Spaghetti and Meatballs

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • Salt, for pasta water
  • Meatballs:
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground sirloin
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs, a couple of handfuls
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup beef stock, available on soup aisle in market in small paper boxes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • A handful chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 10 leaves fresh basil leaves, torn or thinly sliced
  • Grated cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano, for passing at table
  • Crusty bread or garlic bread, for passing at the table
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Place a large pot of water on to boil for spaghetti. When it boils, add salt and pasta and cook to al dente.

Mix beef and Worcestershire, egg, bread crumbs, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Roll meat into 1 1/2 inch medium-sized meatballs and place on nonstick cookie sheet or a cookie sheet greased with extra-virgin olive oil. Bake balls 10 to 12 minutes, until no longer pink.

Heat a deep skillet or medium pot over moderate heat. Add oil, crushed pepper, garlic and finely chopped onion. Saute 5 to 7 minutes, until onion bits are soft. Add beef stock, crushed tomatoes, and herbs. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.

Toss hot, drained pasta with a few ladles of the sauce and grated cheese. Turn meatballs in remaining sauce. Place pasta on dinner plates and top with meatballs and sauce and extra grated cheese. Serve with bread or garlic bread (and some good chianti!)


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An absolute success! It tasted so good and was very easy to make. The only modification I made was add a little salt to the sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW...love this recipe! It's a hit in our house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy and super yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only made the meatballs. This is an amazing recipe! It took me 5 minutes to make it, and i baked it for 12. So in 17 min I had great meatballs! Better than the ones i buy at the store from the freezer section no doubt! Weekdays, i leave my house at 7 am and i'm back at 7:30 pm so this one is the exact recipe i need. It's rare to find a recipe that doesn't take long but tastes great. I tried a few "fast recipes" without being satisfied of the result. This is tasty, really tasty! I used the meatballs in a sandwich and tomorrow i will have them with spaghetti squash. I certainly recommend this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm making this dish right now and so far i'm very pleased the sauce is very good i will not be buying sauce in a jar anymore...and my meatballs are sending an intoxicating aroma from my oven ...i'll be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight and my whole family loves it! I followed the exact recipe and doubled everything since we have a bigger family, I added garlic powder too and it came out perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so easy to make -- love making them in the oven. Kid-friendly and very flavorful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a good recipe. I had made Rachel Ray's meatball subs the day before and just used the meatballs from that recipe but made the sauce from this recipe. I thought it was delicious and plan to make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and so simple item not reviewed by moderator and published
wow! this recipe was so easy to make! in fact, before tackling it, all i ever knew how to do was make PB+J sandwiches! The stove? Decoration! Now that I know how to boil and salt water and follow directions on a pasta box, I'm ready for Chef School. Which one did you go to Rachel? Anyway, here we are with authentic Spaghetti and Meatballs - with a chance of leftovers…NOT! I give this recipe 5 stars, SOO much better than eating out at Fridays. Everything came out so delicious I can't wait to go to the gym tomorrow morning to burn it off I ate so much and feel incredibly guilty. But you have to smell the roses once in a while, right? PS someone told me it was healthy to take a TBS of EVOO every day for health, what do you think? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe 25 times and have now taught my sons how to make it (without the recipe). I have a rule about following a recipe to a T the first few times before experiment. you have no baseline otherwise. After a while the only changes I made were to add some ground pork to the meat mixture and undertake the meatballs ever so slightly and let them finish in the sauce on very low heat. If we're not watching calories, add 2 tablespoons butter to the sauce at the end. We all know why. ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was out of Worcestershire, so I used steak sauce and I didn't have Parmesan cheese, so I used the cheese & herb pizza toppings I had. The meatballs turned out really delicious this way. About the sauce: I didn't follow this part at all because I have my own marinara sauce I like to use. However, I would like to say that beef broth isn't necessary; the meatballs and sauce go well together without it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe, so quick and easy and no fancy ingredients. Yet it tastes like authentic Italian cooking! I added a dash of dry white wine and pinch of oregano. The sauce I've also tried with half beef and half pork mince to make a bolognese like sauce which went very well with gnocchi item not reviewed by moderator and published
