Simple Spaghetti and Meatballs: An All-Time Favorite


Embrace the timeless charm of a classic with our Simple Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe! This all-time favorite is the epitome of comfort food, loved by both kids and adults. Featuring tender, juicy meatballs simmered in a rich tomato sauce and served over a bed of perfectly cooked spaghetti, it's a dish that brings warmth and joy to any meal. Whether it's a cozy family dinner or a gathering with friends, this recipe promises to be a hit every time.

Simple Spaghetti and Meatballs: An All-Time Favorite

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Makes 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 portion of spaghetti with meatballs


For the Meatballs

  • 500 grams (1.1 pounds) of ground beef
  • 100 grams (0.22 pounds) of breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Italian herbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 800 grams (1.76 pounds) of canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

For the Pasta

  • 400 grams (0.88 pounds) of spaghetti

Method of Preparation

Prepare the Meatballs

  • In a bowl, mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, Italian herbs, salt, and pepper.
  • Form into small balls, about the size of a golf ball.

Cook the Meatballs

  • Heat a frying pan with a little olive oil and brown the meatballs on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Make the Sauce:
  • In the same pan, add more olive oil if needed and cook the onion and garlic until soft.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer.
  • Return the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Cook the Spaghetti

  • In a separate pot, cook the spaghetti according to package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • Assemble the Dish:
  • Serve the spaghetti on plates, top with meatballs and sauce.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a lighter version, use ground turkey or chicken for the meatballs.
  • Add a splash of red wine to the sauce for extra depth of flavor.
  • Let the kids help with forming the meatballs for a fun family activity.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I make the meatballs in advance? Yes, you can prepare and cook the meatballs ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze them.
  • What can I serve with spaghetti and meatballs? A side of garlic bread and a green salad pairs well with this dish.
  • Can I use store-bought sauce? Absolutely, if you're short on time, a good quality store-bought sauce can be used.
  • How do I store leftovers? Store the spaghetti and meatballs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.