Spaghetti & meatballs sprinkled with grated parmesan in a dish

Spaghetti & meatballs

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(127 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
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 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 skins of 8 good-quality pork sausages and squeeze out the meat into your largest mixing bowl.

  2. Add 1kg beef mince, 1 finely chopped onion, ½ large bunch flat-leaf parsley, 85g grated parmesan, 100g fresh breadcrumbs, 2 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.

  3. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.

  4. 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. 

  5. Drizzle with a little oil (about 1 tsp per portion), shake to coat, then roast for 20-30 mins until browned.

  6. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in your largest pan. Add 4 crushed garlic cloves and sizzle for 1 min.

  7. Stir in four 400g cans chopped tomatoes, 125ml red wine, if using, 3 tbsp caster sugar, ½ a large bunch flat-leaf parsley and seasoning. Simmer for 15-20 mins until slightly thickened.

  8. Stir in a few 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 (you'll need about 100g per portion). 

  9. 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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cv1979
21st Jun, 2012
5.05
Left out the sausage, also cooked on baking paper. Delicious
gemmab89
20th Jun, 2012
5.05
Absolutely amazing!!!
walker244
12th Jun, 2012
I made this recipe exactly as instructed and it was amazing. I am not a confident cook and even I couldn't fail to make this wonderful dish - thanks
lizzie_pie
30th Apr, 2012
5.05
Really nice- I liked the pork sausage meat added in. I added some chilli to give it a kick!
emmacollingwood
27th Apr, 2012
5.05
Every family member enjoyed this recipe. Very tasty, i used fresh basil in the meatballs as I had some going spare.Clever idea to make one for the freezer, although generous portion guide so quantity enough to make 3 meals i would say
jude86
3rd Apr, 2012
5.05
This is one of the best recipe's I have tried from this site. I served it with Wholewheat pasta and added some chilli to the sauce and my boyfriend and I loved them. Making the again tonight :)
twobit
10th Mar, 2012
5.05
Made 1/2 portion of the recipie and it easily feed 3 of us with some left over...Absolutly superb, one of the best meatball recipies I have tried and will definetly be making again.
vrhunter
24th Feb, 2012
5.05
Easy and really yummy!
charliecoo
23rd Feb, 2012
4.05
I have made meatballs on several occassions but have never been a fan... until now. These meatballs are lovely, and the best thing was the tip I read with them that you should massage the meat lots to make it tender, this is a great tip!! I didnt have any sausages tho and it was great without them!!
Silver Cook
22nd Feb, 2012
Delicious!! So easy to make and the flavour... Nicer than any dish Ive tasted in an Italian restaurant!!

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