Favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs

Kathy D


This is a classic recipe from Bobby Flay's, "Bobby Flay Cooks American" cookbook. It's a great cookbook, filled with wonderful recipes. This is one of them! Enjoy!

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30 Min


1 Hr


Stove Top



2 Tbsp
olive oil
4 clove
garlic, finely chopped
8 oz
ground pork
8 oz
ground veal
8 oz
ground beef
2 large
eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 c
grated parmesan cheese
1/4 c
dry bread crumbs
1/4 c
parsley, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 c
pure olive oil (not extra-virgin), for frying


2 Tbsp
olive oil
1 large
onion, finely chopped
4 clove
garlic, finely chopped
56 oz
(2 - 28 oz. cans) whole plum tomatoes and their juice, pureed in a blender
bay leaf
1 small
bunch of parsley
1 pinch
red pepper flakes, or more to taste
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
basil leaves, shredded


1 lb
freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions Step-By-Step

Meatballs: Heat oil in a small skillet over med-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, while stirring, until softened. Transfer to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients to the bowl (except for the frying oil!). Mix well and season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and fry them until just lightly browned all over. Remvoe them with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
Tomato Sauce: Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add onions and garlic, cooking until soft. Add the pureed tomatoes, with their juice, bay leaf, parsley, pepper flakes, and the salt and pepper, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and add the meatballs , and let simmer for about 30-40 minutes, until sauce is thickened. Remove the bay leaf and parsley bunch. Stir in basil just before serving.
FINISH: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until tender. Drain well in a colander, and then transfer to a large serving bowl. Reserve the meatballs and toss the sauce with the pasta. Top with meatballs and the Parmesan cheese and serve. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids