Spaghetti & meatballs

Spaghetti & meatballs

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(89 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes about 10 servings
Get everyone to help rolling meatballs and you'll soon have one supper on the table and another in the freezer

Nutrition and extra info

  • Sauce and meatballs can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal870
  • fat37g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs95g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre5g
  • protein46g
  • salt1.34g
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  • 8 good-quality pork sausages
  • 1kg beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • ½ a large bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 85g Parmesan, grated, plus extra to serve if you like



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten with a fork



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  • olive oil, for roasting
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    Olive oil

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  • spaghetti, to serve (you'll need about 100g per portion)

For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 x 400g cans chopped tomato
  • 125ml red wine (optional)
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • ½ a large bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • few basil leaves (optional)


  1. First make the meatballs. Split the sausage skins and squeeze out the meat into your largest mixing bowl. Add the mince, onion, parsley, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, beaten eggs and lots of seasoning. Get your hands in and mix together really well – the more you squeeze and mash the mince, the more tender the meatballs will be.

  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Roll the mince mixture into about 50 golf-ball-size meatballs. Set aside any meatballs for freezing, allowing about 5 per portion, then spread the rest out in a large roasting tin – the meatballs will brown better if spaced out a bit. Drizzle with a little oil (about 1 tsp per portion), shake to coat, then roast for 20-30 mins until browned.

  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in your largest pan. Add the garlic and sizzle for 1 min. Stir in the tomatoes, wine, if using, sugar, parsley and seasoning. Simmer for 15-20 mins until slightly thickened. Stir in the basil leaves, if using, spoon out any portions for freezing, then add the cooked meatballs to the pan to keep warm while you boil the spaghetti. Spoon the sauce and meatballs over spaghetti, or stir them all together and serve with extra Parmesan and a few basil leaves, if you like.

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Comments (95)

R knight's picture

Good food, used pork mince instead of sausages. Really enjoyed!

GenneCook's picture

This is for how many people? 4 to 8?

Crystalkat's picture

Makes 10 portions so 5 meatballs per person

Mr Moaner's picture

I have always enjoyed rich meatballs but have never found quite the right accompaniment. Believe me, 'spaghetti' was the perfect partner. I am tempted to now try 'spaghetti' with other dishes as a result.

disillusioned's picture

No need for breadcrumbs if you need gluten free.
Baking the meatballs is a quicker and cleaner way of cooking them in one batch.
I used rapeseed oil instead of olive oil, just as good and supports British farmers.

hazelsimpson's picture

What a great way to cook the meatballs, instead of frying them in batches which takes forever. Ours look nice and crisp. Had to pour quite a bit of oil off them so might use less next time. Also didn't make quite enough sauce, but will freeze some of the meatballs for another time.

lizleicester's picture

Delicious and easy. I used Cumberland sausages and the resulting meatballs were lovely.

bluesnicket's picture

Lovely recipe. Changes I made: 6 pork and 2 toulouse sausages (because that's what I had), no oil when baking the meatballs and I added mascarpone to the tomato sauce because it's too acidic for me otherwise. I made 47 meatballs with my meatballer scoop, I'll probably make them a little smaller next time.

The sauce was very good but there's not enough for the amount of meatballs.

harby's picture

Really nice and easy to make, and went down a treat with my young daughters. I followed the recipe to the letter and couldn't believe that it made exactly 50 meatballs!

64Skidoo's picture

I tried this recipe as I was looking for something tasty and that I could put in the freezer too. It's definitely both! It makes a ton of food and it's perfect for freezing. Like other commenters, I didn't add the breadcrumbs, it really doesn't need it. The red wine, is a great touch.

Mazi's picture

It was ok, the only ingredient I omitted were breadcrumbs & followed everything else exactly. It's lacking a bit of flavour or zing so chucked in some cayenne chili pepper and it was little better.

rebeletta's picture

Yummy!!! These are really tasty. Found this recipe 3 weeks ago and I've made them 6 times :)

rebeletta's picture

Made these twice last week.....delicious! !

RachieLee08's picture

Made this tonight with my partner, it was absolutely delicious and we have another 3 servings :)

cablackford's picture

Made this dish for friends a few times now and is always a winner. Really good made a day in advance as flavours develop and less stress on the day. Firm favourite in our house

ashlie's picture

Cooked this for Valentine's Day last night and it was beautiful! Didn't use sausages, just mince and it worked perfectly. Will be cooking this again soon!

chickenofpie's picture

Delicious meatballs, didn't bother with the breadcrumbs but they still turned out really well. The sauce was good too, added a squeeze of tomato ketchup to it. The only downside...just noticed the calorie content!!

Lisa Lauren's picture

Made this for my family last night and they absolutely loved it! I halved the recipe and it was enough for 6 people. My husband says that this is his new favourite meal that I make.

han2010's picture

What a great recipe! Easy to make and the meatballs were delish!

claudia21's picture

Loved this! I usually cook well and my husband is quite a critic and he loved it too! I added one teaspoon of cinnamon and half a teaspoon of ground mace to the meat mixture. Also lots of black pepper to meat and sauce. It was such fun mixing the meat mix up with my hands! I didn't add oil to the meat to roast and lots of fat came out from the sausage which was discarded for health! All the meat was from a good source so very tasty. The whole was a healthy and nice change from spag bol!


Questions (4)

Crystalkat's picture

How long can you freeze for?

goodfoodteam's picture

Thanks for your question. You can freeze these for up to 2 - 3 months. More freezing information is in the tip above.

amarsha4's picture

Is that nutritional information correct? I've cooked a lot of things from this site and never come across anything this unhealthy!

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi amarsha4, many thanks for taking the time to get in touch and give your feedback. Sorry to hear you're not tempted by this recipe, we try to offer a balance of different cooking styles and methods. We do have a number of meatball recipes available that are lower in calories such as this one made with turkey mince and this version, with fennel is delicious  Hope this helps and thanks again for getting in touch. 

Tips (1)

jadey1793's picture

It is still mentioned, under the Shopping section- you have to press the arrows to see all the tips. But for conviniences sake:

Variation: Spanish-style meatballs

Swap the Parmesan for 1 tbsp smoked paprika in the mince mixture, sizzle 140g finely diced chorizo in with the garlic for the sauce and leave out the basil. Serve with some roast potatoes and salad.