Family Favorite: Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs


I made Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs last night, and my kids went nuts over it. For some reason, they acted like I had slaved in the kitchen all day. They were so impressed! This recipe is a breeze. It’s true comfort food for the first week of school. Feel free to substitute ground turkey if you prefer. 

Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs

Cook Time:

40 minutes

Prep Times:

20 minutes


6 to 8 servings


11/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup panko or Italian style breadcrumbs
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 (3 lb.) jar marinara sauce
1 (16-oz.) package spaghetti noodles


1. Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese in a large bowl. Shape mixture into 11/2inch balls.

2. Spray a metal rack with cooking spray and place in an aluminum foil-lined baking pan; arrange meatballs on rack 2 inches apart.

3. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes or until meatballs are browned. Heat marinara sauce in a large Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Add meatballs, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 20 minutes. Serve with pasta and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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