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30-Minute Spaghetti and Meatballs


Turn sausages into tasty meatballs without additional ingredients or mixing.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, May 2010


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet or spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 pound spaghetti


  1. Set a large pot of salted water to boil. Remove sausage meat from casings and roll into 24 balls. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high. Add sausage and cook until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meatballs to a plate. Add onion to pan and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, breaking them up as you go, and season with salt and pepper; bring sauce to a boil and cook 5 minutes.

  2. Add pasta to water and cook according to package instructions. Meanwhile, add meatballs to sauce and rapidly simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 7 minutes. Reserve 8 meatballs and 1 1/2 cups sauce to make Spinach and Meatball Calzones at another time. Drain pasta, then toss with remaining sauce and meatballs.

Cook's Notes

For a variation, try this recipe with fresh chicken or turkey sausages.

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