Mama's Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe -
Mama's Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Mama's Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs

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"A classic Italian-American dish that can be as simple or fancy as you want it to be."

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs and egg in medium bowl; shape into 12 meatballs.
  2. Bring pasta sauce to a boil over medium-high heat in 3-quart saucepan. Gently stir in uncooked meatballs.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until meatballs are done. Serve over hot spaghetti and garnish, if desired, with grated Parmesan cheese.
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  • Tip: Try adding a cube of mozzarella cheese to the center of each meatball for an easy but fun recipe twist.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 03, 2010

I added Mozzerella cheese to the middle of my meatballs and I have to say this was one very delicious recipe! Left overs tasted just as good. Yum!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 20, 2009

This is a quick and easy way to take Spaghetti up a notch (from a jar of sauce over noodles). The meatballs could use some doctoring, though. My hubby thinks garlic and salt should do it.


23 Ratings

Jan 20, 2010

I made these per request of my husband. I've never had meatballs much and this was my first time to make them. We were very pleased! They saved well and we kept eating them throughout the week.

Jun 11, 2010

This is exactly how I made my spaghetti when I first moved out on my own, only adding a couple tbsp. of italian seasoning to the spaghetti sauce. I also baked my meatballs for 20-30 minutes, drained, then added them in my sauce. A good basic recipe for any beginning cook.

Sep 03, 2010

The meatballs will be SO bland--find a better recipe. This looked so easy, and This was my first atempt at meatballs, and I have found you HAVE to add more to them or they are tasteless.

Jun 11, 2010

Just for the heck of it, I tried this. The meatballs were both dry and bland considering seasoned breadcrumbs have parsley and very little else.

Jan 13, 2010

This was a great recipe to follow. However I hadded a lot of zip to mine with chile flakes and hot sauce. I also cooked teh meatballs out of the sauce so I could drain the little bit of fat that did come off them. Adding vegetables made the sauce a lot thicker and heartier.

Sep 28, 2010

They were pretty good, but tasted like they were missing something. I will have to experiment with tweaking the recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 590 kcal
  • 30%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 64.5 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 121 mg
  • 40%
  • Fat
  • 20.4 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 14.7 g
  • 59%
  • Protein
  • 34.8 g
  • 70%
  • Sodium
  • 1009 mg
  • 40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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