Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs


The classic spaghetti and meatballs is making a comeback!! A savory sauce simmering on the stove and plump meatballs are begging to be dinner!


The classic spaghetti and meatballs is making a comeback!! A savory sauce simmering on the stove and plump meatballs are begging to be dinner!


Our little 8 year old requested classic spaghetti and meatballs for dinner and how could I turn down such a real request? It wasn’t pizza, pancakes, or chicken fingers, but a real life recipe that a child was requesting. You have to hop on those moments and let them join in on the fun so they get even more sold on fresh ingredients. We already had homemade spaghetti sauce which is pretty much always readily available at our house. In fact I can it.


The classic spaghetti and meatballs is making a comeback!! A savory sauce simmering on the stove and plump meatballs are begging to be dinner!


I was emailing back and forth with a friend from Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner (no, this is not a sponsored post) and she mentioned this cool film called, Farmland about cattle ranchers. Have any of you seen it? I know some of you are going to laugh, but one thing we would love to do with our family is bring the girls out to a farm or ranch for a few days and show them where their food really comes from and experience what our ancestors experienced. Food wasn’t at stores, you raised it!


The classic spaghetti and meatballs is making a comeback!! A savory sauce simmering on the stove and plump meatballs are begging to be dinner!


Anyway, I haven’t seen it yet, but Cade and I are totally going to watch it. And who knows, maybe we will pop in for a surprise visit to The Pioneer Woman’s ranch or one out in Texas for a real adventure with the family. It’s not just telling our kids about making good food choices, it’s about letting them experience and learn. Am I right?


Is Spaghetti Squash Keto?

Spaghetti squash does contain some carbs, so while it can fit into a low carb and/or keto diet, you should watch your serving size.


Can Spaghetti Be Frozen?

You can freeze cooked pasta most successfully if the pasta is cooked just to al dante.

Toss in a little olive oil and cool completely before packing in freezer bags and freezing.

It is best to freeze the sauce separately.

If you want to freeze spaghetti that has already had the sauce added, cool completely, put into a freezer bag or air-tight container.

Reheat gently by adding a tiny amount of water to the thawed spaghetti in a pan on the stove top.


Why Does Spaghetti Stick Together?

There are a couple of rules to follow that will help keep pasta from sticking together.

You should not add the pasta until the water reaches a rapid boil.

Stir the pasta often during the first 2 minutes to disperse the starch in the pasta.

Drain the pasta and serve immediately.


Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

Yield: 6 servings

Classic Spaghetti and Meatball

Classic Spaghetti and Meatball
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef 95% lean
  • 2/3 cup italian panko bread crumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry basil or 3 teaspoons fresh, chopped basil
  • 1/2 ts salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • Classic Spaghetti Sauce
  • Spaghetti, cooked


For the Meatballs
  1. Place the meat in a large bowl and sprinkle the garlic, basil, salt, and pepper on top.
  2. next, add the panko bread crumbs and then the milk.
  3. allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.
  4. add the egg and lightly mix until everything is just combined.
  5. refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Remove the meat from the fridge and roll into golf ball sized meatballs, being careful to not overwork the meat.
  8. In a lightly greased dish, line up the meatballs.
  9. Bake the meatballs for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  10. Make the sauce according to the above link, with or without the meat.
  11. Add the meatballs to the sauce and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  12. Serve over freshly cooked pasta with a little parmesan on top.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 3165 Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 669.9mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 109.5g Fiber: 16.9g Sugar: 43.9g Protein: 154.5g

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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3 comments on “Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs”

  1. mmmm mmmm mmmm-as an Italian spaghetti and meatballs are a huge comfort food for me so this recipe is speaking my language!

  2. Getting kids in the dirt is the best way for them to learn and appreciate where food really comes from. My kids enjoy working on the ranch and it gives them so much in return, not to mention the best tasting food for miles around! 😉 Too bad you’re not closer, we’re harvesting potatoes, pecans and Satsumas right now.

  3. Spaghetti and Meatballs comfort food at it’s finest!!