Spaghetti & meatballs

Spaghetti & meatballs

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Sauce and meatballs can be frozen
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
870
protein
46g
carbs
95g
fat
37g
saturates
13g
fibre
5g
sugar
13g
salt
1.34g

Ingredients

  • 8 good-quality pork sausages
  • 1kg beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ½ a large bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 85g parmesan, grated, plus extra to serve if you like
  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten with a fork
  • olive oil, for roasting
  • spaghetti, to serve (you'll need about 100g per portion)

For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 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
  • few basil leaves (optional)

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2010

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kirstenhumphris's picture
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Really delicious meatballs and sauce that my 3, 6 and 8 year old enjoyed as much as mum and dad. Used Tesco's Finest Toulouse style pork sausages - only one pack of 6 - and that gave the meatballs a delicious garlicky and bacon flavour. The recipe says serves 10, but I stretched it to 3 meals to serve 2 adults and 3 boys quite easily.

stephenjoanne's picture
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A really good midweek meal that all the family enjoyed. Will def be making again.

vlaoverton's picture
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Really, really fantastic - both the meatballs and sauce are fab and it's al so easy to make. Th only thing I migt change next time is to fry the onion a little before making the meatballs. Yummy!

arellegee's picture
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Success! A meal that all the family loves.... really easy and I have 2 more batches in the freezer ready to reheat. Made them when my son's friend (age 7) who came for tea and he even mentioned to his Mum when he got home how lovely they were.

joanofarc67's picture
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Just made the sauce as, like Robyn, we had already bought some quality meatballs from one of the supermarkets. I have added a dried red chilli for a kick and a finely chopped onion and mushrooms for a bit more bulk, can't wait to see what hubby thinks. Will definitely try making the meatballs as well next time.

saratresadern's picture
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This was a big hit with my family and putting half away in the freezer meant we had another delicious meal with little effort. Didn't change a thing and would do it exactly the same next time.

yvonnewallace's picture

Gorgeous meatballs! They freeze too!

hrichardso002's picture
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Fabulous meatballs, so easy and great value!

mickt1234's picture
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added some worcester sauce ,easy to make delicious

marcus's picture
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Great meatballs 8-)
and the sauce was lovely

marymcginn's picture
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Very tasty and went down well with everyone. Great for cooking for a big group. I left out the wine in case it was too rich for the kids but will make it again and include it. Lots of compliments and easy to freeze. I found the meatballs a bit greasy when they finished baking so I used kitchen paper to resolve this.

marion1960's picture

absolutely gorgeous, tasty, economical,easy. Would definitely do this again. It will now become part of my repertoire.

imabadpixie's picture
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Oh, also thankyou to the person with the suggestion re meatballs on baking paper - genious.

imabadpixie's picture
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Didnt try the meat balls but was looking for a sauce to go with supermarket bought ones.... this was excellent, so much better than expected and will defo be making again. I chopped a whole sweet onion and fried with garlic which i think made a positive difference.... dividend ingredients by 4 for enough to feed me and hubby. Went down very well with some grated cheese and french beans.. yyummmyyyy

bethocallaghan's picture
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Really yummy - very good meatballs. Just have to try the spanish ones now!

jodyunters's picture

Best meatballs I have tasted! Particularly love the sauce - such a nice flavour! A big hit with husband and guests. Have made a few time since and freezes well. Do line your tray with backing paper when cooking meatballs though, cooks a lot nicer and won't stick or burn to tray.

lilacemily's picture
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Really easy and tasty recipe. I have already cooked it twice. Freezes really well.

michellepickens's picture
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Made this yesterday evening, for hubby and kids. Went down very well. I used only 2 cloves of garlic and I left out the wine. But the meatballs were very tasty so a plain sauce works very well. Clean plates allround!!

carolkwiecien's picture
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I made this yesterday for my son and his girlfriend. they said it was delicious- praise indeed. simple recipe, easy to follow, and great result. I will definately make them again- and again.

elaines's picture
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Both sauce and meatballs are full of flavour and really satisfying. I particularly liked the sauce, very tomatoey. It freezes well

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