Italian Meatballs with Spaghetti

We love Spag Bol as my British friends call Spaghetti Bolognese and I make a big pot at least twice a month, then freeze the sauce in 2-serving size containers for quick tasty meals. Lately though, for some strange reason, I have been craving spaghetti and meatballs. It’s basically the same thing, except you use eggs, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese to bind the ingredients that you would saute in a pan for the spaghetti sauce. I wanted a spicy meatball so used part lean ground beef and part hot Italian sausage. The traditional Parmesan cheese I reserved to sprinkle on top of the finished dish. The tomato sauce is made from canned San Marzano tomatoes proclaimed to be the best tomatoes on earth. I wholeheartedly agree! I now use them for my pizza sauce as well as my tomato sauce. Meatballs1 pound lean ground beef8 ounces hot Italian sausage2 cloves garlic, minced2 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, minced1 medium onion, small dice4 slices day-old bread, ground into crumbs2 teaspoons Dijon mustard1 teaspoon dried oregano1 large eggolive oilFor MeatballsCombine all ingredients by hand in a large mixing bowl. Shape into desired size-I made larger meatballs, so got about 16. Place on a baking sheet;drizzle with olive oil, roll to coat,then refrigerate covered while making tomato sauce.Tomato sauce2 tablespoons olive oil1 medium onion, diced2 cloves garlic, minced1-15.5 can San Marzano tomatoes1 cup purchased bottled pasta sauce with basil2 tablespoons parsley, minced1 bay leaf1 teaspoon dried oregano1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed, dried chile peppers, optionalSalt and pepper to taste8 ounces dried spaghettisalted boiling waterGrated Parmesan cheese to garnishFor Tomato SauceHeat olive in a medium saucepan, saute onions over medium until tender, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, saute an additional minute. Add San Marzano tomatoes, pasta sauce, parsley, bay leaf, dried oregano and crushed dried chile peppers, if desired. Simmer over low heat about 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat to low while preparing meatballs.To Cook Meatballs Heat some olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add meatballs in a single layer. Cook, turning frequently, for 8-10 minutes until done. Add meatballs to sauce to heat through while cooking pasta.Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain. Place pasta in bowls or plates. Top with meatballs and sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serves 4 generously.


  1. Jannett
    February 18, 2010 / 3:49 pm

    looks delicious ….. 🙂

  2. Jannett
    February 18, 2010 / 3:50 pm

    looks delicious….. 🙂

  3. Gabriella
    February 21, 2010 / 8:56 am

    Dear Cafe Lynnylu, the spaghetti with meatballs look fantastic. Love how you added spice to them by using italian sausage! "Wild Thing", you make my heart sing! Loved and saved this recipe. I shall revisit you soon. Thank you for sharing.Cheers, GabyYou can always visit me at

  4. Susan
    February 23, 2010 / 7:04 pm

    I came for the cookies and stayed for the Spaghetti and meatballs. Delcious!!

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