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Spooky Spaghetti with Eyeball Meatballs

The scariest thing about these frightful eyeball meatballs is how delicious they are. Savory Italian-style meatballs get dressed up with a homemade parmesan cream sauce and black olives "eyes" that will be a hit with both little monsters and big. 

Difficulty: Easy
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2-4

Ingredients:
For the meatballs
1 lb.  Ground Beef
1/4 cup Zucchini, grated
2 T  Yellow Onion, grated
1/2 T  Italian Parsley, chopped
Garlic Clove, minced 
Large Egg
1 T  Marinara Sauce
2 T Parmesan, grated
2 T  Breadcrumbs
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp Kosher salt 
1/8 tsp Black Pepper
1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
For the pasta: 
2 T Butter
2 T  Flour 
Garlic Clove, minced
1 1/2 cups  Milk
2 T Parmesan, grated
1/4 tsp Salt 
4 oz.  Dried pasta

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, marinara, grated vegetables, herbs, seasoning, cheese, and breadcrumbs.

  2. Add ground beef to bowl and mix by hand, incorporating all ingredients without overworking the meat.

  3. Form into golf-size balls and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, rotating pan and turning meatballs halfway through cooking.

  4. Meanwhile, make the sauce by melting butter in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, stirring frequently and making sure to not let the garlic brown.

  5. Add in flour and stir constantly for 2 minutes to cook the flour. Remove from heat and whisk in milk.

  6. Place skillet back on low heat and whisk for 3 to 5 minutes, until thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Set ¼ cup of sauce aside for the “whites of the eyeballs." Use remaining sauce to coat 4 ounces of cooked spaghetti.

  7. Cook 4 ounces of dried pasta according to package directions.  Drain pasta and place in the skillet with béchamel.  Use tongs to gently coat, then transfer to a serving bowl.  

  8. Place meatballs on top of pasta, then add a ½ teaspoon of sauce to top of each meatball, followed by sliced olives.  

  9. Sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese, if desired, or to make the eyeballs look “bloodshot,” sprinkle with crushed red pepper for heat, or ground paprika.
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