Kitchen Fail: Pasta Nests

Were my nests wound too tight? 
It's Monday, and I want to make you feel better about the fact that you had to go to work today following the holiday. So I figured I would show you a little kitchen fail. This should brighten your spirits and put a smile on your face.

 I am not sure how this became a kitchen fail, but it totally did. I failed at something involving pasta, and to be honest, that was a shock to me. I mean, I make a TON of homemade pasta. To be fair, the fail was not in the making of the pasta but in the nesting of the pasta. And it was sad, like all kitchen fails. Also like most kitchen fails, it started out brilliantly.

Allow me to paint the picture...

I ate them anyway...hehe. 
It was a great day and I was listening to some great music, dancing around my kitchen. I had a pot of pasta sauce going with my election day meatballs cooking and the house was smelling divine. I thought, "I'll make some pasta with my Kitchen Aid pasta press!" And so I did. Well, as some of you may know, that generally means I make my own makeshift pasta drying rack. This time, I just wasn't in the mood to do that.

I found instructions for pasta nests instead and thought I would give that a whirl. They were so cute! And so I laid out my pasta nests as I made my pasta and everything was going a-okay. By the time I was finished, I had a lovely tray of nests. So the time came to cook them and I popped them into the boiling water and let them boil for a few moments.

And when I looked, they looked about the same as they did when they went in....they didn't unwind into pasta or even into loose nests. They were more like pasta blobs, albeit, pretty looking ones. UGH! What a headache. Maybe I built my nests a little too tight and it didn't allow them to come apart. That is always a possibility. It should be said that I have never made a nest before...or really eaten one. And I am not entirely sure I am likely to do so again given this kitchen fail.

We still ate them, though. And they tasted fine. I sent the rest over to my mother in law's house, thinking she might not mind them so much. Bad idea. I was going out of town, and I didn't leave her she was thrown off by the fresh pasta and instead of boiling them, she microwaved them. They didn't taste very cooking being microwaved, of course, so these nests go down as a double fail.

So what do you think went wrong with my pasta nests??? Have you had a kitchen fail you want to share?! Do so in the comments section below!! 


  1. Flouring the pasta generously may help with the sticking issue.

    I am thinking about making these nests, because drying a lot of pasta on a drying rack takes up a ton of space... (You can make a wonderfull makeshift dryer from a couple wooden spoons and pots:))

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