sauce comes out very very thin !! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Think the meatballs are great, but the sauce is just so-so. It is missing some depth to it, but not bad for a quick sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Outstanding recipe! The best spaghetti and meatballs I have ever eaten. I followed recipe exactly. The only thing is that this recipe doesn't make a lot of sauce. It is enough to coat the pasta and to have a little left over with the meatballs. We thought it was fine, but if you are someone who likes a lot of sauce, I would double that part of the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is the best Spaghetti and Meatballs ever! It tastes and smells much better than all the processed crap like "Ragu" and "Prego"! It may look a little strange with all the parsley turning it a lil green, but as they say looks can be deceiving. This is a must if you want to make a quick, fresh, and very filling meal on the weeknights! In all, it took me a minimum of 25mins to chop my herbs, boil my pasta, bake the meatballs, and put it on the plat for my family. I give this recipe 5 stars for delciousness, quickness, and fillingness. Trust me, after about 4 bites I was already filling fuller than I would with "Ragu", or "Prego"! But, I would break the red pepper in half because, it kinda has a spicy kick to it! Overrall, Great, Thanks Rachael Ray! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Didn't use the noodles, just the meatballs and sauce -- yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor and consistency of the sauce is wonderful! I have tried making so many from scratch that separate but this one coats the pasta and is just the right thickness. Instead of beef broth, I added a can of diced tomatoes. I also added Italian sausage to the meatballs. The herb balance for both the sauce and meatballs are perfect! My family couldn't get enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This meatball recipe serves as the basis of any meatball I make. Tweaking the recipe-- substituting meats, or adding fresh herbs-- lets you create a more personal dish. Foolproof. If a make a big batch and leave the meatballs in the fridge for sandwiches, they go fast. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Very Good. I added 1 teaspoon of dried basil and 1 teaspoon of dried parsley. I also used 1 teaspoon of garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My new go to for fast meatballs! I looked up this recipe for a quick use up leaf over meat from a value pack on a busy activity night for my family. I did not use cheese (since I can not eat it), added some extra Italian seasoning, and did not use a full 1/2 cup of bread crumbs (I eye balled it). I also used a cookie scoop and rounded them off real quick before placing on the pan. The timer for the preheating went off right as I finished placing the meatballs on the sheet. It took 12 minutes for them to be cooked through. I recommend this recipe on a busy night. Very happy we had a warm meal instead of opting for take out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! Only made the meatballs and they are so delish that I ate 6 meatballs before I even dished out the plates! Piggy me but I was hungry and they are SO good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simply Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It just did not make it for me. I hoped it would, but pork is a must for meatballs. That is where the flavor and moisture comes from. These were dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipient, super easy.meatballs were tender and soft. I added 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes and 1tablespoon fresh parsley to the meatballs. In a pinch, I have used A1 sauce in place or Worcestershire sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
yummy my first stab at homemade spaghetti and meat balls! I added mushrooms and roasted red pepper it was so good my picky little eater kept saying it was the best spaghetti he ever ate! SCORE I will for sure make this again although next time I will double the sauce for the leftover meat balls. wonderful yet again Rachel! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The meatball recipe is Awesome! I have used this recipe to make hamburgers as well. This deserve all Five stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Only made the meatballs. Simple to make and very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used kitchen ready tomatoes and threw in some red wine. From now on this is the recipe I'll use. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, tasty and full of flavor! A must try! I do add some fresh oregano to my meatballs, and way more garlic and herbs, but half the crushed red pepper. I also simmer my meatballs in the sauce for a while before serving, and we do not mix it at the end! After making this for over 6 years, these are just our personal preferences and everyone who tastes it loves it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. A must try. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was ok...definitely not 20 mins or 30 even. But it was ok. I did not care for the amount of filler in the meatball. I will next time use less breadcrumbs and maybe shredded cheddar cheese or something. I realize parmesan is traditional, but I did not care for it in the meatball. The sauce was pretty descent. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this recipe and it was so tasty and easy! I used ground turkey instead of ground beef and it was still very flavorful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful recipe! I did a few substitutions....I didn't use Worcestershire sauce, never been a fan of it - use 2 tablespoons of olive oil, instead of crushed red pepper flakes, i chopped 1 small habanero pepper - will definitely make this dish again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Blah!! I should have never strayed from Bobbie Flay! