Spaghetti & meatballs sprinkled with grated parmesan in a dish

Spaghetti & meatballs

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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
    olive oil

    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 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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20th Jan, 2013
Best recipe! For the sauce I've put passata instead of chopped tomatoes and it came out great! Delicious!
17th Jan, 2013
Fool proof recepie, added some onion and 4 anchovies to the sauce (because I had some left over), omitted the sugar and replaced with a good dash of tomatoe ketchup, left out the wine (as it's January). Support you local butchers shop, real pork sausages and minced beef that has only been through the mincer once will make a big difference to the consistency of the meatballs. 25 mins at 200 fan was about right for large 50g meatballs, easy to over cook and dry out. They might not look brown on top but they will be nicley browned on the bottom.
Miss sunshine
6th Jan, 2013
Made this for dinner last night for my partner. We both agreed this was a delicious and simple to make meal! The meatballs were really tasty, the sauce was lovely and really complimented the meatballs. I made it as per the instructions, and included the red wine in the sauce. The only change i would make would be, that i wouldn't drizzle the meatballs with olive oil, as i felt that enough fat came out of the meatballs whilst cooking, and so i would just turn them over, half way through cooking. I did line the baking tray with baking paper. This recipe does make a lot of meatballs. Due to lack of freezer space, I ended up making the meatballs bigger so made less of them, and cooked them for 10 mins longer. I shall be making this again for friends, very soon! :-)
30th Dec, 2012
I am 9 years old and i made this with my mum tonight for my family and the all loved it it was delicous!! by amy allan
1st Dec, 2012
Very nice indeed. Hubby said it was the best meatball sauce he has tasted.
16th Nov, 2012
Made the Spanish version and the family loved them!
26th Oct, 2012
I made this a few weeks ago. Meatballs on their own are delicious. I feel i ruined the sauce by adding the *optional red wine. I wouldnt add this next time as overpowered the sauce way too much. Will make meatballs again but try a different sauce
8th Oct, 2012
Love these meatballs. Easy enough to make and the meatballs were so tasty. Big hit in our house.
16th Sep, 2012
I haven't eaten meatballs for years as I found most to be bland and dry but this recipe has changed my opinion! This meal was really easy, tasty and I will definitely be doing it again! My modifications were to fry the onions lightly just to soften, the sausages were good quality with a sweet chilli flavour and I added a teaspoon of chilli powder to the meatball mix. It gave just that bit of extra flavour but wasn't too hot to cause a problem to children or anyone who doesn't like food too hot. Lovely meal so enjoy!
20th Aug, 2012
The meatballs are fabulous and easy to make. The sauce was a bit sweet for us so next time I'll cut back on the sugar.


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