Spaghetti & meatballs

Spaghetti & meatballs

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level



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

cablackford's picture
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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!

lizandandy's picture

This is my favourite meatball recipe! I've made the 'Spanish version' before but see that it's now not mentioned - can anyone remember what was in it? Or Good Food can you please add it? Thanks

aimeemacdn123's picture

I printed the recipe out in March 2013, it gives the following instructions:
Variation: Spanish-style meatballs
Swap the Parmesan for 1tbsp 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.
I haven't tried this variation yet but I'm sure it would be a delicious as the original.

biancaohlin's picture
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Really nice, will definitely make it again.

slcollinson's picture

Made meatballs using different recipe but this sauce was great. It fed 4 adults and six hungry kids easily. Complete with wine & garlic. Whiz zed a little with hand blender to get rid of some of the chunks.

mandymoo202's picture

I'm not a very good coook but this is yummy! Very easy, seems quite healthy and tasty too

Don't be shy of the seasoning

Parmesan was a nice addition

carrow's picture

A really great recipe meatballs where lovely and i had plenty mix left over i made burgers for the kids. I would make again but i will put less sugar in the sauce as i thought it was a little to sweet but still tasted great

tiddymoo72's picture

Really tasty and tender meatballs, put half of this recipe in the freezer to enjoy loved it!