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Spaghetti and homemade meatballs

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Spaghetti and meatballs

Spaghetti and homemade meatballs

Meat Based
An Italian classic of spaghetti and meatballs! Great tasting dish, if you don't have an oven or the time to make your own meatballs, grab some shop bought ones and add them to the sauce in the pan!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 2
Diet Meat Based


  • Oven


For the meatballs

  • 400 g Mince meat
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs or blended oats
  • 1 tbsp Basil
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Medium Courgette
  • 1 Carrot (Medium size)

For the sauce

  • 1 Tin of tomatoes
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 sprinkle Basil
  • 1 sprinkle Oregano
  • 1 dash Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 140 g Spaghetti
  • 50 g Parmesan


For the meatballs

  • Pre heat the oven to 180C or gas mark 7. In a large bowl mix the meat, egg, breadcrumbs, herbs, salt, pepper, carrot and courgette. With wet hands take a small handful and smush into a ball slightly larger than a golf ball size. You should be able to make 12.
  • Place onto an oiled baking dish/casserole pot and pop in the oven.

For the Sauce

  • Dice the onion and chuck into a pan with a splash of olive oil. Once the onions have started to go translucent add the garlic and a sprinkle of oregano and basil. After a couple of minutes add a splash of Balsamic (you can use red wine instead). Add the tin of tomatoes and then fill the tin 3/4 with water and add to the pan. Crumble in the stock cube and bring to the boil.
  • Once boiling reduce to a simmer and sprinkle in the sugar.
  • Leave to simmer for about 20minutes and the sauce should have thickened up.
  • Take the meatballs out the oven and turn them over to help them cook evenly. Add the thickened sauce to the meatball dish and grate some parmesan on top. Pop it back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  • Whilst the meatballs are finishing up in the oven bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook your spaghetti as per the instructions. Serve up the pasta and spoon on the meatballs and sauce. Enjoy!


If you would like to make a vegetarian version of this recipe then blitz harricot beans and add instead of the meat, you may need to add more breadcrumbs if its too sloppy.


Calories: 1277kcalCarbohydrates: 256gProtein: 35gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 2336mgPotassium: 685mgFiber: 13gSugar: 148gVitamin A: 5645IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 510mgIron: 6mg
Keyword italian, meatballs, pasta
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