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Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

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Follow this recipe to learn how to make the best spaghetti and meatballs. Spaghetti and meatballs recipe is one of the popular dishes in many houses around the world, and there is a reason for that. This dish is comforting, delicious and everybody loves it, kids and adults! The meatballs are tender and juicy and the tomato sauce (homemade or store-bought) is rich and flavorful.
45 Minutes
45 Minutes

For the pasta:

  • 1 lb (450g) Spaghetti

For the meatballs:

  • 1½ pounds (675g) Ground beef/pork/Italian sausage or combination
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup (50g) Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Oil

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoons Olive oil (if needed)
  • 1 Onion, large
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (28oz/800g) Tomato sauce
  • 1 cup (240ml) Water
  • 1 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 5-6 Basil Leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese for serving

  1. Make the meatballs: in a large bowl combine meat, breadcrumbs, egg, parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Shape into small balls.
  2. In a large pan heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil. Place the meatballs in the hot oil (in two batches if there is no enough place). Cook until browned on all sides, about 1-2 minutes on each side. Or 4-6 minutes in total. Remove meatballs from the pan and set aside.
  3. Make the sauce: in the same pan/skillet add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add chopped onion, sauté until golden, about 5-6 minutes, add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes more.
  4. Pour in tomato sauce, water, season with salt, pepper, paprika and oregano. Bring to sauce to a boil, add the meatballs, cover with a lid, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Make the pasta: fill a large pot with water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil. 10 minutes before the meatballs are ready, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions.
  6. Drain and add to the sauce, add chopped parsley, chopped basil and stir.
  7. Transfer to a plate and grate some parmesan cheese on top.

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