites

  1. Julie says:

    I love this! I’ve been wanting to tell you that I made the buttermilk chicken and it was a huge hit!

  2. Melissa says:

    Thank you Julie! I’m so glad the buttermilk chicken worked out, it’s one of my favs!

  3. Brandon says:

    These are gorgeous!

  4. Mom says:

    I love this too!! Great presentation.
    See you soon XO

  5. Melissa says:

    Thank you Mom & Brandon!!

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