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Food was the main priority at our wedding. Well, I guess you could say our priority was that our guests have a great time, and to me, that means eating and drinking well. :)

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We didn’t have a sit-down meal, but instead had stations – each station had a few different items (salad, entree, sides) with lots of passed hors d’oeuvres. One of the sides that our catering planner strongly suggested was angel hair pasta cakes. She said that they were a big crowd-pleaser and while I thought it would go over well with kids, I really didn’t think adults would be into it. I cut the order way down, but somehow she convinced me to order more and I’m so glad we did. Everyone┬áloved them. It was actually one of the only things I ate that night and even I thought they were delicious.

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Sometimes the simplest foods are the best.

When you combine the pasta with an egg, some cream and parmesan, it bakes into portable little cups that can work as an appetizer, main meal or packed in a lunch. I served our spaghetti cakes with some roasted tomatoes (tomatoes + olive oil + s & p), but marinara or a drizzle of pesto would be delicious as well.

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Spaghetti Cakes

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 30 min


Ingredients (6 appetizer portions)

  • 6 oz spaghetti
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp 1/2 & 1/2
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper
  • marinara or roasted tomatoes for serving


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook pasta and garlic in boiling water until al dente, about 5-6 minutes.

Drain (but reserve a bit of the cooking water) and return to pot.

Whisk together egg and 1/2 & 1/2.

Add egg mixture and parmesan to pot, stirring to combine.

Spray muffin tin with cooking spray (only need 6 wells) and divide pasta mixture between the 6.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until cakes have set.

Serve with marinara sauce or roasted tomatoes and extra parmesan if desired.

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16 Comments (Reply )

  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I LOVE this idea – I might use my leftover pasta from the weekend to make these!


  2. Christy
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    These look amazing and so simple! Do you use whole wheat spaghetti for them?


    • Emily
      Mar 26, 2012 @ 11:08 am

      I used whole wheat spaghetti, but you could use whatever variety you prefer!


  3. TastefullyJulie
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    Ugh, I saw this just as I was finishing my leftover spaghetti with sun dried tomatoes in garlic wine sauce from dinner last night. This recipe would have been perfect. Next time ;)


  4. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    What a cute idea! I love making cakes/muffins out of unexpected things. They’re so cute and portable! Jeez, I’m such a girl.


  5. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    what a fantastic idea! I could basically eat spaghetti in any form…love the idea of little muffin cakes! ah the cuteness!


  6. Christine
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    I loooooove this. I actually already have a roasted tomato pasta recipe on my site that I am in love with but you are a genius for figuring out a way for me to turn it into a portable lunch! My brain is swimming with variations/flavour combinations.


  7. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    I love, love, loved these at your wedding! How fun to recreate something from that day!


  8. Lori
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    Love the idea of stations. I’m sure it was a hit. This is such a great idea. Such cute little cups, and the tomatoes look so good!


  9. sophia
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    It looks simple, but just so elegant!! I’ve been wanting to make these ever since I saw it in another blogger’s post. Thanks for the reminder!


  10. Baking Serendipity
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    I love this appetizer, and the way you approached food overall at your wedding. My husband and I had a pasta bar as our main course, and it was a total hit. (Plus we liked that people filled up to offset a little of the drinking!)


  11. Anna Johnson
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    With all of your food stations I think I missed these, dang! Look delicious!


  12. stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    this is such a fun idea, they look so yummy!!!


  13. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    Yum! I agree that sometimes simple is best. And these pasta cakes look delish!


  14. Ameena
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    What a cute idea! I love how unique these are…and yet are totally something a non-cook like me could handle.

    I found you through Lynn’s blog…it’s nice to “meet” another Angeleno!


  15. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    How adorable!!!!! :D


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