Ultimate Spaghetti and Meatballs

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There’s nothing quite like a classic, comforting plate of Spaghetti and Meatballs to bring the whole family together. This time-honored Italian-American dish is the perfect balance of rich, savory flavors and satisfying textures, making it a go-to for busy weeknights and cozy Sunday dinners alike.

As a busy woman who loves to cook, I’m always on the lookout for tips and tricks to make my favorite dishes even better. That’s why today, I’m excited to share my secrets for making the most tender, flavorful meatballs and the most luscious, velvety tomato sauce – all from scratch!

Building Flavor: It’s All About the Layers

First things first: creating a flavorful base for your sauce and meatballs. This starts with selecting the right ingredients, such as fresh garlic, onions, and herbs. Don’t be afraid to be generous with these aromatics – they’re the building blocks of a delicious sauce!

Tip: Grate your onion for a smoother sauce and a more even distribution of flavor.

Moisture Matters: The Secret to Tender Meatballs

When it comes to meatballs, one of the most common pitfalls is dryness. To achieve melt-in-your-mouth, tender meatballs, it’s essential to add moisture to the mixture. My secret weapon? Soaking breadcrumbs in milk before mixing them into the meat. This step ensures your meatballs stay juicy and succulent, even after they’re cooked through.

Tip: Use a mixture of ground beef and ground pork for an even more tender and flavorful result.

Sauce Savvy: Simmering Perfection

Now that your meatballs are prepped and ready to go, it’s time to focus on the sauce. A key element to a delicious tomato sauce is time. Giving your sauce ample time to simmer gently on the stove allows the flavors to meld and deepen, creating a rich, velvety texture.

Tip: Add a splash of red wine for an extra layer of depth and complexity.

As your sauce simmers, the meatballs will have the chance to cook slowly and evenly, ensuring they’re tender and full of flavor. Plus, this slow-simmering method means you’ll have plenty of time to cook your spaghetti to al dente perfection!

Once your spaghetti is cooked and your sauce has reached its peak, it’s time to assemble and enjoy your masterpiece. Twirl a generous portion of spaghetti onto your plate, spoon over those scrumptious meatballs, and finish with a generous ladle of your homemade sauce. And don’t forget a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the perfect finishing touch!

There you have it – a foolproof guide to creating the ultimate Spaghetti and Meatballs right in your own kitchen. With these tips and tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be able to impress your family and friends with a restaurant-quality dish that’s sure to become a beloved favorite in your home.

So, go ahead, gather your ingredients, and treat yourself and your loved ones to a truly special meal. Buon appetito!

Ultimate Spaghetti and Meatballs

Course: Main CourseCuisine: Italian


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Indulge in the rich flavors of this Italian classic, perfect for any special occasion or a family dinner.


  • 8 oz spaghetti

  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 cups marinara sauce


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, onion, garlic, and egg. Mix until well combined.
  • Form the mixture into 16-18 evenly sized meatballs.
  • In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer the meatballs to a plate and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the marinara sauce and bring to a simmer. Add the meatballs back into the skillet, cover, and cook for an additional 20-25 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • Serve the cooked spaghetti topped with meatballs and marinara sauce. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley, if desired.
  • Enjoy your Ultimate Spaghetti and Meatballs with your favorite salad or garlic bread.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


  • Feel free to customize the meatball mixture with your favorite herbs and spices.
  • For a vegetarian option, try using a plant-based ground meat alternative.
  • You can also make the meatballs ahead of time and freeze them for a quick and easy meal later.

This Ultimate Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe pairs exceptionally well with a crisp, refreshing Caesar salad, warm garlic bread, or a simple roasted vegetable medley. A glass of your favorite red wine, such as Chianti or Sangiovese, will complement the rich flavors of the dish and create a truly memorable dining experience.

Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Hey there! I'm Jamie Anderson. Born and raised in the heart of New York City, I've always had this crazy love for food and the stories behind it. I like to share everything from those "Aha!" cooking moments to deeper dives into what's really happening in the food world. Whether you're here for a trip down culinary memory lane, some kitchen hacks, or just curious about your favorite eateries, I hope you find something delightful!

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