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only made the meatballs and they were delicious! My husband is not a fan of meatballs (how weird is that? and he even said they were good. Will definitely make these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! I added a little red wine to give it just a bit more kick! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really like the meatballs. Its easy and yummy.For the sauce I used marinara sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really really liked the meatballs. The sauce is good but was not enough so I added more sauce yummy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used my own sauce, but used this for the meatballs. Substituted 1 lb of deer meat and 1/4 lb of ground sausage, and it came out great. I'll definitely use this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
She did it again!! I made my own sauce just because im so use to it,but i did add some red pepper flacks and beef broth (from recipe to my sauce and I liked it. the biggest hit was the meatballs. I've never made them before, and let me tell you.... THERE TASTY AND EASY!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were awesome and super easy! Great taste! I only used the meatball recipe part though and then made the Simple Sauce that Giada has. It was really good!!! I am making them again this week! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a good recipe for meatballs since I know there are a hundred ways to make them. The recipe came out very moist and mostly fell apart while eating them with the sauce. I served it up with some spaghetti, Preggo sauce and tasty garlic bread. I'll have to post this recipe on the fridge for easy access! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This my go to spaghetti and meatballs recipe now. It's the perfect balance of still-easy and just what I'm looking for. I tend to simmer the meatballs in the sauce; a similar recipe appears in one of her cookbooks - Comfort Foods - which I have and like, and that is the main difference between that recipe and this one. A couple of people have told me that these are the best meatballs they've ever had. Using top quality meat makes a difference; I look for local, pasture raised. I haven't had issues with the sauce not being flavorful, but then I mess with anything that is not flavorful, until it is! I always add some red wine, add a few red pepper flakes, some extra fresh basil....and if you don't eat wheat, Ancient Harvest Quinoa Spaghetti - best! - or rice spaghetti works fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The meatballs were delicious, moist, and dense. I used for the meat, "meatloaf mix" which is a mixture of different types of meat. The sauce, not so delish!!!!! Very watery, very bland! I would not recommend. The meatballs I would give a 5 and the sauce a 1, therefore a 3 for this recipe. My 11 year old son told me I should have made my own delicious sauce that I usually make. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had ground angus, pretty much did the recipe, except I didn't have the worcestershire sauce (got to get some for next time, and I used my meatballs for a sub. I almost forgot the salt & pepper. the salt & pepper is key, when I added them in and mixed, you smelled the difference right away, raw. Had I come across the recipe first, I'd have had the sirloin, and sauce; but the angus was a good meat substitution. Great recipe, either way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delish! My son is allergic to eggs, so I omitted the egg from the meatball recipe, and used equal proportions of ground beef, pork, and veal.. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly. These meatballs are firm in texture, with a wonderful cheesy flavor. I will make this recipe again, without a doubt! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used the meatball recipe to make appetizer/cocktail size meatballs for a Sunday football party and everyone really enjoyed them. To be fair, I paired the meatballs with jarred Prego marinara sauce so I can only speak for the meatball component of this recipe but I definitely will make the meatballs again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only used the meatballs from this recipe, since I wanted to make meatball sandwiches and already had some sauce. The meatballs were awesome!! My husband and I agreed that they were flavorful and moist! They were so easy to make! This recipe is definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family LOVED these meatballs an requested them again this week! This is my new go-to recipe. Definitely a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just used the meatballs from this recipe, since I already had sauce, and they were very good. I got compliments for them and they were so easy to prepare. I added some chopped parsley and onion to make them even yummier. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent easy recipe. First time I tried this recipe, I made it for a large group--everybody loved it. Have made it since--gets easier every time Meatballs very moist, sauce is flavorful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The homemade sauce was perfect, garlic yummo, and the meatballs to die for! Rachel Ray could do it in 35 minutes, but I spent maybe an hour. I did have to supervise my daughter in rolling the meatballs, and I read the recipe alot. Have fun making it! Yum yummy yummo item not reviewed by moderator and published
