Chili-Style Spaghetti and Meatballs

If desired, freeze leftovers in single servings--spaghetti, three meatballs, and sauce.


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Bake: 15 Minutes
Cook: 20 Minutes


1 1/2 pounds ground round
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (14 1/2-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (14-oz.) can beef broth
1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chiles
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped red onion


1. Combine ground round, 1 Tbsp. onion, and next 2 ingredients in a large bowl just until blended. Gently shape meat mixture into 18 (1 1/2-inch) balls.

2. Place a lightly greased rack in an aluminum foil-lined broiler pan. Arrange meatballs on rack.

3. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until browned. (Centers will be slightly pink.)

4. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Keep warm.

5. Cook chili powder in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and next 3 ingredients. Gently stir meatballs into tomato mixture. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Gently stir in beans, and cook 3 more minutes. Serve immediately with spaghetti and desired toppings.


M.B. Quesenberry, Dugspur, Virginia,

Southern Living

March 2007
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