Kid-Friendly Spaghetti and Meatballs with Secret Vegetable Sauce
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 Deliciously funny meal that is perfect for kids who want to get involved!

4 to 6 servings


  • For noodles:

  • 1/2 lb. spaghetti or fettuccini noodles
  • For meatballs:

  • 2/3 lb. mild pork sausage (about 4 large or 8 mild sausages), casings removed
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 3 1/2 oz. Minced Onion
  • 1 medium carrot, finely grated
  • 1 Tbsp. Greek Oregano
  • 1 1/2 oz. Parmesan Pesto Sprinkle
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • For Secret Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 1/2 oz. Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste or puree
  • Pinch sugar
  • Splash red wine vinegar
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans chopped tomato
  • For assembly:

  • Fresh parsley for "hair"
  • Bell pepper triangles, cut into triangles for beaks and mouths
  • Thin slice of radish or jicama for eyes
  • Olive bits for pupils of eyes

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This fun recipe (and photo!) was submitted to us by Olivia Rose, the blogger behind My King Cook.


For noodles: Cook pasta according to package directions and set aside. Kids can start forming nests once pasta is cool enough to handle.

For meatballs: In a bowl, make meatballs by combining all the meatball ingredients together, except for the olive oil. Once mixed, form into golf-sized balls. Cook over medium-high heat with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Once cooked, set aside. Kids can start decorating with funny faces once cooled.

For Secret Sauce: In a large sauce pan, heat up oil and sauté garlic until lightly brown and fragrant. Add grated zucchini and cook for at least 5 minutes or until soft. Add remaining ingredients and mix well Allow to boil for at least 10 more minutes. Season according to taste.

For decoration: Assemble nests of pasta on a plate and top with cute meatball “faces.”


 Serve with sauce on the side so that you can see the different faces!

Olivia Rose, My King Cook



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