Air Fryer Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins

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Check out this fun way to get your pasta fix with these Air Fryer Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins. Small nests made of spaghetti with a mini meatball set right in the center and, plenty of ooey gooey cheese, all in the perfect finger food! Great for a game time appetizer, back to school lunchbox treat or a quick and easy dinner. Regular oven options given.

Appetizer spread with cheese board and pasta muffins.

Pasta Muffins

Summer is coming to an end and I’m starting to think of easy lunches for kids, quick dinners and lots of comfort food. These Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins check all the boxes. They’re quick to make, have all the flavors of your favorite pasta meal and work great for an appetizer, after school snack lunchboxes or even dinner. Believe me the kids will love devouring these!

Overhead of cheese board and muffin tin Spaghetti and Meatballs.

It was perfect timing since my favorite grocery store, Publix, was holding their “Make It Italian” promotion. So many tasty products with great savings that I actually bought enough to make more of my favorite Italian dinners. You know, like Homemade Meat Lasagna and Homemade Pepperoni Pizza and my football favorite, Pizza Dip. Check out all the savings HERE starting August 3, 2019.

Today’s Muffin Tin Spaghetti and Meatballs was the perfect recipe to use some of the delicious new products they had on special, like Ronzoni Homestyle Pasta and Bertolli® Rustic Cut Pasta Sauce. You won’t believe how easy and fun these are to make, just in time for football games and holiday parties.

closeup on Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins with blurred sauce in background.

Some Great Benefits to making Pasta Muffins 

  • A great way to use up leftover pasta. These work with both long strand spaghetti, elbows and ziti.
  • Hide hidden vegetables in the sauce or meatballs. No one will know they’re getting their veggies too!
  • Perfect meal prep item for lunch boxes and easy dinners. 
  • I love these as leftovers. Whoever thought of spaghetti and meatballs as a finger food!!
  • Change up the beef meatballs with turkey or chicken versions or even vegetarian versions.

Easy Steps to Make Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins

Steps to make pasta mixture.

  1. Place cooked pasta in large bowl. (photo 1)
  2. Pour sauce over pasta and mix well. (photo 2)
  3. Add beaten egg and stir. (photo 3)
  4. Sprinkle in shredded mozzarella cheese. (photo 4)
  5. Add grated Parmesan cheese. (photo 5)
  6. Stir well. Ready to fill muffin cups. (photo 6)

Air Frying steps

  1. Stuff muffin cups with pasta mixture, pressing down to make compact. (photo 7)
  2. Fill all muffin cups. (photo 8)
  3. Place as many muffin cups as will comfortably fit in your air fryer. (photo 9)
  4. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until pasta is a little brown and cheese has melted. (photo 10)

Adding meatball steps to finish muffins.

  1. Carefully take out of air fryer with tongs and place one cooked meatball in the center of each spaghetti nest. (photo 11)
  2. Spoon a little pasta sauce over meatball. (photo 12)
  3. Sprinkle more mozzarella cheese on top of sauce. (photo 13)
  4. Place back in fryer for 2 more minutes. (photo 14)

Let them cool slightly then squeeze silicone muffin cup lightly and take out pasta muffin and plate. Serve with additional marinara on the side.

Ready to party with appetizers and vanity fair napkins
Dinners are so much fun when we have these Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins! And the cleanup is as easy as the prep. I like to serve these Pasta Muffins with a side of French bread, deliciously made fresh at my Publix Bakery, or a fresh salad. If having for a tailgating or cocktail party, I pair it up with a cheese and fruit board plus some Vanity Fair Extra Absorbent Napkins. Enjoy!

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Appetizer spread with pasta sauce and penne packaging and flowers.

5 from 2 votes
Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
21 mins
 

Get your pasta fix with Spaghetti & Meatball Muffins. Pasta nests with meatball center, gooey cheese, in the perfect finger food! Great lunchbox treat too!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: air fryer pasta muffins, muffin Tin Spaghetti and meatballs, pasta muffins, spaghetti muffins
Servings: 24 muffins
Calories: 120 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 8.8 oz Ronzoni Homestyle Pasta
  • 2 cups Bertolli® Rustic Cut Pasta Sauce
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 24 meatballs cooked
Directions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Place pasta in large bowl and mix in 1-1/2 cups marinara.
  3. Stir in beaten egg.
  4. Add 1 cup mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan to pasta mixture and stir well.

  5. Spray silicone baking cups with nonstick spray.
  6. Fill each cup with pasta mixture, pressing down to make more compact.
  7. Place the baking cups in your air fryer. Make sure there is enough room for air to flow freely around them. Don’t overcrowd. These can be done in stages until all are cooked.
  8. Cook for 4-5 minutes at 390 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully remove from air fryer with large tongs.

  9. Push a meatball into the center of each muffin cup. Top with a little more sauce and a sprinkling of mozzarella.
  10. Return to air fryer and cook an additional 2 minutes at 390 degrees F.

  11. Remove with tongs and set aside to cool slightly.
  12. Repeat with remaining Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins.
  13. Once cooled, they can be taken out of the silicone cups and placed on a serving platter. Serve with additional pasta sauce on the side.

  14. These muffins can be wrapped singly for lunchboxes, snacks or freeze for future use.

  15. To reheat from frozen, place in microwave and cook for 1 minute. If still a little cold, add more time in 30 second increments.

Recipe Notes

Regular Oven Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a nonstick muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  • Proceed to pack in pasta mixture as described above. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove and add meatball to center, top with sauce and a sprinkling of cheese.
  • Place under broiler until cheese melts and browns.
  • Carefully remove muffin from muffin tin and serve with additional marinara on side.

Some Great Benefits to making Pasta Muffins 

  • A great way to use up leftover pasta. These work with both long strand spaghetti, elbows and ziti.
  • Hide hidden vegetables in the sauce or meatballs. No one will know they're getting their veggies too!
  • Perfect meal prep item for lunch boxes and easy dinners. 
  • I love these as leftovers. Whoever thought of spaghetti and meatballs as a finger food!!
  • Change up the beef meatballs with turkey or chicken versions or even vegetarian versions.
Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 208mg9%
Potassium 143mg4%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 179IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Tisha
    08/04/2019 at 12:58 am

    5 stars
    Love this idea! Such a great dinner dish everyone will love!

  • Reply
    Genevieve
    08/03/2019 at 10:45 pm

    Christina! I had no idea you also had a food blog! From one blogger to another, bravo! And this recipe looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Sandi
    08/03/2019 at 9:34 pm

    This is totally genius! Kids will go crazy for these :-).

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/13/2019 at 4:00 pm

      they really are fun and delicious. Even the big kids went crazy. lol

  • Reply
    Adrianne
    08/03/2019 at 9:30 pm

    5 stars
    That is so cool that you can make these in the air fryer! I am new to that type of cooking so it is awesome to see that you can do such versatile recipes in there. YUM!!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/13/2019 at 4:01 pm

      The air fryer is now my new favorite appliance. It’s great for making quick dinners as well as appetizers.

  • Reply
    Ellen
    08/03/2019 at 8:21 pm

    What a fun dish! I know this will be a hit with my family.

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