Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
5 min 40 min 5
Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs
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2 tsp, leaves Basil, dried (for pasta sauce)
2 leaf Bay leaf (for pasta sauce)
454 gm Beef, ground, lean (for meatballs)
1/2 tsp Black pepper (for meatballs)
1 large Egg (for meatballs)
5 clove(s) Garlic (1 minced clove for meatballs, 4 minced cloves for pasta sauce)
3 slice Italian Bread (with crust, for meatballs)
8 tbsp Olive Oil, Extra Virgin (2 for meatballs and 6 for pasta sauce)
2 tsp Oregano, dried (dried, for pasta sauce)
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated (for meatballs)
5 tbsp Parsley, fresh (1 tbsp minced for meatballs, 4 tbsp minced for pasta sauce)
1/2 tsp Sea Salt (for meatballs)
1/2 cup Partly skimmed milk, 2% M.F. (For soaking bread, discard the rest)
156 gm Spaghetti, dry (enough to make 3 cups cooked spaghetti)
2 cup Tomato sauce, canned (or crushed tomatoes, for pasta sauce)
1 large Yellow onion (finely chopped, for pasta sauce)


1. To make Pasta Sauce: Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, and garlic. Sauté until onion begins to colour, about 10 minutes.

2. Add crushed tomatoes and herbs and bring sauce to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until flavours blend, stirring often, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta as directed on the package

4. To make Meat Balls: Place milk in a medium size bowl and add the bread slices in. Let it stand until bread is soft - about 7 minutes.

5. Place meat in large bowl. Mix in 2 tablespoons cheese, the egg, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Squeeze bread almost dry; discard milk. Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Using 1 rounded tablespoon for each, shape mixture into 24 meatballs.

6. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs. Be careful not to overcrowd the skillet. Sauté meatballs until brown and cooked through, turning often to hold shape, about 15 minutes. Set aside.

7. When the pasta sauce is ready, add in the meatballs and drippings in skillet. Simmer to blend flavours, about 10 minutes.

8. Place pasta in large bowl. Add 3/4 - 1 cup sauce and toss to coat. Top with meatballs and remaining sauce.


You can also serve these meatballs with zucchini noodles!

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 617
Calories from fat 347
Calories from saturated fat 86
Total Fat 39 g
Saturated Fat 9.5 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 21.6 g
Cholesterol 102 mg
Sodium 941 mg
Potassium 790 mg
Total Carbohydrate 43 g
Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
Sugars 7.0 g
Protein 26.5 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 1.7
Meat 1.0
Meat Alternative 0.1
Vegetables 1.2

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