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Meatballs and Spaghetti

Photo: Oxmoor House
Total time 1 hr, 40 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 2/3 cup pasta, 3 meatballs, and 2/3 cup sauce)
It takes a tender hand to make a light meatball. The key is in the rolling; you want to leave air pockets in the meatballs, so shape the balls gently in your hand, making sure not to squash them.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups minced onion
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups lower-sodium marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 pound ground sirloin
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 1 (1.5-ounce) slice firm white bread, crumbled
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • Grated fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 537
  • fat 24.3 g
  • satfat 8.3 g
  • monofat 10.3 g
  • polyfat 4.1 g
  • protein 31.4 g
  • carbohydrate 46.7 g
  • fiber 3.8 g
  • cholesterol 113 mg
  • iron 5.7 mg
  • sodium 406 mg
  • calcium 147 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Stir in onion; cover and cook 10 minutes. Uncover; stir, and reduce heat to medium. Cook 15 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Add 1/4 cup water, stirring to loosen browned bits; cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.

  2. Place marinara sauce in a Dutch oven. Bring to a simmer over low heat.

  3. Combine onion mixture, basil, and next 6 ingredients (through egg) in a large bowl. Add ground sirloin, ground pork, and crumbled bread; stir gently to combine. Shape meat mixture into 18 (2-inch) balls. Place meatballs in sauce. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until meatballs are done.

  4. While meatballs simmer, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

  5. Serve meatballs and sauce over pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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