Ultimate Spaghetti and Meatballs

Kids, adults, college students, neighbors, and even teenagers will love this must-try spaghetti recipe.

All You JANUARY 2007

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Cook time: 30 Minutes
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$2.68


  • 1/2 pound ground beef, preferably chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground veal or turkey
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (28 oz.) jar pasta sauce
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan, optional


Combine meats, onion, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix gently with your hands until well-blended (do not overmix). Shape mixture into 8 meatballs, each about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.

Warm olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook meatballs until brown all over, 6 to 8 minutes, turning carefully with tongs. Remove skillet from heat and carefully pour pasta sauce over meatballs. Place skillet over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook gently until there is no trace of pink in center of meatballs, about 20 minutes.

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain well and divide among 4 shallow pasta bowls or plates. Top each portion with 2 meatballs and ladle on sauce. If desired, top with grated Parmesan.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 986
  • Fat: 46g
  • Saturated fat: 13g
  • Protein: 55g
  • Carbohydrate: 85g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 189mg
  • Sodium: 733mg

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