Spaghetti and Meatballs Muffin Bites

Spaghetti and Meatballs Muffin Bites

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"There's a reason spaghetti and meatballs appear on so many dinner tables - it's a comforting meal, easy to put together, and loaded with flavor. This recipe turns the traditional meal into party-ready, individual servings of spaghetti and meatballs muffin bites."
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45 m servings 198 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Calories:
  • 198 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 17g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 11 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 33 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 317 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 7 minutes. Drain and toss in a bowl with olive oil; refrigerate until cooled, about 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  3. Toss cooled spaghetti with 1 cup Parmesan cheese. Divide spaghetti between the 12 prepared muffin cups, arranging noodles in each cup to create "nests" for the meatballs.
  4. Top each "nest" with 1 tablespoon pasta sauce, 1 meatball, and 1 more tablespoon pasta sauce, respectively. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese over the tops of each meatball "nest."
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until pasta and meatballs are heated through and cheese melts, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly before transferring muffin bites to a serving platter.


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  1. 29 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

These little bites are great for football fare. After reading Shirley's dilemma about getting the nests out of the cupcake pan in one piece, I added one slightly beaten egg to the spaghetti and ...

Most helpful critical review

My family voted this a 3 because, the spaghetti was VERY hard when the cooking process was complete. It is unique and it is very simple to make. Thanks!

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These little bites are great for football fare. After reading Shirley's dilemma about getting the nests out of the cupcake pan in one piece, I added one slightly beaten egg to the spaghetti and ...

I really think this recipe is just "okay"; however, it is so unique of an idea that you get kudos for presentation. I saw that shirley had trouble getting the nest to come out I was ...

I helped some grandchildren make these. It was a blast! We made our own meatballs and spaghetti sauce, so the taste wasn't blah. It was delicious and we will make these again. Next time we're go...

LOVED IT! As a child my sister and I loved fried spaghetti for breakfast. This morning I decided to try this recipe as it seemed it would have the same texture, a little dry. You can always s...

I made these in the mini muffin cups which made it SO much easier to eat. I just broke up the meatballs into pieces for each cup. I've also experimented with using mini pepperoni instead of th...

Try adding an egg or two to the spaghetti to hold the nests to hold together.

Great idea & Very tasty! Though I did make my own Spaghetti Sauce. I could not get my spaghetti nests to come out of the muffin cups looking like the pic. (all in one piece)It would be great to...

My family loved it. I used chicken nuggets for the kids. It was winner, they ate it up.

I threw my meatballs, (from a precooked frozen package) in the oven while cooking the spaghetti, so they were warmed before adding to the muffin. Put the meatballs and more sauce on the top , t...

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