Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Spaghetti and Meatballs- learn to make meatballs for spaghetti, and even get the kids involved with this easy homemade meatball recipe! Served over a bed of spaghetti with hearty marinara sauce, this pasta favorite is guaranteed to please the entire family!

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Spaghetti and Meatballs Saturday!

This post is sponsored by Bounty. 

The boys have been begging to make homemade meatballs, so last weekend we declared it Spaghetti and Meatball Saturday and made homemade meatballs for the first time with the boys. They had a blast helping us in the kitchen and of course they loved eating the finished product. It was a fun messy first!

Hearty Bowl of Spaghetti and Meatballs

I was in charge of making the sauce and spaghetti and Josh was in charge of the meatballs. I made my easy Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce to go with the spaghetti and meatballs. I put the sauce in the slow cooker and let it simmer away.

Kids Love Making Homemade Meatballs

While the sauce was simmering, Josh made the meatball mix and let the boys help roll them into balls. Caleb said making meatballs was even better than playing with play dough, ha!

Maxwell wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He loved helping!

Plate of Browned Meatballs on Paper Towel

How to Make Meatballs for Spaghetti

Josh’s meatballs are made with ground beef, Italian sausage, garlic, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Since he was making the meatballs for the boys, he left out the crushed red pepper, but you could easily spice the meatballs up if you like things on the spicy side.

  • Cook the meatballs in olive oil and then let them rest on a plate that has been lined with Bounty paper towels. This helps drain some of the oil off of the meatballs. Bounty is 2x more absorbent vs. the leading ordinary brand, and easily helps soak up the oil from the meatballs.
  • Next put the meatballs on a large baking sheet and bakes them for about 10 minutes, so they cook all the way through.
  • When the meatballs come out of the oven, they go for a swim in my hearty marinara sauce.
  • Serve the meatballs and sauce over a big bed of spaghetti, and poof you have spaghetti and meatballs! And don’t forget the Parmesan cheese and garlic bread.

The boys always yell for more cheese please!

Skillet of Meatballs swimming in Marinara Sauce

The boys were SO excited to eat their special spaghetti and meatballs meal. They were great little sous chefs.

I knew they would make a mess, so I made little bibs out of Bounty paper towels. I wanted to enjoy the moment and not the mess:) I always keep a roll of Bounty paper towels on our counter because I want to keep our new white kitchen clean.

The boys slurped up their spaghetti and dominated the meatballs.

Kid slurping up spaghetti and meatballs

I think they have a new favorite meal!

Smiling toddler with messy face eating spaghetti and meatballs

That smile says it all! Spaghetti and Meatballs were a hit with our boys. I know we will be making them again and again.

Of course, we will keep the Bounty paper towels close by so we can clean up all of our messy moments in the kitchen. Messy is all part of the fun!

Make Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner! It is a fun meal from start to finish and a great meal to involve the kiddos!

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Easy homemade meatballs served over a bed of spaghetti with hearty marinara sauce. This recipe is a family favorite!
4.75 from 8 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes
Cuisine
Italian
Servings
8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves  garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon  black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons  olive oil
  • Marinara sauce for serving
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese and fresh basil for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, add beef, sausage, bread crumbs, cheese, garlic, herbs, eggs, salt, and pepper. Stir together until combined. Roll meat mixture into 2-inch sized meatballs.
  3. In a large, heavy pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add meatballs in batches. Do not crowd. Brown well on bottoms before turning or meatballs will break apart. Continue cooking until browned all over. Remove meatballs to a plate that has been lined with Bounty paper towels, as each batch is finished.
  4. Place meatballs on a large baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked all the way through. Remove from oven.
  5. Place a large pot of water on to boil for spaghetti. When it boils, add salt and pasta and cook to al dente.
  6. While the spaghetti is cooking, put meatballs in a large pot and cover with your favorite marinara sauce. Heat over medium-low heat.
  7. When the spaghetti is done cooking, drain and place in a large serving bowl. Top with meatballs and marinara sauce. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil, if desired. Serve immediately.
  8. Note-we like to use our slow cooker marinara sauce for this recipe, but you can use jarred sauce if you wish.
Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 635 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 1006mg42%
Potassium 531mg15%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Spaghetti and Meatballs- learn to make meatballs for spaghetti, and even get the kids involved with this easy homemade meatball recipe! Served over a bed of spaghetti with hearty marinara sauce, this pasta favorite is guaranteed to please the entire family! Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals. #spaghetti #pasta #easyrecipe #homemade
Easy homemade meatballs served over a bed of spaghetti with hearty marinara sauce. This recipe is a family favorite! Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals. #spaghetti #pasta #easyrecipe #homemade
Make Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner! Meatballs are made with ground beef, Italian sausage, garlic, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. It is a fun meal from start to finish and a great meal to involve the kiddos! Visit twopeasandtheirpod.com for more simple, fresh, and family friendly meals. #spaghetti #pasta #easyrecipe #homemade

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Beautiful photos & delicious food. I let mine begin early also …they all worked a stint when old enough at some top restaurants as waiters and waitress where we lived at the time…one is even a professional chef.

    BTW I truly enjoy your blog, your love of cooking and your hard work shine through beautifully.
    Margo

  2. I just made meatballs last night too!! Although, Italian (born and raised) husband refuses to eat them with pasta! Where he’s from (Sardinia), meatballs are meant to be eaten alone…it’s actually so strange for them that we eat them with pasta!!!! I make meatballs for him and the kids http://www.bitesforfoodies.com/recipes/polpette-with-marinara-sauce/ and a meatless version for ME! http://www.bitesforfoodies.com/recipes/eggplant-meatballs/

  3. Made this the other night with Italian seasoned turkey instead of sausage, and it turned out tasty! The whole family loved them!

  4. This was delicious! I love a good homemade sauce, and my 5 yr old declared the meatballs to be the best he’s ever had! We all agreed. I only had plain breadcrumbs and plain ground pork, so I googled how to turn them into italian style breadcrumbs and italian style sausage. It was easy to do with ingredients I already had. Fyi for anyone else who finds themselves in the same boat.

  5. These were incredible and for so many reasons – fresh herbs, combo of Italian sausage and ground beef, and freshly grated Parmesan. Yum  


  6. I made this for dinner tonight. My husband absolutely loved them!! i didn’t know how easy they are to make. I ended up using dried herbs because that’s all i had, but i can imagine with fresh they would be so much better!

    I also made extra and put them in the freezer so i can just thaw them and throw them in the sauce next time 🙂


  7. This is hands down the best meatballs recipe , I made it once and it was amazing and then accidentally pulled up a different recipe the next and was so sad once I realized it wasn’t this one . New family favorite in our house for sure!

  8. Made these meatballs, didn’t follow recipe to a t, but they were fantastic. I had half pound leftover if Italian sausage from chicago deep dish pizza, so I used lbs and half sausage and just a bit over lbs of burger, upped the bread crumbs half cup. Followed recipe, except I packed the spices and did about half teaspoon of salt. Restricted salt intake for medical reasons. But the recipe kept me from going too much on some spices and kept this home cook from making it another home cook flop. Paying it along to a kid I work with who is just learning to cook. The directions are great and easy to follow and the final product delicious.

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