Spaghetti with Meatballs

Spaghetti with meatballs

Ingredients (Serves 6)

1. Spaghetti – 1 lb

2. Ground beef – 1 lb (I used Angus ground beef 93 % lean and 7 % fat)

3. Fresh bread crumbs – 1/2 cup

    Panko bread crumbs – 2 tbsp (optional)

    Parmesan cheese – 1/2 cup, grated

    Egg – 1, beaten

    Dried oregano – 3/4 tsp

    Fresh parsley – 3 tbsp, minced

    Onion –  1/4 cup, finely chopped

    Garlic powder – 1/8 tsp

    Dried basil – 1/4 tsp

    Coarse ground pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

    Salt – 3/4 – 1 tsp or to taste

4. Olive oil – 2 tbsp

For the sauce

5. Onion – 3/4 cup, chopped

   Garlic – 4 cloves, minced

   Crushed tomatoes  – 2 28 oz cans

   Sugar – 1 tsp or to taste

   Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp

   Salt – To taste

6. Basil leaves – 3 – 4 tbsp, thinly sliced

    Fresh parsley – 3 tbsp, finely chopped

    Parmesan cheese – 1/4 cup


1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef with all the ingredients numbered 3 using your fingers (do not over mix). Roll into 15 – 17 golf-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet. Cover and place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up.

2. In a large skillet, add the olive oil and let it get hot over medium high heat. Add the meat balls in 1 – 2 batches and cook them for 3 to 4 minutes until they are browned on all sides. Don’t crowd the meatballs. Remove the meatballs to a plate lined with paper towels.

3. In the remaining oil, saute onion and garlic until onion is translucent. Stir in crushed tomatoes, salt, sugar, pepper powder and salt. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add the meatballs, stir in gently and simmer 10 – 15 minutes more until they are fully cooked through. Sprinkle basil leaves, chopped parsley and grated parmesan cheese.

4. While the meatballs are cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti according to the package directions and drain.

5. Place cooked spaghetti on dinner plates and top with meatballs, sauce and extra grated parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti with meatballs

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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