Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins

Does your family love spaghetti and meatballs as much as ours? If you ask my girls their favorite meal, 9 out of 10 times they will say spaghetti and meat balls. When I told them I was making their classic go-to meal in muffin tins it totally blew their minds. Not only are these Spaghetti and Meatballs Muffins incredibly kid friendly, but a playful combo for adults too. 

I start by making the juicy meatballs filled with lightly dried basil, parsley, and roasted garlic. I give them a light sauté to bring out the flavors even more before popping them into the spaghetti nests with just a touch of marinara sauce. You can also make the meatballs with ground beef or even vegetarian meat substitute. 

Once they have baked for about 20 minutes or until golden, I top them with mozzarella cheese, pop them back in the oven for 5 minutes, and once removed start to salivate at the spaghetti crisping up just on the edges and gooey cheese all over the top. Now you know what I mean about the girls’ excitement seeing these beautiful little nests pop out of the oven.

Want to make a recipe that will blow your friends and family away? Whip up a batch of these Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins which will quickly be added to your weekly rotation!

Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 pound ground turkey, light or dark meat
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, whisked and divided
  • 1/3 pound spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzerella cheese, grated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place first 9 ingredients (using only 1 egg whisked) in a bowl and mix to thoroughly combine. 
  • Using a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop, roll 1 tablespoon of turkey mixture into balls.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the turkey meatballs for 5 minutes or until golden on the outside. 
  • Boil the spaghetti, al dente according to package directions, drain, toss with 1 tbsp olive oil and cool thoroughly. 
  • Toss the spaghetti and remaining whisked egg in a bowl to combine. 
  • Divide the spaghetti between 12 regular muffins cups (about 1/4 cup each) and press down to make nests. 
  • Place a meatball into each spaghetti nest, top with 1 tablespoon marinara sauce and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove spaghetti nests from oven, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of mozzarella cheese, and bake for 5 minutes or until pasta starts to become golden and cheese has fully melted. 
  • Sprinkle with reserved parsley and serve.