Mini Meatball & Alphabet Pasta Recipe
(Everyones favorite Spaghetti O’s)

This recipe is a huge hit with toddlers and adults alike. Plus it’s easy to make and you can batch and freeze the meatballs. After I made it the first time my daughter said, “mom, this is like the most delicious Spaghetti O’s only it’s healthier!”

Adding the shredded zucchini keeps the meatballs moist and saving the parmesan for a finishing touch is the best way to savor all the flavors. This one-pot meal will please eaters of all ages.

Mini Meatballs & Alphabet Pasta Recipe

Serves 6-8


  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey, beef or pork. You can even do a mixture!
  • 1 cup panko rice breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini, salted and squeezed in a paper towel to remove moisture
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 24oz jar of Rao’s Marinara sauce
  • 8 oz tiny alphabet pasta or pastina stars
  • Grated Parmesan for serving


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400

  2. In a large bowl, mix meat of choice, panko, zucchini, onion, parsley, eggs, Italian seasoning, and salt until well combined; form into 1-inch balls.

  3. Place meatballs on 2 cookie sheets lined with non-stick mats and bake for 15 minutes or until just cooked through. Reserve half the meatballs for a later use. They freeze beautifully.

  4. Add Rao’s sauce and 3 cups chicken broth to a deep sauce pot; cover and heat to a simmer. Add pasta and gently simmer about 7minutes. Add 1/2 of the meatballs to the pot with the pasta and sauce increase heat back to a simmer and heat meatballs through. Serve with a sprinkle of parmesean.

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