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Spaghetti and Meatball Sliders

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How do you make spaghetti and meatballs even more fun? Turn them into sliders! These sandwiches take two of our favorite meals and combine them into one super fun dish that tastes amazing. Spaghetti and meatball sliders are sure to make them run to the dinner table. Just have the napkins ready!

Spaghetti and meatball slider stuffed with plenty of pasta, tomato sauce, melted cheese, and a meatball with garlic butter brushed on top.

If you are one of those people who likes to pile their spaghetti on top of their garlic bread, these sliders are for you. You get all of that classic spaghetti and meatballs flavor in a cute buttery, garlicy sandwich that will have you licking your fingers and asking for more.

This recipe is a great way to make dinner more fun. These little sliders are sure to break you out of your mealtime rut.

Hand holding a spaghetti and meatball slider with a bite missing showing the inside of the homemade meatball inside.

Just make a little side salad or some broccoli, and dinner is ready. Everyone will be excited to dig in.

They would also be great for a game day party. These sliders are so much more fun than just serving some meatballs in sauce.

Whatever excuse you need to make them, just go ahead and think it up. Then make sure to get some rolls on your grocery list because these are going to be good!

The Meatballs

Making your own meatballs is pretty easy to do. You don’t need a ton for the sliders, so the recipe only uses half of a lot of items.

Ingredients including ground beef, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, spaghetti noodles, pasta sauce, butter, dinner rolls, and seasonings ready to be made into spaghetti and meatball sliders.

I would go ahead and make a full batch using the full pound of beef and packet of onion soup mix. Then, use the other half of the meatballs for another meal or freeze them to make sliders again another time.

These meatballs include all of the ingredients you would expect, and they taste great. You can use your favorite homemade meatball recipe if you prefer.

You can also just warm up some frozen meatballs. I understand being busy and having to take shortcuts where you can, so there is no shame in that.

Do whatever you need to in order to make dinner happen. And be glad you were able to feed your people something delicious.

Assembling the Sliders

As with most sliders, these are built on a pack of Hawaiian rolls. If you don’t like sweeter bread, you can use a pack of your favorite dinner rolls.

Go ahead and slice them across the equator and set the tops aside for a minute. Put the bottoms of the rolls in a greased pan and pile them high with spaghetti and sauce.

Arrange a meatball over each roll and top all of that with cheese. See, can’t you already tell these are going to be good?

Place the tops of the rolls back on and put together a quick seasoned butter. Just melt the butter with a little bit of garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning.

Brush that glorious goodness over those rolls and cover the pan with foil. Baking them covered for a bit ensures the cheese gets all melted and the centers stay so soft and delicious.

Remove the foil and bake them a little bit longer to toast the tops. Then, they will have that perfect combination of textures and flavors.

You will want to cut the sliders apart so the spaghetti noodles don’t disrupt everything, then dig in. Each of those sliders is a bit of yummy carb heaven!

More Meatball Fun

If you are a spaghetti and meatball fan, you should also make my spaghetti and meatball casserole. Or try making Instant Pot creamy spaghetti and meatballs for a really quick and easy dinner.

Pile of spaghetti and meatball sliders on plate, ready to eat.

No boil rigatoni and meatballs is another easy meal to put together. Or try making some porcupine meatballs for something a little bit different.

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Hand holding a slider filled with spaghetti, tomato sauce, a meatball, and melted cheese, ready to eat.

Spaghetti and Meatball Sliders

Carlee
How do you make spaghetti and meatballs even more fun? Turn them into sliders! These sandwiches take two of our favorite meals and combines them into one super fun dish that tastes amazing. Spaghetti and meatball sliders are sure to make them run to the dinner table, just have the napkins ready!
5 from 6 ratings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinners
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Sliders
Calories 339 kcal

Ingredients
 

Meatballs

  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ envelope onion soup mix
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Sliders

  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles cooked al dente and drained
  • 1 cup jarred marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 12 Hawaiian rolls
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Garlic Butter

  • ½ cup salted butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions
 

Meatballs

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, bread crumbs, parmesan, egg, onion soup mix, garlic powder, oregano, and pepper until combined. Do not overmix. I like to use my hands for this step.
    ½ pound lean ground beef, 2 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, 1 large egg, ½ envelope onion soup mix, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Divide the mixture into 12 portions and roll into balls. Place on the prepared sheet tray, not touching.
  • Bake the meatballs for 10-15 minutes, or until an internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Sliders

  • While the meatballs are baking, make the spaghetti. Place the cooked noodles into a large bowl with the marinara sauce and parmesan cheese, stir to combine.
    8 ounces spaghetti noodles, 1 cup jarred marinara sauce, ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Slice the rolls in half lengthwise. Place the bottom, cut side up into the prepared baking dish.
    12 Hawaiian rolls
  • Add the spaghetti on top of the rolls.
  • Place one meatball onto each slider.
  • Add the mozzarella on top of the meatballs.
    2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Place top of rolls over the cheese.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the butter, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder. Brush this all over the tops of the rolls, use it all!
    ½ cup salted butter, ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Cover with nonstick foil or spray a large piece of foil with nonstick spray and cover the sliders, make sure the oil doesnt touch the tops.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, remove the foil, and bake for an additional 4-5 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are browned.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

Notes

I like to go ahead and double the meatball recipe. That way you use a whole pound of ground beef and package of onion soup mix. Then use the extra meatballs for another meal or freeze them for the next batch of sliders.
Use your favorite store bought or homemade marinara sauce. You can even serve some extra warmed on the side for dipping!
Add some fresh chopped basil to the spaghetti mixture or topping for a fresh twist.
Use ground pork, chicken, or turkey in place of beef if desired.
Reheat in the oven covered with foil so they don’t burn. Or just put them in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute.
Keep leftovers in and airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, freeze for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1SliderCalories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 16gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 454mgPotassium: 206mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 502IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 139mgIron: 1mg
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Karen @karenskitchenstories

Monday 12th of February 2024

What a super fun idea!! These are perfect for a party and everyone loves spaghetti and meatballs.

Carlee

Monday 12th of February 2024

Thank you!

Andrea Nine

Monday 12th of February 2024

What a great party food! Another fantastic recipe to save, and create here in my own kitchen! Thank you!

Carlee

Monday 12th of February 2024

Thank you so much, Andrea!

Alli

Sunday 11th of February 2024

These will be a hit at the Super Bowl watch party today! What a fun idea.

Carlee

Sunday 11th of February 2024

Thank you!