The Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs

The Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs

by Kristen on April 13, 2012

The Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs

The title says it all. Seriously.

Want to take spaghetti and meatballs from  Sunday night’s kids’ dinner to OMG I’ll do almost anything, no absolutely anything, to shove this stuff in my mouth? I thought you might.

You’re in luck, it’s easy as a college kid at 2am on a Saturday night. And cheaper too.

The Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs

I begged and pleaded with a server at The Pourhouse a number of weeks ago to tell me the secret of their spaghetti and meatballs. Okay truth is I just asked; but begging and pleading sounds like a better story. The directions I was given were: roast tomatoes and garlic with olive oil and blend with basil. That’s it.

The sauce is rich and creamy as a carbonara without a bit of dairy in sight. The BEST ever spaghetti and meatballs.

The Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs

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The Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs
 
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This sauce is so rich and creamy you would swear it was loaded with parmesan.
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Recipe type: Dinner/Pasta
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the sauce:
  • 5 ripe tomatoes, cut in half
  • 8 cloves of garlic, whole
  • ⅓ cup basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup panko or bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • Sea salt
  • To serve:
  • Pasta
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • basil leaves
Instructions
  1. 1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Roast tomatoes and garlic with a generous amount of olive oil for at least 2 hours.
  2. 2. In a food processor or blender, blend tomatoes and garlic with basil, a good douse of olive oil and a generous bunch of sea salt. Set aside
  3. 3. In a large bowl, mix all meatball ingredients together and form into 1″ balls.
  4. 4. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add meatballs and sauté, turning frequently, for 30 minutes or until they are completely cooked though. Set aside
  5. To serve:
  6. 1. Toss pasta in a light coat of sauce and top with meatballs, parmesan and basil leaves.
  7. 2. Serve with a big glass of red wine
Notes
Keep an eye on the garlic after about 30-45 minutes. If it looks like it is getting a little too brown, take it out and set it aside until the tomatoes are finished cooking.

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Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen

Okay, my boyfriend has to make me some of these! or I’ll wail!

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Kristen

LOL absolutely get him too!!

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Sarah

My mouth is watering. These look super savory and comforting!

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Kristen

Hey Sarah,

I’m big on comfort food, especially when it’s been remade to be extra tasty!

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Simply Tia

Oh does this look super good. I love the mix of beef and pork. Yum!

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Kristen

Thanks, Tia! I just found out that my Grandma also used to use a mix of pork and beef for her meatballs. Guess she was onto something long before I was!

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Katie

Yes. I am so making that tomato sauce.

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Kristen

Hey Katie,

I sure hope you do! I swear you are going to love it :)

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Tracy

This recipe is delicious! I made it as soon as I saw your post. I roasted tomatoes and garlic for 1h and 30 min and that was plenty. One comment is that I would recommend roasting the garlic in container, covered with foil, separate from the tomatoes. Roasting the tomatoes uncovered is great as it helps concentrate the flavor as the juice evaporates. However 400 degrees for 2 hours in the oven will just completely dry out and char your garlic. If you want a little more roast on the garlic cloves, you can uncover for the last 20 minutes or so.

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Kristen

Hi Tracey,

That’s a great suggestion about covering the garlic. I actually took mine out before the end and just realized that I didn’t mention that in the recipe. So happy you enjoyed the recipe!

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Amy

Made this last weekend… SO FLIPPIN GOOD!!!!

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Kristen

That’s so great to hear, Amy! So happy you liked it as much as I did :)

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Alyssa

I put the garlic cloves in a separate dish, covered them with tin foil and set the timer for 1.5 hours to make sure they didn’t burn. They were burned to a crisp after an hour! Make sure to keep an eye on them and take them out ASAP!

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Kristen

Hey Alyssa,

Thank you for the feedback! Although this hasn’t happened to me whenever I make this recipe, I’m going to add a note to the recipe to help out other readers. Other than the crispy garlic, I hope it turned out for you :)

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KK

Mix all ingredients together, form into 1″ balls and sauté in a pan, turning frequently, for 30 minutes. Set aside

When you say “all ingredients” do you mean everything except for the garlic, tomatoes, and sea salt and basil? it would be helpful to separate the ingredients for the sauce vs. the meatballs for people who are novice cooks and need to follow recipes carefully.

Thanks!

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Kristen

Hey K,

Sorry that that wasn’t clear. I went back and re-read it and it definitely wasn’t!

I’ve separated the ingredients for the sauce and meatballs so it should be clear now. Let me know if you have any other questions.

And thank you for mentioning that it is helpful for novice cooks to have clear directions. I do forget that sometimes and I’ll have to keep that in mind!

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T

Step 3 is really to take the rest of the ingredients and combine to make the meatballs right? …Leaving the tomatoes / garlic blend aside which is the sauce? Sounds really good, thanks.

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Kristen

Hey T,

Yes, that’s right. I’ve just changed the directions to make it more clear, cause it definitely wasn’t :)

Hope you fall in love with this spaghetti like I did!

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Kimberly

Hi there. For the basil leaves, should they be fresh or no? I am planning on making this tonight…it sounds deeelish!

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Kristen

Hey Kimberly,

Fresh basil leaves will make a world of difference. If you can, definitely use fresh basil. If you can’t find any you could substitute a pinch of dried basil or just leave it out :)

Hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

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Adrienne

Do you sauté the meatballs in olive oil?

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Kristen

Hi Adrienne,

Yes, definitely use some oil when you sauté the meatballs :)

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amber

the directions could be more clear about how to prepare the meatballs…they sort of fall apart in this method…per the directions.

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Kristen

Hey Amber,

I’ve made a few changes to the wording of the directions. Hopefully you’ll find them more clear now :)

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Lisa

How much is a generous bunch of sea salt? Over or under salted would not be great, so I’d like to know at least an approximate measure. Thanks – looking forward to trying this!

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Kristen

Hi Lisa,

I’m always hesitant to give exact measurements with salt. The saltiness of a dish will depend largely on what type of salt you use and your own taste buds.

I would start with a few good pinches, blend, taste and go from there. When it tastes rich and incredibly delicious, stop adding salt.

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steve

I want to make this weekend. What kind of tomatoes shall I use?

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Kristen

Hi Steve,

I’ve used many different types of tomatoes and they’ve all worked great. Use whichever tomatoes at the grocery store look the ripest :)

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Kate

Hi there,

So excited to make this recipe!! Just a quick question that may be on the silly side… :P
To roast the tomatoes, do I need a roast pan? Will a normal 9×13 baking dish do fine, or will I be in trouble? Just wanted to check before I attempted this awesome-looking recipe! Thanks :)

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Kristen

Hi Kate,

That should work just fine! I’ve used a few different sizes of pans when making this and it has always turned out. Enjoy!

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Roxanne

When u blend the tomatoes and garlic, do u blend the tomatoes with the skin on?

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Ashley

This recipe is delicious!!! The sauce is good enough on it’s own as a soup! I added the garlic to the tomatoes the last 30 minutes of roasting time. I doused the tomatoes with PLENTY of olive oil which I transferred to the blender as well. Also, I used a pack of spicy Italian sausage in place of ground pork. Delicious!!! Thank you!

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Kristen

What a great idea to use spicy Italian sausage. I’m trying that next time for sure!!

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