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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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  • MS11894314
    19 OCT, 2016
    I don't understand some of these recipes. This is the second one that said "30 Minute...." yet when you get to the recipe, it says 30 minute prep and 30 minute total time. That means there isn't any cooking?
  • fourcornershome
    22 NOV, 2015
    I didn't start my spaghetti till the meatballs had gone into the sauce, and it worked perfect, I also used chicken sausage instead of Italian sausage, but it was just as good..