Meatballs in a spaghetti nest

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Winter weather is in full force and that means snow days could be in our near future. Nutrition specialist Lisa Farmer shared a yummy recipe for meatballs in a spaghetti nest that will get the kids excited to eat dinner.


Meatballs in a spaghetti nest

1 lb dry spaghetti

3 eggs

1/4 cup of Romano Cheese, plus extra for garnish

1 lb. of Marina’s Meatballs

1-24 oz jar of Marina’s Tomato Sauce


  1. Cook spaghetti according to directions on package. Drain the pasta and set is aside to cool. When the pasta is cool enough to handle whisk the eggs in a bowl and add to the pasta.  Stir to combine and add the Romano cheese, and 1 cup of tomato sauce. Heat remaining 2 cups of tomato sauce in a small pan on the stove.
  2. Lightly spray two 12 cup muffin tins with cooking spray. Place about 1/3 cup of spaghetti mixture into each cup in the pan. Use a spoon, or your fingers to form a nest in the center of the spaghetti. Bake in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  3. Leave pasta nests in the muffin tins and top each with 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce and a meatball or two (depending on the size). Top with a second tablespoon of tomato sauce and a sprinkle of Romano cheese.

Serve with a tossed salad, warm local bread, and a warm side of Marina’s Tomato Sauce.

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