The meatballs were great. I'm giving the recipe 4 stars because I used Maggiano's Arrbiata Sauce; however I did use fresh basil. Next time I'll try the sauce recipe as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't try the sauce, but the meatballs were moist and delicious! I will be using this meatball recipe again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Needed an easy homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs tonight that wouldn't take a bunch of stuff I didn't have and came across this one. EASY!! Turned out awesome! Only thing I did was used dried parsley and basil and added some dried oregano. Next time my daughter wants me to add mushrooms and spinich!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great! It was very simple to do, loved the meatballs. I used ground turkey instead and chicken broth instead of beef. I also used dried ingredients for the herbs and it turned out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the meatballs and they were delicious. I am not a fan of meatballs, but this one really hit it out of the park. I really liked how you don't brown them, you just flash bake them at a high temp. That makes them very juicy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is one of my favourite recipes. Quick and easy to make. I've even tried it with ground chicken and it was a hit at home too. Had a Happy accident making it today. I was out of cheddar cheese, which I usually substitute for parmesan (not a big parm fan. All I had was mozzerella and WOW did it make a difference- I had a pot full of 34 meatballs and I truly wanted to eat ALL of them myself! It was great. I love when simple recipes lend themselves to such delicious experiments! Thanks Rachel! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Came out great! Meatballs were delisha and the sauce was awesome! I love spicy but I put a little too much crushed pepper for my son. Next time I'll go a little easy on it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried to remember my mom's from scratch spaghetti and meataball recipe. I read this one through, made it and it was as good as hers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Refreshing twist on regular ol' spaghetti night! Great flavor in the sauce. Meatballs could have had a little more "umph" item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making meatballs ; so I read several of the reviews I actually took a couple of liberties as well, I was worried about the meatballs being too dry or flavorless so I added 1/4 cup more if Parmesan, a couple dashes of crushed red pepper for spice, half a sauteed onion, and a dash of olive oil and liquid aminos, needless to say they were delish! I also recommend flipping them half way through the cook time so they brown on both sides. A lot of reviews suggest being more generous with added spices and I have to agree! The left overs are great too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple and tastes great. That being said and because it is so easy, play around with it a bit. I found that a little red wine (most recently I used some Pinotage I was sipping on while I was make it or vodka can really bring a lot of flavor out of the tomatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just tried this recipe last night for a night-in with my boyfriend, and it was fabulous! It was easy to make and delish! It was perfect with freshly baked garlic bread and a bottle of wine : item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never made the sauce, but the meatballs are my absolute fave! I just made me them for supper tonight and I can't wait to eat them. I've made them many times and they always turn out fabulous. They are my go to meatballs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy and tasted like I spent all after noon on it, Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
The red pepper was way too much for us so I had to mellow it out with some heavy cream and beef broth. Because of that I had to add in some extra dried seasonings. I also don't like my sauce too chunky, so I blended it up with my immersion blender. I think this helped thicken it up and make it not so runny, for those that were looking for a way to get around that... Also, don't be afraid when you're adding salt and pepper to your meat. I was a little hesitant, and I wish I had added quite a bit more. Baking the meatballs was a perfect way to have a healthier meatball, and the ground sirloin wasn't greasy at all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very easy and simple!!!!! like always, the dinner was a blast with your dinners!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, I was really surprised how good this was, because it is so simple. The favors really work. I did not have crushed tomatoes so I pureed two small cans of diced and it worked just fine. Came home from jogging looking forward to the leftovers for lunch and my husband and 4 year old had polished them off! Oh well, will have to make it again. And I used whole grain spaghetti, yum-o! Thanks, Rach. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These meatballs were so easy and delicious! New favorite!