Spaghetti and meatballs is one of the most classic recipes of all time. Because of its simplicity, it has been recreated several times with the addition of different meats, a variety of vegetables and the topping of yummy cheeses. But, there is one spaghetti and meatballs recipe that really stands out from the others….Spaghetti and meatball muffin bites!
Follow these steps to create these tasty appetizer bites that will leave your guests coming back for more…
- Add six ounces of spaghetti in a pot of boiling, salted water
- Cook the noodles about seven minutes, or until the texture is to you liking
- When the pasta is full cooked, drain and toss into a bowl
- Mix 1 and a half tablespoons of olive oil. This ingredient is added to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Use a pair of tongs to move the pasta around, ensuring the oil gets evenly distributed on all noodles.
- Place the pasta in the refrigerator to cool down. This should take about fifteen minutes. After the pasta is cooled, toss with one cup of grated parmesan cheese. Again, blend well so the cheese covers the noodles evenly.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is warming up, you will spray a 12-cup muffin pan with grease. Make sure to get all sides and the bottom of the cups, so it is easy to retrieve the appetizer when it is fully cooked.
- Evenly divide the cooked, cheese-covered pasta and place handfuls in the muffin cups, creating little nests
- When the nests are evenly distributed and the muffin tins are filled to the brim, add a spoonful of a pasta sauce of your liking. You can make your own sauce or keep it simple and buy your favorite sauce from the grocery store.
- Place one cooked meatball into the center of the nest.
- Add another tablespoon of sauce so the meatball is covered
- Sprinkle more grated parmesan cheese on top of that layer of sauce. You will probably go through about a half cup of the cheese total for the final topping.
- Pop the nest-filled muffin tin in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. The cheese should be melted.
- After removing them from the oven you will want to use a knife to trace the outside of the nests so they can be easily removed from the tin. Then, let them sit and cool for a few minutes.
- Use a small spatula to remove the nests and place them on a plate or a platter.
- Now the fun part-enjoy! You can use a fork and knife and cut at the nests until they are in bite-sized pieces or you can eat them like a muffin and use a hand to shovel them in your mouth. You can also sprinkle some more cheese on top of the finished product. Whatever you decide on, you are guaranteed to walk away with a happy belly.
Some viewers had concerns over the spaghetti falling apart on your plate, and this advice was offered by a commenter…
“Try using more cheese when you toss the pasta in Step 1, and then use the back of a spoon to pack it more firmly into the muffin cup more.”