Family-style spaghetti and meatballs

Family-style spaghetti and meatballs

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total: 50 min
  • Serving: Makes 12 meatballs

Bowls of hot spaghetti topped with homemade tomato sauce and meatballs are a classic family treat. Accompany this dish with a crisp, green salad for a complete and delicious meal.


  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (13 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • Salt and fresh pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound spaghetti


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and then brush with olive oil.
  2. Place the beef, pork, cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, parsley flakes, salt, pepper, oregano and fennel seeds into a large bowl and mix together until thoroughly combined. Shape the mixture into about 12 balls and then place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake the meatballs in the oven for 25 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, place one tablespoon of olive oil into a large saucepan over medium heat. Once it begins to simmer, add the onion and sauté for four minutes, then add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, parsley, oregano, basil, bay leaf and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, uncovered.
  6. In the meantime, cook the spaghetti according to package directions.
  7. Transfer the cooked meatballs to the hot sauce and remove the saucepan from the heat. Cover the pan and let sit for five minutes prior to serving over the hot spaghetti.


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