Easy spaghetti and meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs. The PERFECT meatball, tender, juicy and full of flavor, simmered in a rich marinara sauce. This is the only spaghetti sauce recipe you need! Always a big hit with family and every guest!

This spaghetti and meatball recipe is it Quick and Easy to throw together! That meatballs and sauce are made in the same pan which means fewer dishes and an epic flavored sauce. Plus, I share all of my tips to ensure a tender, juicy meatball that won’t break when cooking!

How to make the best meatballs

  • Use Italian spices with bread. This adds a wonderful flavor to the meatballs, and the fine structure of the breadcrumbs is perfect for absorbing the juice from the meat and eggs, making these meatballs juicy and tender.
  • Put meatballs in the pan, getting a good sear on meatballs helps them get a wonderful flavor, keeping their shape, plus we will need all the delicious brown leftovers in the pan as we make our sauce.
  • Mix up meatballs with your hand. Using a spoon does not get the job done and we will not overmix with a mixer and run with hard meatballs.
  • To ALL the meatball tips and tricks you will check out my classic meatball recipe post.

Pans filled with homemade meatballs in marinara sauce.

How to make spaghetti sauce

When meatballs are injured on all sides, remove them from the pan and set them aside. Using the same pot keep making the sauce.

  1. Sauté the onion, when tender and transparent, add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in some tomato paste. This adds a thickness to the sauce.
  3. Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, ground black pepper and salt.
  4. Stir everyone.
  5. Add meatballs again.
  6. Simmer and finish cooking meatballs for at least 30 minutes. This helps the flavors to evolve and soak into the meatballs. While the sauce is simmering, prepare the spaghetti noodles.

Pans filled with homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs that mix spaghetti noodles in.

Then the final step is to add the noodles! You can either add the noodles to the sauce and stir together, let them sit under low heat for a few minutes. I feel this adds more flavor to the noodles. Or you can serve the noodles with the sauce sliced ​​on top. Either way, this will be a big hit for the whole family!

Plate filled with homemade spaghetti and meatballs.

Several light family dinner recipes:


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 kg of meat, 80% preferred
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ t painted black pepper
  • ¼ cup parmesan, grated
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup of milk

Spaghetti sauce

  • ½ cup onions, cubes
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tomato sauces (14 ounce cans)
  • 2 (14 ounce cans) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ t painted black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 lb spaghetti noodles
  • Mix the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, grated parmesan, minced onion and minced garlic together in medium-sized mixing bowl. Slowly pour in the milk and mix with your hands to ensure it is thoroughly mixed. The mixture will be wet.

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Use your hands to roll the meatball mixture into small balls with a diameter of about 1 inch. Place in pan covered with oil.

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat.

  • Use your hands to roll the meatball mixture into small balls with a diameter of approx. 1 inch. Place in pan covered with oil.

  • Cook meatballs over medium heat, turning as they cook until brown on all sides. Cook in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding.

  • When all meatballs have been cut out, remove from pan and set aside. (don't worry if the meatballs are cooked through, they are done cooking in the sauce) Empty the fat from the pan, but leave all the black bits.

  • Put the pan back on the stove at low heat. Add the onion and cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato paste.

  • Pour the tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes. Add oregano, basil, salt and black pepper. Stir to combine. Add the light brown sugar and stir.

  • Put meatballs back in the pan. Gently mix into the sauce.

  • Bring the sauce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.

  • While the sauce is simmering, cook the spaghetti noodles according to their directions. Combine sauce and noodles together in sauce pan, or just pour the sauce directly over the noodles.

Recipe makes about 20 large meatballs.

Serving: 1 g, Calories: 505 kg, Carbohydrates: 71 g, Protein: 37 g, Fat: 14 g, Cholesterol: 86 mg, Fiber: 8 g

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