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Spaghetti and Meat Balls

September 19, 2014


I love this recipe because it includes a very simple tomato sauce.  Most of the time I have sauce in my freezer but it’s a winter/fall endeavor.  By the time early fall comes around, there is no more sauce and this recipe comes in very handy.

There is never a nice handy 8 ounces of turkey or 8 ounces of pork at my supermarket, so I get what they have and then freeze the remainder for exactly an occasion like this.

Spaghetti and Meatballs (from Martha Stewart)

1 large egg

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 large onion, finely chopped, divided

6 garlilc cloves, minced, divided

1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs

1-1/2 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese

8 ounces ground pork

8 ounces ground turkey

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, divided

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1, 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

3/4 cup water

In a large bowl, add the egg, 1/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, half the onion, half the garlic, breadcrumbs, cheese, pork, turkey and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning.  Mix gently with a very large fork.  Form into 16 meatballs (an ice cream scoop comes in handy here, for making the meatballs).

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat.  Add half the meatballs and brown on all sides, 4-6 minutes total and turning every minute or so.  Transfer to a plate.  Add 1 tablespoon of oil, and cook remaining meatballs.  Set aside on plate.

Clean out pan using paper towels and set back on heat, adding 1 tablespoon of oil.  Add other 1/2 of onion and cook over medium low heat until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the other 1/2 of garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning and cook 30 seconds.  Stir in tomatoes and 3/4 cup of water.  Return meatballs to pan, cover and simmer until cooked through about 20 minutes.

Serve over spaghetti with more Parmesan cheese.

meatball ingredients:


mixed together:


all ready to cook:




sauce ingredients:


onion, garlic, Italian seasoning:


add tomatoes:


add meatballs:


done after 20 minutes:


with a dusting of Parmesan:


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