Mini Spaghetti and Meatball Appetizer

mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer and secret garden double birthday party.

Perfectly satisfying little bites made with creamy Alfredo pasta and Italian-style meatballs, these mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer are easy to make crowd pleasers.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Jas, Ava & Alyvia

 

The invitation and garden gate

secret garden party invitation and gate

 

The sign, tissue paper flowers, and birthday cards

mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer

 

I made them these posters to match their rooms

mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer

 

Pallet “table” settings. Ava inspected and approved.

mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer

 

Snacks

mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer

 

Food. Notice the sunflower salad I recently posted? Every garden needs sunflowers πŸ™‚

mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer

 

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.

Mini Spaghetti and Meatball Appetizer Recipe

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mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer

 

INGREDIENTS:
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)
  • Cooking spray

~ Free Tip ~

Can be made ahead. 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.Β 

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook pasta al dente according to the package directions. Drain and mix with Alfredo sauce and 1 cup of Mozzarella cheese.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. 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.
  4. While nests are baking, heat the marinara sauce and meatballs.
  5. Assemble meatballs on top of the nests, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with fresh basil if desired.

 

mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer

mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer

mini spaghetti and meatball appetizer

Mini Spaghetti and Meatball Appetizer
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Perfectly satisfying little bites made with creamy Alfredo pasta and Italian-style meatballs.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 48
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta al dente according to the package directions. Drain and mix with Alfredo sauce and 1 cup of Mozzarella cheese.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. 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.
  4. While nests are baking, heat the marinara sauce and meatballs.
  5. Assemble meatballs on top of the nests, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with fresh basil if desired.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Can be made ahead. 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.Β 

Recipe featured at Repurposing Junkie,Β  April Noelle, This Momma’s Ramblings, The Mrs Tee, Epic Mommy Adventures, Saved By The Mommy, Being a Wordsmith, Tabler Party of Two, Eclectic Red Barn,Β and Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair?

 

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  1. Reply
    Ann
    August 3, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    You are an evil genius, Jas!!! I love angel hair pasta.
    Looks like a fun day over there. With Grandma, it’s always special. xoxo

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 3, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      More evil than genius, bahahaha! It was a blast, although at the end of the day I couldn’t feel my feet anymore. πŸ™‚

  2. Reply
    Pamela Shank
    August 3, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your secret garden party. They will always have this special memory. Your food all looks so good, very creative, Pinned this recipe. Thx

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 3, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you so much, Pamela! We always go the extra mile for our grandkids, right? Even though they already give us unconditional love, or maybe its’ because of it? πŸ˜€

  3. Reply
    Mary-the boondocks blog
    August 4, 2016 at 5:56 am

    You have outdone yourself Jas. You take the grandma of the year award with this party! Everything is so well thought out and the decorations are perfect for curious little girls to go exploring. Happy Birthday to them both, they are adorable. I’ll be pinning this one.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 4, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Mary! They are worth every effort, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them πŸ˜€

  4. Reply
    Michelle
    August 4, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    These are darling! Great for a cocktail party!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 4, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks, Michelle. Yes, they’d be great for a cocktail party! πŸ™‚

    2. Reply
      Harp
      January 22, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      Can’t wait to make in a few days! How many days did you make before the party? Did you just pre make the nests and then add the meatball and sauce the day of? Just trying to get my head around how I can make ahead of the big day.

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        Jas
        January 22, 2018 at 10:25 pm

        I made nests and meatballs a day ahead, but they can be made several days ahead and kept in the refrigerator. Bring nests to room temperature (not sure if they would fall apart if you would heat them slightly in the oven, (unless they stay in the muffin tins) and heat the meatballs before assembling (which should go relatively quickly, if you’re using toothpicks to secure them). Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  5. Reply
    Lisa
    August 4, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    These little treats look almost too cute to eat.

    We are gluten free around here but I think I could make a couple of substitutions to make it work.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 4, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you, Lisa! We try to cut down on gluten and dairy any chance we get, but it is hard (for me at least) to come up with a gluten free party food for a large crowd. πŸ™‚

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        Harp
        January 25, 2018 at 3:01 pm

        Thanks so much! Making tomorrow for a paint nite at my place with a bunch of girlfriends. Last question, promise! Your recipe calls for a jar of Alfredo sauce. Would 410 ml jar be too much? Not sure what a typical jar size would be.

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          Jas
          January 25, 2018 at 9:41 pm

          The jars are about 15oz./425g here. I say, keep adding the sauce until your pasta is creamy, but not drenched. It easier to add than to remove. πŸ˜‰ Let me know how it turned out!

  6. Reply
    SheilaG- Plum Doodles
    August 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Wow, your party looks beautiful, and the meatball nests are amazing. I want to give them a try with gluten-free pasta. How many nests did one package of pasta make?

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 4, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you, Sheila! I got about 48 nests out of one whole package, give or take. I’d use half the ingredients for a smaller crowd, we had 50 people that day. Have a great rest of the week and thanks for visiting!

  7. Reply
    Terri
    August 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Wow, I want you to be my mommy, if you give parties like that! Everything was beautiful. I hope those little girls had a great time.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 4, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      They sure did. This grandma spoils them rotten, lol. Thank you, Terri! Have a great evening πŸ˜€

  8. Reply
    Karly
    August 4, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    These are so genius! Like a big, family-style dinner in just one bite… I love the idea! And heck, who can turn down a good meatball!? I’ve gotta try these out!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 4, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Not me, lol. I haven’t met a person that didn’t like meatballs πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping in, Karly!

