Homemade Spaghetti & Meatballs

There are some that say they are a meat and potatoes kind of person.  Well, I am a spaghetti and meatballs kind of one!

About this Recipe

By: Kelli South Spaghetti and meatballs is probably the most frequent dishes made in my house.  Not just because I make fresh pasta all the time but whenever anyone asks my husband, “What is the best meal Kelli makes?” and you know what he says? Spaghetti and meatballs…and Rosemary Rolls!
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Yellow Onlion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp  Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
  • 1 1/4 tsp Seasoning Salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Cups White Rice, cooked Spaghetti
  • 2/3 Box Spaghetti
  • 5 Cups Pasta Sauce, Tomato Based
  • 2 tbsp Corn Startch
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, finely graded
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
I am not very big on putting any chunky ingredients into my meatballs.  Typically I just stick with seasonings, bread crumbs and eggs.  I always make meatballs ahead of time and freeze them in packs of 6 and 9.  I buy ground beef at Costco and it come in about 7 pound packages.  I will freeze a few in 1 pound portions and make the rest into meat balls. This classic meatball recipe is something I always make extra of and freeze for future easy meals!  I start by using one of my favorite ingredients GARLIC! Using a little olive oil, sauté the garlic until it is soft and fragrant.  Set aside when done.  In a large mixing bowl, add ground beef, egg, onions, sautéed garlic, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, onion powder, seasoning salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, yes, more garlic!  I like to add both sautéed garlic and garlic powder because they both give different garlic flavors.  Mix all the ingredients together and form into 12-14 meatballs.
Coat a medium sauté pan with olive oil on medium-high heat.  Once oil is hot, add meatballs.  Sear on each side until golden brown.  You will just be browning the meatballs, they will finish cooking in the pasta sauce.  Once all the sides are browned, set the meatballs aside. In a medium sauce pan, add tomato sauce and start to warm on medium heat.  Once sauce has warmed, add meatballs and cook for 10-15 minutes, when meatballs are fully cooked and sauce is hot.  The sauce should cook at a simmer not a boil.  When the meat balls are fully cooked, set on a side plate.

Add cooked spaghetti to tomato sauce to re-heat.  Stir the pasta in the sauce to ensure even heating and coating of sauce.  Once the spaghetti is coated and hot, serve!  Add meatballs and garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

In a small sauce pan, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil.  Once oil is hot, add chopped garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, 4-5 minutes.  Stir constantly to prevent burning.  Once fully cooked, set aside.  In a large bowl, mix ground beef, onions, sauteed garlic, egg yolk, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and seasonings.  Mix until combined and form into 14-16 even meatballs.

Step 2

In a medium sauce pan, add olive oil on medium-high heat.  Once oil is hot, add meatballs, spacing at least 1/2 inch apart.  You are only searing the meatballs to brown them, they will finish cooking in the sauce.  Cook until bottom is browned, then flip.  Rotate cooking sides of the meatballs until all sides are browned (6-10 min).  Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 3

In a medium sauce pan, add tomato sauce.  Heat until warm.  Once warmed, add meatballs.  Cook for 10-15 minutes, until meatballs are fully cooked and sauce is hot.  The sauce should heat at a simmer, not a boil.

Step 4

Cook spaghetti according to box directions.

Step 5

Once sauce is hot, remove meatballs and set aside.  Add cooked pasta to sauce and stir to coat.  Garnish pasta with meatballs, parmesan cheese and parsley.

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