My mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer was a huge hit last weekend. I made them for my granddaughters’ double birthday party. Although there was plenty of other food, they were gone first. It’s so fun to pop these little amazeballs in your mouth. Oops, I heard it too [*blushing].
Thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta for the nests, like I used here, are better than regular spaghetti which are too bulky for the mini muffin/cupcake tin. The one thing I didn’t think through was the amount of pasta to cook. I used two packages and ended up with so much angel hair leftover, I could’ve made wigs for all the angels up there.
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Mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer will be in my repertoire for all future gatherings be it birthdays, potlucks, football parties, or just because. They are great warm or at room temperature.
My precious granddaughters turned one and four. The party theme my daughter chose was a secret garden. Here’s a peek into this fun day. I usually don’t brag but I put many hours in making invitations, gifts, birthday cards, decorations, table settings, and food. I’m pretty proud of it. I hope I created a fond ‘birthday at grandma’s house’ memory for them.
The invitation and garden gate
The sign, tissue paper flowers and birthday cards
I made them these posters to match their rooms
Pallet “table” settings. Ava inspected and approved.
Food. Notice the sunflower salad I recently posted? Every garden needs sunflowers 🙂
I cooked for 50 people. Feel free to cut the ingredients in half or third. If you have time, make your own sauces and meatballs.
Makes about 48 mini bites
1 package angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti
1 jar your favorite Alfredo sauce
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
1 jar Marinara sauce
1 small bag fully cooked frozen mini (1/2 oz each) Italian-style meatballs
Optional: shredded Parmesan and fresh basil to garnish
Mini muffin/cupcake tin (24 muffins)
Cook pasta al dente according to the package directions. Drain and mix with Alfredo sauce and 1 cup of Mozzarella cheese.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grease the mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Fill each of the 24 holes with Alfredo pasta using a fork to twirl it. Press down on the top to create the nest, adding more pasta if necessary. Sprinkle the tops with Mozzarella cheese. Bake for 15 minutes on the middle oven rack. Remove the nests to cool. Finish making nests with remaining pasta.
While nests are baking, heat the marinara sauce and meatballs.
Assemble meatballs on top of the nests, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with fresh basil if desired.
You can make the nests in a regular size muffin tin for a bigger bite. Or make cheesy spaghetti nests topped with boiled egg and ham instead of meatballs for your brunch guests. You can’t go wrong with pasta!