Spaghetti & meatballs sprinkled with grated parmesan in a dish

Spaghetti & meatballs

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(148 ratings)

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
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    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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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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15th Feb, 2012
I halved the recipe, then froze half of what I made (with the meatballs cooked in the sauce). Both times this was absolutely delicious and really easy to make. Will definitely make again.
8th Feb, 2012
I made about a quarter of the sauce using 1 tin of tomatoes and added half a teaspoon of paprika, some Tabasco sauce and half a beef stock cube with some water. I didn't use wine and with my own meatballs this was delicious and served 2 adults and 2 children.
20th Jan, 2012
Absolutely awesome ~ I added a lot more herbs than the recipe, but that is personal taste. I would quite happily have paid for this at any restaurant ! Thank you for what will be a very regular dish in my house from now on.
10th Jan, 2012
Absolutely love this recipe, I've made it twice already. I actually only needed 4 meatballs per portion as they are quite filling. This makes loads of meals to put in the freezer. A couple of minutes in the microwave and they are perfect.
3rd Jan, 2012
Really tasty meatballs. My 13mth old loved them!!
7th Dec, 2011
Fabulous recipe! The sauce is delicious and so simple. I pan fried some chorizo and added it to the sauce too. So tasty!
6th Nov, 2011
Sorry - forgot to rate. Also forgot to mention I served with a dollop of soured cream on each serving, as my meatballs were spicy. Worked really well.
6th Nov, 2011
I also used the ready-made meatballs, but made the sauce as per the recipe with just the addition of some chopped onion added with the garlic - always looking for a way to get more veg into the diet. It was very quick and really tasty. Will probably do again.
24th Sep, 2011
I've made this twice, the only amendment I've made so far is the addition of some chilli flakes to the meat mixture. Excellent for cooking on a budget especially when you have a glut of tomatoes.


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