Affordable Family Dinners – Spaghetti and Meatballs

Do you ever get tired of sauce from a jar? Up your spaghetti game by making your own sauce that pairs perfectly with homemade meatballs.

Making your own sauce is cheaper and more flavorful, and the best part is this sauce is prepared in less than 15 minutes. Make this delicious spaghetti and meatballs any day of the week, and if you have leftovers, try Spaghetti & Meatball Cups. Your kids will love them!
Best Spaghetti and Meatballs
1 lb. spaghetti
1 lb. ground beef
1/3 c. bread crumbs
1/4 c. finely chopped parsley
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
1 egg
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 c. onion, finely chopped
1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 bay leaf
Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine beef with bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, egg, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix until just combined then form into 16 balls.
  3. In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer meatballs to a plate.
  4. Add onion to pot and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Return meatballs to pot and cover. Simmer until sauce has thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Serve pasta with a healthy scoop of meatballs and sauce. Top with Parmesan before serving. is one of our favorite resources for easy, delicious family meals.

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