Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs
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Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

This recipe uses a combination of ground beef, pork and veal to produce incredibly moist and tender meatballs. Baked in an Italian marinara sauce, it’s an easy weeknight winner.
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55 mins total time

20 mins active time


Serves 6



For the marinara sauce

  • olive oil icon
    2 tbsp olive oil
  • clove garlic icon
    2 cloves garlic


  • can crushed tomatoes icon
    2 x 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • kosher salt icon
    2 tsp kosher salt
  • white sugar icon
    1 tbsp white sugar
  • dried oregano icon
    1 tsp dried oregano

For the meatballs

  • white bread icon
    4 slices (5½ oz) white bread

    torn into pieces

  • milk icon
    1 cup (8 fl oz) milk
  • large egg icon
    2 large eggs
  • ground beef, pork and veal or meatloaf mix icon
    2 lb ground beef, pork and veal or meatloaf mix
  • clove garlic icon
    2 cloves garlic


  • sea salt icon
    1½ tsp sea salt
  • finely grated parmesan cheese icon
    2 cups (5½ oz) finely grated parmesan cheese
  • flat-leaf parsley leaves icon
    ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

    coarsely chopped

To serve

  • spaghetti icon
    1 lb spaghetti
  • grated parmesan cheese icon
    Grated parmesan cheese
  • chopped flat-leaf parsley icon
    Chopped flat-leaf parsley


  • 1Heat a pot over medium heat and add the oil. Once heated add the garlic and cook, stirring for 2 minutes, or until golden. Add the tomatoes and stir to combine.
  • 2Add the salt, sugar and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes, or until thickened. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 3Place the bread in a large bowl, pour over the milk and use a whisk to break it up. Add the eggs and whisk to combine.
  • 4Add the ground meat, garlic, salt, parmesan and parsley. Use your hands to knead until well combined.
  • 5Insert the wire rack into position 6. Set the oven to Bake, Super Convection, 350°F, for 40 minutes and press Start to preheat. Meanwhile, continue to the next step. 
  • 6Pour the marinara sauce into a 13-inch x 9-inch x 2-inch deep baking dish.
  • 7Roll the beef mixture into balls approximately 1/3 cup (3 oz) measures and place in the marinara sauce.
  • 8Once preheated, place the dish in the oven and cook for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti.
  • 9Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and season well with salt. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions. Drain.
    Tip: Add a little oil to the cooked pasta to prevent it from sticking.
  • 10The internal temperature of the meatballs should reach 160°F when tested with a meat thermometer. If not, cook it a little longer.
  • 11Turn the meatballs in the sauce to coat, then carefully remove and set aside.
  • 12Add the spaghetti to the sauce and stir to coat.
  • 13Top the spaghetti with the meatballs and serve sprinkled with parmesan and parsley.
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