Have you ever thought that your favorite “messy” dish would be more enjoyable if it were, somehow made less messy? Well, “Snacking in The Kitchen” one of the experts of global social networking service, and forum at All Recipes.com have figured out how to make one of Americas favorite pasta dishes, spaghetti and meatballs easier to eat, as well as being easy to serve. AllRecipes.com is an online hub that encourages users to post recipes, comment on and make changes to existing recipes and search for specific recipes. It also allows users to create recipe blogs, vote on pictures of finished dishes, and receive awards based on their submissions and results. In the Spaghetti and Meatballs Muffin Bites tutorial, they use a standard muffin pan to make individual servings of the dish.
They first cook the pasta by bringing a large pot of lightly salted water to boil, placing the spaghetti in the boiling water, and stir occasionally to ensure that it’s cooked through but firm enough to bite, which is estimated to be 7 minutes. Second, you are to drain the noodles and toss them in a bowl of olive oil, this makes sure that they do not stick together prematurely making it hard to separate them into the muffin tray, then refrigerate until cooled for 15 min max.
Third, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees Celsius), and spray the muffin pan with cooking spray to ensure neat and easy plate-to-plate transportation. Toss the now cooled spaghetti with one cup Parmesan cheese; now divide the spaghetti amongst the prepared muffin cups, arranging them to create a nest for the meatballs. Once this has been achieved, top each (nest) with one TBS of pasta sauce. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese over the top of each spaghetti and sauce nest.
The last step of the recipe is to bake it in the preheated oven, until the spaghetti and meatballs are heated through and cheese melts (20-25 min). Cool the dish slightly, before transferring the finished product onto a serving platter. This makes for a wonderful party appetizer dish, or even just something different for dinner accompanied by two sides of your choice.
“There’s a reason spaghetti and meatballs appear on so many dinner tables – it’s a comforting meal, easy to put together, and loaded with flavor. This recipe turns the traditional meal into party-ready, individual servings of spaghetti and meatballs muffin bites.” – Snacking in the Kitchen