Spaghetti Muffin Recipe For Dinner Under 30 Minutes


These cute things are traditional picnic food in Italian homes and a popular snack for the kids. Easy and practical for mums as you can plan a spaghetti dinner the previous day and make extra to repurpose into these cute muffins the next day. I often add some grated “hidden” veggies or chopped spinach inside for my boys and then spice it up for the adults! 

For added protein, you can always add one additional egg. If you do not eat eggs, just add in some cheddar in the beginning which will help bind it all together.

With the gorgeous festive colours of red, white and green, you know you want these babies on your table this December!

Makes 12 mini muffins


  • 350-400 Gms Cooked Spaghetti
  • 1 Cup Italian Tomato Sauce (recipe below)
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼ Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Black Olives (Optional)
  • ¼ Cup Grated Veggies (Optional)
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste
  • Chilli flakes (optional)


  • In a bowl, combine half the tomato sauce and cooked spaghetti and toss together.
  • Add parmesan cheese, couple of pinches of salt, chilli flakes and black pepper (if using) and a few chopped basil leaves and mix gently. 
  • Whisk an egg and add it in. If you do not consume egg then add in 2 tbsp extra of cheddar cheese. Add in any grated vegetables or chopped spinach if you like.
  • Brush a silicon muffin tray with olive oil and fill in the base of each cavity with some breadcrumbs. You can also use a metallic muffin tin and insert paper cups or grease them well for easy removal.
  • Twirl the spaghetti with a fork neatly into the cavities. Top with a teaspoon of the remaining tomato sauce, olive slices and a sprinkle of breadcrumbs. 
  • Preheat the oven to 200 C and bake the muffins for 10 minutes. Remove the tray after 10 minutes & add the grated cheddar cheese on top. 
  • Reduce heat to 180C and bake for another 5 minutes or till the cheese has melted and the top of the muffins are slightly browned.
  • Cool outside on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before removing the muffins and finish with chopped basil leaves.
  • Serve at room temperature so one can hold them in their hands and bite in like a regular muffin. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days and also taste delicious cold!

Natasha’s family recipe -Italian Tomato Sauce (Yields 3 cups of sauce)


  • 1 Kg Tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 Rosemary Sprigs (optional)
  • Salt And freshly ground Black Pepper
  • Chilli Flakes (optional)


  • In a pot, cook the tomatoes with 2 tsp of salt, cover and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes or till the tomatoes are soft. The tomatoes will cook in their own water. Stir now and then. This can also be done in a pressure cooker.
  • Heat a pan and add the olive oil. Add the onions and cook till translucent. Add the garlic and cook on medium heat for another 30 seconds, stirring often. Add the chilli flakes, cooked tomatoes with all their water, rosemary sprigs (if using). Cover and cook on a low flame for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste for salt and add some freshly crushed black pepper. Discard the rosemary stems.
  • Cool and blend till you have a smooth consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning.
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