Ninja Foodi spaghetti and meatballs – Katykicker
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Hearty meals are almost always a winner in my house. My daughters love spaghetti and dumplings and it’s a family meal I can cook, I guarantee everyone will eat it, and best of all, it’s a really low effort. Ninja Foodi’s spaghetti and dumplings are tasty, easy to make, quick and I can hide lots of vegetables in pasta sauce.
Be sure to check out my Ninja air fryer recipes
and Ninja Foodi accessories while you’re here! Ingredients for spaghetti and meatballs
in the Ninja Foodi: 12 dumplings
air fryer dumplings) – about 350g 10ml
vegetable oil 200g spaghetti (I
love making pressure cooker spaghetti
400ml pasta sauce – I like to use tomato paste sauce and kale 300ml
meat broth (about 1 1/3 cups)
50g Parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese (or a mix!)
Italian seasoning or fresh basil
Method for spaghetti and meatballs Ninja Foodi: Lightly brown the meatballs in a little oil.
Place them in the bowl of the Ninja Foodi pressure cooker
Add the meat broth
Break the spaghetti in half, to fit, and place them on top of the meatballs
. Top with spaghetti sauce.
You want to make sure everything is completely covered with the pasta/spaghetti
Place the Ninja Foodi, or instant cooker, to cook under pressure for 7 minutes over high heat
Quickly release pressure
Stir well to mix everything. The consistency of everything should be thick, not watery. If it is too watery, you may want to pressure cook for another 1-2 minutes.
grated Parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese, sprinkle over some Italian seasoning or some torn basil and replace the lid and leave for 5 minutes
Serve and enjoy
. What kind of spaghetti
do you need for this method? I use dried spaghetti
that I bought in a supermarket in the UK. If you use fresh spaghetti, this will alter the cooking time and cook MUCH faster. In this case, I would recommend using dried spaghetti for this recipe.
Alternatively, I would suggest cooking the dumplings almost completely, adding the fresh spaghetti, following the same method but using half the broth, cooking for 2 minutes in the pressure cooking setting, releasing the pressure, and then following the same method for adding fresh cheese and herbs.
Can you reheat leftovers?
Yes, you can! Usually just microwave for about 3 minutes (800W microwave) until it is very hot. You’ll want to adjust slightly based on the power of your microwave.
I like to add a few pepperflakes when reheating, just to give it a little boost of flavor
. What kind of meatballs do you need for this recipe? I use my own homemade dumplings, just because we all love them, however, you can use fresh meatballs, vegan or vegetarian dumplings or even frozen
if that’s convenient for you. Just follow the same method of browning the outside a little first.
If I used frozen dumplings, I would probably look to thaw overnight if I had time, or add 1 minute to the cooking time and check that the internal temperature has reached a safe level before serving my family
Can pre-made meatballs and sauce be used?
Yes, absolutely. I love making homemade as it can be a little cheaper and healthier, but spaghetti/pasta sauce is pretty low in calories these days, and the pre-made meatballs are very convenient.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying it ready and throwing it all away. It will make food even faster to prepare and is ideal if you’re in a hurry, or maybe you’re not a great cook.
How to make spaghetti and meatballs on the Ninja Foodi
Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific raw ingredients I used when creating the recipe.