14 Ingredients 9 Steps 40min

Mom's Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mom's Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe | SideChef
14 Ingredients 9 Steps 40min

Mom's Spaghetti and Meatballs

Estimated Cost
Estimated Cost


5 cups
Marinara Sauce
store-bought or your favorite homemade recipe
1 lb


Medium Onion , grated
2 oz
preferably fatty bacon
2/3 cup
plus more for serving
3/4 cup
Large Eggs , separated
just the yolks
1/2 cup
Minced Fresh Parsley , loosely packed
4 cloves
Garlic , minced
1 tsp
Italian Seasoning
1 tsp
Fine Salt
plus more as needed
to taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 lb
80/20 Lean Ground Beef

Cooking Instructions

Step 1
Set a large pot of water to boil over medium-high heat. Add a few generous pinches of salt. Once boiling, add the Spaghetti (1 lb) and cook according to package directions, then drain. Reserve ½ cup pasta water.
Step 2
Preheat your oven broiler and adjust the rack to the middle of the oven.
Step 3
In a large mixing bowl, add the Onion (1/2) , Wright® Brand Smoked Bacon (2 oz) , Parmesan Cheese (2/3 cup) , Breadcrumbs (3/4 cup) , Egg Yolks (3) , Fresh Parsley (1/2 cup) , Garlic (4 cloves) , Italian Seasoning (1 tsp) , Fine Salt (1 tsp) , and Freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste) . Mix to combine well, then add the 80/20 Lean Ground Beef (1 lb) and 80/20 Lean Ground Pork (8 oz) and mix until just incorporated.
Step 4
Form into balls around the size of a golf ball or slightly larger. You should be able to make around 20. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment.
Step 5
Place in the oven and broil until the tops are browned, 3-5 minutes.
Step 6
While the meatballs broil, add the Marinara Sauce (5 cups) to a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Turn heat to medium, to keep it barely simmering.
Step 7
Gently add the meatballs and simmer until they are just cooked through 5-10 minutes. They should register 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) on an instant thermometer.
Step 8
Once you’re ready to eat, gently transfer meatballs to a plate or tray. Add the pasta to the red sauce and toss to combine. Add a splash of pasta water if needed to loosen the sauce so it can coat the noodles. Grate a generous amount of parmesan cheese over the top and toss one more time.
Step 9
Serve on plates or shallow bowls, topped with the meatballs and extra parmesan cheese.
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