Mini Spaghetti and Meatball Appetizer

Mini Spaghetti and Meatball Appetizer

  • Author: krazykitchenmom
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 40 individual servings 1x


Looking for a fancy and easy party appetizer? Well, look no further – behold the Mini Spaghetti and Meatball Appetizer. Ready in just a few minutes!



  • 1/2 box of angel hair pasta – broken in half and cooked to al dente
  • 1 small jar of prepared pasta sauce
  • 1 20-ounce bag of frozen mini Italian meatballs (40 meatballs) – thawed
  • 1 eggs – beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 TBS dried Italian seasoning (optional)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Basil leaves for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a mini cupcake pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Place cooked pasta in a medium-sized bowl to cool.
  4. Add egg, cheeses, and seasonings to the pasta and stir until completely incorporated.
  5. Using your fingers, press about 2-3 tablespoons of the pasta, egg and cheese mixture into each of the cupcake holes.
  6. Using a shot glass, press the pasta down so there is an indent for the meatball.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are firm and just starting to brown on the bottom.
  8. While the pasta nests are baking, add the pasta sauce and meatballs to a stove-top pan and simmer until fully warmed.
  9. Remove the pasta nests from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove the nests and top each one with an individual meatball and a fancy toothpick.
  11. Drizzle each meatball with a little more pasta sauce.
  12. Serve warm or room temperature.

  • Category: appetizers
  • Method: easy
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: mini appetizers, holiday appetizers, easy appetizer