Noodle Nests with Tomato Cheese Gravy

Craving to try out some exciting dishes, I was looking for some inspiration and watching some TV. To be more specific, channel surfing to check out if there were any cooking related shows on BBC iplayer when my I fell on Nigel Slater's show "Eating Together".


This show is phenomenal and I was hooked at watching a series of its episodes on iplayer in a go. Yes! It is that addictive.. especially if you love food like me... This recipe here is my take on one of the recipes that was on this Nigel Slater show with the ingredients I had at home. I was so desperate to make this dish after seeing the show that I made this the very next day for dinner. If you are wondering why I didn't make it the same day.. there is an explanation for that as well.


Yes, I was eager to get cooking watching this show but I was so hooked by the show that I didn't realize how time was flying as I watched back to back 7 episodes of this show. Just catching up on lost TV time.. :) I really didn't realize how time flew. I was just in a world of my own. If you haven't seen this show and if you have access to BBC iplayer, do watch this series. 


They had an entire series dedicated to noodles from around the world and then towards the end of the program Nigel cooks up his spin of all the dishes he cooked and ate earlier in the program. This recipe is my spin on his spin (I hope your head isn't spinning by now..). I didn't have all the ingredients that Nigel was using and moreover in a TV show in a span of few seconds, he wasn't really giving any measurements and was just naming the ingredients away in true Nigel Slater style, so I just had to use what I had in my pantry and taste the dish as I cook and give it my spin on it.. Alright.. I think its time for me to stop spinning and get cooking...

Ingredients:

Noodles Nest 
Handful of Spaghetti Noodles
1 teaspoon Salt
Water as required
Oil for brushing the pan

Tomato Sauce
1 tin of your favorite tomato soup (about 400 ml)
2 Medium Onions, chopped
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 tablespoon Parmesan or grated cheddar cheese
Salt for seasoning
Pepper for seasoning

Method:

  1. Cook the spaghetti : Follow instructions on the spaghetti pack and cook the Spaghetti till its fully done. You will just need to cook it in boiling water with some salt. Once the spaghetti is cooked, drain the water using a colander and rinse the spaghetti with cold water. 
  2. Building the Noodles nest : Heat a flat pan over medium heat, brush it with oil. Now place the Silicone rings on the pan and using a fork or cooking tongs pick the cooked spaghetti a few strands about 8 - 10 strands into silicone ring and allow it to cook on the pan. This will take around 15 minutes on low or medium flame. Once one side is cooked, remove the silicone rings and flip the spaghetti to cook the second side for another 10 minutes. Make the sauce while you wait for the noodles nest to cook and crisp up. Once its ready the noodles next will be all crispy and crunchy.
  3. Make the Sauce: Heat a pan on medium flame, add the olive oil and to that add the chopped onions. Saute the onions till they soften, then reduce the flame and add in the tomato soup, Italian herb seasoning and then add in salt and pepper for taste. Once the soup starts to boil, add the cheese, close the pan with a lid and switch off the stove. 
  4. Serve the Noodles nest separately from the sauce. Let your guests pour the sauce over the nest and allow the noodles to soak up the flavors before they dive into it. 

Notes:
  1. For tomato soup, we used Heinz Tomato soup, with a hint of basil. Make sure you pick a tin of your favorite tomato soup and its of the best quality. 
  2. Do not pick soups with chunky tomatoes in it. The soup must be fine and liquid only as we want to make a pouring sauce.
  3. We think you can swap the spaghetti with noodles of your choice as well, though we haven't tried this out ourselves. 
  4. Don't add any oil to the spaghetti or noodles when you are cooking them or after you have cooked it. This is to ensure the spaghetti retains moisture and holds together to form the noodles nest. 
  5. If you don't have Italian herb seasoning handy, just skip it or add dry Oregano instead if you have it at home. 
  6. The cheese is again optional and you can skip it if you like, though we would advice not to as it adds to the flavor of the dish and gives it richness.
  7. You can add water to the sauce if your soup is thick and too rich but make sure the soup is not runny 
  8. While serving keep a salt and pepper mill at the table.

This is a recipe that will add a little drama to your meal. Because it's so simple and we have actually told you the cheat's way of making it, you can literally make it to impress your family for tomorrow's dinner or make it for a party you throw for your friends and we can assure you this dish will get people inquisitive and will be a point of conversation for days to come..




Inspiration from : Nigel Slater's "Eating Together" BBC Series

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