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March 25, 2015

Italian Meatball and Pasta Sticks

Italian Meatball and Pasta Sticks ~ Serve these FUN Italian Meatball and Pasta Sticks for dinner, with veggies or salad on the side, or serve as an Appetizer

Surprise your family with these Italian Meatball and Pasta Sticks for dinner one night or perhaps at lunchtime.

Not only are they fun to make, these Pasta Sticks look very appetizing, too. And make no mistake, it is not only about looks ! This makes a wonderful, delicious main meal with veggies or salads on the side.

Or serve them as appetizers .. whichever way you prefer.

Italian Meatball and Pasta Sticks ~ Serve these FUN Italian Meatball and Pasta Sticks for dinner, with veggies or salad on the side, or serve as an Appetizer

The Italian Meatballs are juicy, and just as delicious on it's own, thanks to the sauteed Onion and Garlic, as well as the Parmesan Cheese that goes into the Meatballs.

These Pasta Sticks are also great served warm or cold, but it really should not stand for more than a couple of hours or the Pasta might go a bit rubbery - well, not rubbery per se, I'd say a little more chewier, if you know what I mean.

The quantities used to thread onto the sticks are all just an estimate, a balance of Pasta and Meatballs which my family like, therefore if you prefer more Pasta, add more Pasta.

I have made these Italian Meatball and Pasta Sticks with Macaroni and Shell-shaped Pasta before, but it did not come out as great - in fact, it was a bit of a mess, the Macaroni was way too soft and the Shells kept tearing, and just did not look right. The Penne on the other hand, works like a charm!

Italian Meatball and Pasta Sticks

Serves 4   {12 Sticks}


2 cups Penne Pasta

1 Onion, finely chopped
3 t Fresh garlic, crushed
1 TB Olive Oil
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
1/2 cup Fresh Breadcrumbs
1 Extra-Large Egg, lightly beaten
1 TB Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
500g Lean Ground Beef
Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

36 Basil Leaves

1 cup Tomato Based Pasta Sauce {your favorite - homemade or store-bought}


1.) Cook the Pasta as per the packet's instructions, drain and keep aside.
2.) Pre-heat the oven to 200 deg C (400 deg F) - spray a 20 x 20cm oven dish with cooking oil.
3.) Heat the Oil in a small pan - saute the Onion and garlic until light golden and soft - remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
4.) In a large bowl, mix the Onion, Parmesan, Breadcrumbs, Egg, Thyme and Beef until well combined - season to taste with Salt and Pepper and give the mixture a final mix - form into 24 small golf ball sized balls and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm up - transfer to the prepared oven dish and bake 25 - 30 minutes, turning halfway, until done.
5.) Once the baked Meatballs have cooled enough to be handled by hand - start to thread the ingredients onto 12 Wooden Kebab Sticks - Basil leaf, 4 Penne Pasta, 1 Meatball - repeat and end with a Basil leaf.

Serve drizzled with Pasta Sauce or serve the Sauce on the side as a dipping sauce.

Italian Meatball and Pasta Sticks ~ Serve these FUN Italian Meatball and Pasta Sticks for dinner, with veggies or salad on the side, or serve as an Appetizer


  1. These look awesome, what a delicious idea!!

  2. This is an excellent idea for a party! You meatballs look delicious too ...can't wait to try this!

  3. These are such a fun idea and look super delicious :)

  4. What a creative recipe -- I love this! I would definitely try this for a pool party this summer!

  5. Great job with these! So original and I can only imagine how wonderful they are to enjoy!

  6. LOVE this idea!! So creative for a fun take on something everyone loves!

  7. Ooh, with barbecue season gearing up, this looks like a great cold appetizer! I'll have to pass this along to my mom (the host of family bonfires around these parts).

  8. These looks so good! I've never seen anything like this before, great idea!

  9. What a great idea for a party but still have a little heartier food!

  10. These look amazing and my kids love anything on a stick! They would devour them!

  11. This is a wonderful and creative idea, Linda. I love how you presented these. They look so delicious. xo, Catherine

  12. I LOVE this! It looks absolutely delicious and it is so creative!

  13. Now THERE'S an idea! I just love this - such a simple but effective idea. Definintely going to try this one out at home - thanks Linda!

  14. Such a fun and creative way to serve this dish.

  15. These look wonderful Linda...kid friendly too!

  16. These look really clever. Wow! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing! :)


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