American Chicken Italian Main Dish

Spaghetti and Meatballs – Baked Meatballs

spaghetti and meatballs

The best tasting spaghetti and meatballs that I’d made. This is one of the most popular Italian-American dishes.

You could find this on the menu of most Italian restaurants. A bowl of this is so comforting and makes you feel good. Meatballs can be made with almost any kind of ground meat, I prefer either beef or chicken. Making this dish is so easy, you just have to mix the ground meat with some ingredients and bake it or pan fry it till golden brown. Put the meatballs into the tomato sauce and cook for a few minutes. Serve it over spaghetti pasta and garnish with parmesan cheese.

You don’t need anything else to go with this, a warm bowl of this is just enough to put a smile on your face. This can be made the previous day and can be served for next day lunch as well, tastes even more delicious.

spaghetti and meat balls

Spaghetti and Meatballs - Baked Meatballs
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 People
For making meatballs
  • Ground chicken or beef- 1 lb
  • Onion, minced- 1
  • Green pepper minced- ½ of one large pepper
  • Italian seasoning- 2 tsp
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Parsley or Cilantro, chopped- 2 handfuls
  • Bread crumbs- ½ cup
  • Milk- ½ cup
For making sauce
  • Tomato sauce, low-sodium- 2½ cups
  • Ground cumin- ½ tsp
  • Italian seasoning- 1 tsp
Other ingredients
  • Olive oil- 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Spaghetti pasta- ½ lb
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F or 190 C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and milk together, keep it aside for 5 minutes and let the breadcrumbs absorb all the milk.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef along with onion, green pepper, Italian seasoning, ground pepper and salt.
  4. Add the breadcrumbs and milk mixture, combine really well without any lumps.
  5. Make medium sized balls out of the ground beef mixture.
  6. Place the balls on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and greased with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, let cool down a bit.
  9. Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat, add olive oil.
  10. Place the baked meatballs over the oil and pan fry till it turns golden brown in color.
  11. Transfer the balls to a kitchen paper towel, Keep aside.
  12. In the same pan used for pan frying meatballs, add the tomato sauce.
  13. Season the sauce with Italian seasoning and ground cumin, combine well.
  14. Add the cooked meatballs into the sauce and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  15. In the meantime, cook spaghetti in boiling water seasoned with salt.
  16. Drain the water from the cooked spaghetti.
  17. Add the spaghetti to the meatballs and sauce, combine well.
  18. While serving, place the spaghetti as the bottom layer on a plate and top with meatballs.
  19. Garnish with parmesan cheese and enjoy.
Meatballs can be made ahead of time and can be combined with the sauce before serving.



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