Spaghetti & meatballs

Spaghetti & meatballs

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(93 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 8 good-quality pork sausages
  • 1kg beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

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

    Parsley

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    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

    Parmesan

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    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
    Eggs

    Egg

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  • olive oil, for roasting
    olive oil

    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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  • 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
    Parsley

    Parsley

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

  • few basil leaves (optional)

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.

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Mazi
14th Apr, 2015
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
21st Mar, 2015
Yummy!!! These are really tasty. Found this recipe 3 weeks ago and I've made them 6 times :)
rebeletta
16th Feb, 2015
Made these twice last week.....delicious! !
RachieLee08
19th Aug, 2014
5.05
Made this tonight with my partner, it was absolutely delicious and we have another 3 servings :)
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cablackford
16th Mar, 2014
5.05
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
15th Feb, 2014
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
31st Oct, 2013
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
23rd Oct, 2013
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
14th Oct, 2013
What a great recipe! Easy to make and the meatballs were delish!
claudia21
24th Sep, 2013
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!

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