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Spaghetti with Baked Meatballs

January 24, 2018

This Spaghetti with Baked Meatballs recipe is a flavorful comforting dish easy to prepare, perfect for lunch or dinner. The meatballs are baked until cooked through and added to a delicious slow cooked marinara sauce that goes on top of al-dente spaghetti. Parmesan is sprinkled on top  and you have one amazing meal that all family will enjoy.

The meatballs are made with ground beef, but you can also use half beef and half pork if desired. It is very important to not overwork the meat with the other ingredients as it can become tough when cooked.

As meatballs cook faster than marinara sauce I suggest making the sauce first and meanwhile prepare the meatballs. You can also prepare the sauce a day in advance and simply reheat it before serving.

Spaghetti with Baked Meatballs on plate

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Spaghetti with Baked Meatballs

Spaghetti with Baked Meatballs

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This Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is a flavorful comforting dish easy to prepare, perfect for lunch or dinner. The meatballs are baked until cooked through and added to a delicious slow cooked marinara sauce that goes on top of al dente spaghetti. Parmesan is sprinkled on top and you have one amazing meal that all family will enjoy.
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients
  

Meatballs

  • 1 pound (500g) lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion , finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/4 cup (35g) breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup (25g) Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp (15g) worcestershire sauce
  • fresh parsley , half a bunch
  • 1/2 tsp (3g) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) black pepper

Marinara Sauce

  • 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 (14 oz , 400g) cans
  • 1/3 cup (80g) tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups (360ml) water
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp (3g) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) black pepper
  • 1-2 tsp (5-10g) sugar

Pasta

  • 16 oz (450g) dried spaghetti

Instructions
 

  • Prepare Marinara Sauce. In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook one more minute. Stir in tomato paste and cook for another minute.
  • Add diced tomatoes, water, oregano, basil, salt, pepper and sugar.
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for another 45 minutes to 1 hour,  until slightly reduced and thickened.                 
  • Meanwhile prepare meatballs. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200C) and grease a baking sheet with oil.
  • Place beef into a large bowl and add all the rest of  ingredients: onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, worcestershire sauce, Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, salt and pepper.
  • Mix together until combined, make sure not to overwork the mixture.
  • Form into 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until meatballs are slightly browned.
  • When Marinara Sauce is ready add meatballs into the sauce and cook for 10 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  • Scoop sauce and meatballs on top of spaghetti, sprinkle grated Parmesan and fresh basil and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1gSugar: 11gCholesterol: 153mgCalories: 518kcalSaturated Fat: 3.7gFat: 13.6gProtein: 37.4gCarbohydrates: 62.2g
Calories: 518kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: baked meatballs, Marinara Sauce with baked meatballs, spaghetti meatballs, spaghetti with baked meatballs
Nutrition facts 1 Serving out of 6 Calories: 518, Fat: 13.6g, Saturated fat: 3.7g, Unsaturated fat: , Carbohydrates: 62.2g, Sugar: 11g, Fiber: 4.1g, Protein: 37.4g, Cholesterol: 153mg, Sodium 601mg,Vitamin D 3mcg, Calcium 102mg, Iron 18mg, Potassium 1135mg,

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