Ultimate Party Spaghetti and Meatballs
These ultimate party spaghetti and meatballs will become your new favorite party food. Each bite is loaded with layers of mouth-watering flavor and texture. And the show’s stars are double-smoked bacon and creamy Wisconsin cheddar cheese.
First, the pasta is mixed with a creamy cheese sauce (think mac and cheese). Then you layer on marinara sauce for a tomato fix. Top that with a smoked bacon-wrapped meatball stuffed with cheddar cheese cubes and bits of jalapeno.
If you love smoky cheesy flavors, this one is for you!
Make a double batch of Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Smoked Meatballs and freeze them for quick and easy game day or party appetizers. To keep their perfectly round shape, flash-freeze them before you seal them up. To do this, line a baking pan with parchment paper. Set the meatballs on the parchment and place the pan in the freezer.
Check them after two hours. They should be solid. Once they’ve reached this hardened stage, vacuum seal them in bags. To thaw, place them in the refrigerator overnight, and you’ve got yourself ready-to-go meatballs for your favorite recipes.
I wrapped a batch in bacon, smoked them for an hour, and had this table-ready appetizer with only 10 minutes of touch time.
Ultimate Party Spaghetti and Meatballs
- ½ pound buccatini or spaghetti
- 8 cheesy jalapeno bacon smoked meatballs no bbq sauce
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp flour all-pupose
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- 1` cup milk
- 4 ounces Velveeta Cheese sliced or cubed
- ⅓ cup sharp cheddar shredded
- Cook the spaghetti according to the directions on the package. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place the bowl in a warm spot in your kitchen.½ pound buccatini
- In a small pan, warm the marinara sauce. Reduce heat to low and cover.1 cup marinara sauce
- Meanwhile, warm the meatballs in a medium-sized frying pan until the bacon starts to crisp. Set aside.8 cheesy jalapeno bacon smoked meatballs
- In a 1 1/2-quart saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from the heat.1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp flour, ¼ tsp kosher salt, ⅛ tsp black pepper
- Gradually stir in the milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; boil and stir for 1 minute. As the sauce sits, it will thicken. Add additional milk a tablespoon at a time if needed to thin.1` cup milk
- Remove from the heat and gradually add cheese, stirring with each addition until smooth and creamy.4 ounces Velveeta Cheese, ⅓ cup sharp cheddar
- Add the sauce to the pasta and mix until combined and all the strands are covered in the sauce.
- Twirl a small amount of cheesy pasta around kitchen tweezers or a fork. Place onto the appetizer plate. Top with a spoonful of marinara. Place a meatball on top of the marinara. Garnish and serve.
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