National Noodle Ring Day | Broccoli Pasta Noodle Ring
What is a noodle ring? It’s such an obscure thing that it doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. And EVERYTHING has a Wiki page. But it’s really pretty simple. Noodles, what you want mixed in the noodles, a binder, and then all baked.
I made a pasta aglio e oilo with broccoli and since I had a hankering for the stuff, I decided to just make my noodle ring with broccoli and red pepper flakes, the same things that make my pasta aglio e olio as great as it is.
When you look at this thing, or at least when I looked at other people who made noodle rings and then posted them online, I didn’t know how I would get it to work correctly. It looks, for a lack of a better word, intricate.
But it took me a grand total of 30 minutes before the noodle ring was in the oven to cook, 45 minutes of it baking, and arrrrroundddd 5 minutes to scarf down a slice.
By the way, it’s totally weird to say I’m having a slice of noodles. Serve your noodle ring with a side of cheese sauce like I did, or even a spicy olive oil and some cheese, it’s allllll good.
Broccoli Pasta Noodle Ring
- 1 pound thin spaghetti
- 1 (8 ounces) package frozen chopped broccoli
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups whole milk
- Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cook noodles as directed on package; drain. Cook broccoli as directed on package; drain.
- In a large bowl, combine cooked noodles, cooked broccoli, butter, bread crumbs, and red pepper flakes; toss to combine. Pour into prepared ring mold.
- In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, 2 cups whole milk, and a pinch of salt. Pour this mixture over noodles.
- Set ring mold in a pan of hot water. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into noodle ring comes out clean. Remove from oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a platter. Top with your favorite sauce.