  9. Reply
    Kim
    August 4, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I think that this is just about the cutest appetizer I have ever seen…and as an Italian girl, I have eaten meatballs in every way you can. THIS is original!! Love it!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 5, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Well, I’m so honored that I got this review from an Italian girl! πŸ˜€ Thank you Kim! Have a blessed weekend.

  10. Reply
    Wendy
    August 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    WOW! There is A LOT to brag about here!! So many people are going to be delighted that you shared the details of this amazing party theme!! At first I was taken in by the meatballs. We often have “tapas night” for Friday night dinner, and these meatball appetizers are now on my list! But this party….from the amazing invitations to the lovey picnic-like table, your granddaughters had a real-life fantasy birthday party!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 5, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you, Wendy, it means a lot! The meatballs tasted much better than just piled up on the plate for some reason, lol. I’m most proud of my invitations because I spent so much time creating them using just Photoshop and a printer. I finally bit the bullet and ordered Silhouette Cameo so I hope it will cut down on time and give me accesses to some cool designs. Thanks for stopping in and have a great weekend! XO

  11. Reply
    Carlee
    August 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I just love a party and I love everything you made! These appetizers look amazing too. So cute and delicious, what a fun idea. Thanks so much for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Hi, Carlee! Thank you bunches and thanks for visiting! πŸ˜€

  12. Reply
    Beverly
    August 7, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I can’t wait to make these! What a unique appetizer idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Your party decor looks lovely. How fun!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 9, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Thank you, Beverly! Hope your week is grand!

  13. Reply
    Helen
    August 7, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I love these little appetizers!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 9, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Thanks for hosting, Helen!

  14. Reply
    Maria
    August 10, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    What a unique idea with pasta and meatballs! So cute!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 11, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thank you, Maria! Hope your day is amazing πŸ™‚

  15. Reply
    Theresa
    August 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Looks so yummy. & love all the party ideas. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Party. Pinned & shared.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 11, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thank you and thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚

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  17. Reply
    Crystal
    August 12, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Wow. Your invites, decor, everything looks amazing. I’m sure you created such a special memory for your granddaughters. What a cool idea–mini spaghetti & meatballs! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty Hope to see you back!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      August 14, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Thank you bunches, Crystal! Wishing you an amazing weekend! πŸ™‚

  18. Reply
    Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled
    August 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Great appetizer. Pinning for my next gathering. Also the party looks super cute and special. Visiting from Snickerdoodle party.

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      allthatsjas
      August 14, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Thank you, Victoria! Hope your weekend is amazing! πŸ™‚

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  24. Reply
    Jess Benoit
    August 18, 2016 at 12:43 am

    How do you even come up with something like this?? These look amazing. I am pinning this and will have to try them out. We love angel hair pasta so always have it in hand. Thanks!

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      Jas
      August 19, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Thank you much, Jess! I have to be honest, I didn’t really ‘come up’ with this. I saw something similar made with spaghetti in regular size muffin tin some while ago. I remembered it when I needed to come up with the menu for our party. The idea to make them mini came to me then πŸ™‚
      Hope your weekend is glorious!

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    patti @ pandora's box
    August 11, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Love these – on my list to make for our next gathering!!

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      Jas
      August 11, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Thanks, Patti! They are easy to make and were a hit! πŸ™‚

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    Miz Helen
    August 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I am crazy for these appetizers, and have them pinned! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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      Jas
      August 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Finger food is always fun to eat!

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    Dixie
    December 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I just found this.
    Oh my gosh! I just LOVE, LOVE these meat balls!
    And to think you made 50.
    Was there a trick to make ahead and make assembly easy?
    thanks so much.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      December 10, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Thanks, Dixie! No trick. It really isn’t hard. Twirl spaghetti with a fork and drop into mini muffin tins. When you place the meatball on top, secure it with a toothpick. Enjoy!

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    Mother of 3
    December 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    This recipe sounds amazing and that party– wow! Every little girl’s dream I’m sure.

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      Jas
      December 17, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you so much! My older one loved it. πŸ™‚

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    Jess
    December 18, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Oh gosh…what a neat idea! πŸ™‚

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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      Jas
      December 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you, Jess! Will do πŸ˜€ Wishing you happy holidays!

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    Nicole
    December 18, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Yum! I bet my kids would love these! Thanks for the recipe! #mummymondays

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      Jas
      December 18, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      It’s so much fun to eat! My granddaughters eat more than usual this way πŸ™‚

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    becky
    December 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Can you make the noodle part ahead of time?

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      Jas
      December 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Hi, Becky! You can make everything ahead of time, as I did for the big party. I served them at room temperature and they were great! πŸ˜€

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    Beverly
    October 22, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I was looking over my Pinterest board for appetizers last week for one that would go with an Italian meal I was planning for my husband’s birthday. I spotted these that I had pinned when you posted it. I had planned on making them, but you know how that can go. Falling under the better late than never list, I made them yesterday and I just had to stop by to tell you how delicious they were. They were easy to put together and our guests and my husband loved them. They will be on my menu again.

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      Jas
      October 22, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Oh wow, that just made my day, Beverly! Thank you so much for giving it a try and letting me know. I’m so glad your husband loved them. Happy belated birthday to him! Hugs to you. πŸ˜€

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