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really good. Tasted fresh and my wife loved it. Very easy to make as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really enjoyed this receipe. The meatballs were delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best meatballs I've ever made! And so easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am an excellent cook who traditionally makes horrible meatballs. I kept trying but they always came out dry or mushy and definitely tasteless. These are very flavorful, not mushy, not dry. When I tasted one I was expecting my usual disappointment and was pleasantly surprised that I actually made a yummy meatball that I will be forever proud to serve. They were tasty on their own without requiring the speghetti sauce or gravy to make them so. I used garlic & butter flavored croutons that I crushed into smaller pieces and some of the pieces were actually small chunks and it still was wonderful. I also used minced garlic from a jar rather than fresh which was also fine. I doubled the recipe and doubled the ingredients without issue. I will definitely make these again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it. I found the sauce to be thin too and added half a jar of ragu spaghetti sauce since that's all I had but next time I'll add a can of tomato paste to thicken it up. I cooked with 1/2lb ground sirloin and 1lb Italian sausage, took them out from their casing for meatballs and added more garlic yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this! I followed the recipe as written. The meatballs are amazing. The sauce is good too. My family has asked me to make this again real soon. We have a new family favorite recipe. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night for my dinner, and it was very tasty. I wish the sauce was a little bit thicker, but the taste was definitely there. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like this recipe but I would like it more if the sauce was a little thicker, any suggestions??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
After years of recipes, I have finally found the perfect week night spaghetti and meatball recipe!!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy meat balls. I wanted spaghetti and meat balls, but had never made any. So, I searched the net and found this recipe. I used jar sauce, but I could eat the meat balls by themselves! item not reviewed by moderator and published
thanks Rachel- this recipe has replaced my other 4 spag recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fast and Easy made it right after work. I was always taught sauce takes forever on the stove simmering for hours. This was so easy and delicious left me time to make the my own pasta. My guys loved it and so did I. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good dish! Kids devoured it. Made my own pasta with it.. It was a Sunday so I felt like spending a little extra time. I also added a little bacon with the onion and garlic : Good eats item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only had the meatballs, but they were great and easy! I used turkey meat instead to make it healthier, but I will be making these again item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very easy and very tasty! Great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is saving my life right now. I am a relatively new stay at home mom and this recipe fits into my schedule very nicely. It's light and delicious, satisfying and very tasty. The crusty bread was a perfect partner to the sauce. Rachel Ray is amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Probably my most favorite recipe I've found on this site yet. Easy, yummy, and best of all my husband loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was Absolutely Delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
meatballs are delicious, even if you put them in jar sauce ; item not reviewed by moderator and published
i use this recipe all the time. i can`t believe how good it is without cooking all day. a winner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious. The sauce can tend to be slightly bitter, so I added a small amount of butter to mine. Also, I think less sauce is better than more, so that it doesn't overpower the taste of the meatballs. I love spicy foods, but when I make this for my son and husband, I add less red pepper when I make it for them - still tastes great both ways! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making this recipe. I made it for 5 hungry adults...and everyone loved it. Meatballs were great. Sauce was also very fresh and delicious! Make sure to put the crushed red pepper...gives it a great kick! Really enjoyed dinner, and will make this one again! Thanks Rachael! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is awesome and I have been making it for years! The meatballs are perfect. I follow the recipe exactly except I use 1/2 tsp of kosher salt in the meatballs as well as seasoned bread crumbs. For the sauce I buy the large can (106 oz of San Marzano tomatoes from Costco (if you are lucky enough for your Costco to carry them hand crush them myself and make 4 times as much sauce to 2.5 pounds of meatballs. Today I threw in some chicken italian sausage as well. Enjoy!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This spaghettie sauce is AMAZING!!! I love the meatballs too!!! I love cooking the meatballs in the oven, I'd neer thought of that! I added a whole can of tomate sauce in with it, to make a little more! But other than that: DEFINETELLY 5 STAR WORTHY!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty meatballs, keep a stock of them in my freezer all the time and the sauce is easy & delish with a nice little kick to it. Family favorite around here! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my new favorite recipe for spaghetti and meatballs. It is quick, easy and tastes so fresh. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this last night but tweaked it a little bit. It was very good but just needed a little extra flavor. I also added some tomato paste to make the sauce thicker because I found it was too watery. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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