Simple Spaghetti and Meatballs

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs

This pasta favorite is guaranteed to please every member of your family.


  • 1 medium onion, grated (1 cup)

  • 4 teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (optional)

  • ¼ cup plain dried breadcrumbs

  • 1 large egg

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium carrot, grated

  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes

  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce

  • 12 ounces spaghetti


  1. Heat broiler with rack 4 inches from heat source. In a medium bowl, mix 1/4 cup onion, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, egg, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until combined. Add beef; mix gently until combined. With moistened hands, form beef mixture into 16 balls (each equal to 2 level tablespoons). Place on a rimmed baking sheet, and broil until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add carrot, remaining 3/4 cup onion, and remaining 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables are tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and add meatballs. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened, 20 to 25 minutes.

  3. Add pasta to boiling water 10 minutes before meatballs are cooked; cook until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot. Add meatballs and tomato sauce to pasta; toss to combine. Serve with additional Parmesan, if desired.

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