The Best Italian Spaghetti And Meatballs

This is the ultimate classic Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs you've been craving for dinner or lunch all week. The homemade meatballs, and the flavors of everything combine so well, that you'll find this the go-to recipe when making a simple, yet classically flavorful dinner for you and your family.

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Servings: 4

Prep Time: 00:15

Cook Time: 00:10

Main Ingredients

1 lb spaghetti

1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 egg 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 handful (about 1/4 cup) finely chopped parsley

1/2 cup onion finely diced

1 lb ground beef

2 tbsp olive oil

2 bay leaves

35 oz can crushed tomatoes, with puree

ground black pepper and kosher salt

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1 tbsp basil

2 or 3 minced garlic cloves


1Cook your spaghetti according to the package instructions, drain, and set aside.

2In a big bowl, combine your beef, panko bread crumbs, kosher salt, egg, garlic, black pepper, red pepper flakes, parmesan, and 1/2 the parsley. Please wear gloves while combining these ingredients together*. When everything is mixed, form about 15 meatballs.

3In a large pan or pot, add 1 tbsp of the olive oil. Over medium high heat, add some meatballs at a time and cook until the whole meatball has browned and cooked. Remove the meatballs from heat.

4In that same pan, add the remaining olive oil, and onion. Saute until the onion becomes translucent. Add your crushed tomatoes, bay leaf, and roughly chopped basil leaves. Season to your taste with salt and pepper. Add your meatballs in again, and saute together until this sauce has thickened. (About 8-10 minutes)

5In a dish, serve the pasta with a heaping amount of meatballs, and the homemade sauce. Garnish with the remaining parsley, and enjoy!

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