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14 INGREDIENTS 9 STEPS 40min

Mom's Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Not your mom’s spaghetti and meatballs...or is it? This is the comfort food from your childhood memories. The saucy al dente pasta with a bite covered in tangy marinara and the fluffy and tender meatballs are the perfect pair. The secret to a tender meatball is breadcrumb and a combination of different meat. With this secret, you’ll have the perfect meatballs every time! What’s even better? It’s the perfect easy recipe for a busy weeknight that will make the whole family happy.
Mom's Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe | SideChef
Not your mom’s spaghetti and meatballs...or is it? This is the comfort food from your childhood memories. The saucy al dente pasta with a bite covered in tangy marinara and the fluffy and tender meatballs are the perfect pair. The secret to a tender meatball is breadcrumb and a combination of different meat. With this secret, you’ll have the perfect meatballs every time! What’s even better? It’s the perfect easy recipe for a busy weeknight that will make the whole family happy.
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40min
Total Time
35min
Active Time
$5.17
Cost Per Serving

Ingredients

US / METRIC
Servings:
4
Serves 4
5 cups
Marinara Sauce
store-bought or your favorite homemade recipe
1 lb
Spaghetti

Meatballs

1/2
Medium Onion , grated
2 oz
preferably fatty bacon
2/3 cup
around 2/3 cups grated, plus more for serving
3/4 cup
Breadcrumbs
3
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

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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
1227
FAT
52.3 g
PROTEIN
62.0 g
CARBS
120.4 g

Author's Notes

Yields 4-6 servings.

Cooking Instructions

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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) , Large Eggs (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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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
1227
% Daily Value*
Fat
52.3 g
67%
Saturated Fat
17.3 g
86%
Trans Fat
1.5 g
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Cholesterol
302.8 mg
101%
Carbohydrates
120.4 g
44%
Fiber
11.3 g
40%
Sugars
21.5 g
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Protein
62.0 g
124%
Sodium
2497.6 mg
109%
Vitamin D
0.5 µg
2%
Calcium
325.2 mg
25%
Iron
10.2 mg
57%
Potassium
1628.2 mg
35%
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