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!


★★★★★ 2 votes

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
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1 small
    bunch of parsley
  • 1 pinch
    red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • ·
    salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6
    basil leaves, shredded

  • 1 lb
  • ·
    freshly grated parmesan cheese

How to Make Favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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About Favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs

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

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