Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe.

Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe.

Spaghetti and Meatballs
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Recipe for spaghetti and meatballs

Meatballs over spaghetti in a homemade marinara sauce. Discover how to create mouthwatering, sizable Italian meatballs. delicious handmade spaghetti.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Spaghetti and Meatballs, Spaghetti Meatballs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 (2-3 meatballs per serving)
Calories 696kcal
Author Claudia Martinez
Cost $18-$23


Ingredients for meatballs (makes 22 to 23 meatballs):

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or mild olive oil for frying
  • To make meatballs, use 3/4 cup all-purpose flour.
  • One big egg
  • sea salt, one teaspoon
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • Parmesan cheese, grated, plus additional for serving, 1/4 cup
  • Black pepper, half a teaspoon
  • 1 pound of ground Italian sausage, without the wrappers
  • 1 lb. of lean beef (7 percent -15 percent fat)
  • 1/3 cup of iced water
  • 3 slices of white bread, broken or cut into cubes (without the crust).

Sauce components:

  • two teaspoons of basil, chopped finely.
  • When necessary, add salt and pepper
  • 1 bay leaf, 2 (optional)
  • 56 ounces of tomato purée (from 2-28 ounce cans)
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onion, yellow (1 cup chopped)

additional components:

  • 1 lb. of macaroni


Making the ideal Italian meatballs:

  • Fork-mash the bread pieces after combining them with 2/3 cup of water and waiting 5 minutes.
  • 1 pound of ground beef, 1 pound of sausage, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 4 minced garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 egg, and crushed bread crumbs should all be combined in a big basin. Blend well after mixing.
  • 1 1/2-inch beef meatballs (about a flat ice cream scoop of meat). Put flour on meatballs and roll or scrape it off. 3 tablespoons of the mixture in a deep, big, heavy pan or Dutch oven over medium heat Fry the meatballs in two batches without crowding the pan for a total of six minutes, or two minutes each side, until they are well-browned. Remove the meatballs from the pan and set them aside; don't worry about continuing to cook them at this stage.

Making simple marinara sauce:

  • One cup of finely chopped onion should be cooked in the same skillet over medium heat, with additional oil added if necessary, until soft and golden (5 minutes). When fragrant, add 4 smashed garlic cloves and stir for 1–2 minutes.
  • Two mashed tomato cans and two bay leaves make up my heart. Boil it slowly over low heat, stirring to ensure that it truly boils and doesn't merely bubble up to the surface.
  • Re-add the meatballs to the tomato sauce in the skillet, cover partially or completely with a strainer to prevent stains from splashing, and simmer for 30 minutes, rotating the meatballs as needed. The sauce will thicken and the meatballs will swell. Add chopped fresh basil and season with salt and pepper to taste five minutes before the sauce begins to boil.

Spaghetti and meatballs recipe:

  • Pasta should be cooked as directed on the box until done (or the desired doneness), then drained and put back into the empty pot.
  • Pasta should be gently tossed once the sauce and meatballs are added. Transfer to a big plate for family-style presentation, top with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese, and then dish up.


If basil is one of the components in the jar of tomato puree, it is good but not necessary.

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I am Claudia Martinez, the creator behind the food blog where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and my children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  1. 5 stars
    I found the meatball recipe was too moist so they didn’t really form a ball and fell apart during cooking. I think 2/3 c. water was too much. next time I would try just bread crumbs…no water.

  2. 5 stars
    Another stellar recipe! I’ve only made meatballs once before and it wasn’t very successful. This recipe is very easy to follow and made for a wonderful, tasty meal! My store didn’t have Italian sausage so I just used regular pork sausage and added some Italian seasoning. Followed the rest of the recipe as is and it was perfect! I wanted to step away from just opening a spaghetti sauce jar with noodles and this was an easy and very tasty way to do it.

  3. 5 stars
    I just made this dinner tonight and it cabe out wonderful. I used fresh parsley and added 2 tbs of sugar. Besides this I followed it to the T. The meatballs came out better than I ever would have expected. Yummm!! Thank you so much. Will keep this on rotation.

  4. 5 stars
    Fantastic. I had a go to crockpot sauce I’d used for years, but was looking for something more. This was it! Soooo much better. The only changes (absolutely not necessary) I made was to sauté some mushrooms ahead of time to add in, and a few sprigs of thyme. Just glorious.

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