Spaghetti and Meatballs Muffin Bites

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • cooking spray
  • 1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 ½ cups tomato-based pasta sauce
  • 12 (1 ounce) cooked meatballs
  • Directions

  • Step 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.

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  • Step 2

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

  • Step 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.

  • Step 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.”

  • Step 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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