Simple Meatballs and Spaghetti

Catherine Cappiello Pappas


When I title this dinner as “simple”, it is because I love the senses this dish stirs. It stirs the senses of a time when dinner was served in the kitchen with pots and pans, thick loaves of bread and huge hunks of cheese for grating. It stirs a time of aprons, and chrome kitchen chairs scraped along the floor as they are hastily pulled out to sit down for dinner. It reminds me of the times of dipping chunks of bread in the sauce and enjoying every minute. It was a simpler time and yet a time that memories are made of.

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10 Min
35 Min
Stove Top


3 lbs. ground beef
seasoning for the meatballs:
3 eggs
3 slices white bread
¼ cup milk
¼ cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
¼ cup fresh parsley
4-5 cloves of garlic
½ tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons olive oil
for the simple and easy sauce:
1 red onion – sliced thin
28 oz. can of plum tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic – chopped
¼ cup red wine
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
¼ tsp. sugar
¼ cup of grated romano or parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. of your favorite spaghetti
grated romano or parmesan cheese

How to Make Simple Meatballs and Spaghetti


  • 1Seasoning for the Meatballs: Combine all of the above ingredients for the meatball seasoning in a food processor and process. In a large bowl mix together the ground beef with the ingredients from the food processor. Preheat Oven 350 degrees: Shape the ground beef into desired size meatballs. Place in a baking dish and bake 25 – 30 minutes. For the Simple and Easy Sauce: Heat a large cast iron frying pan with the olive oil. Add the sliced onions and chopped garlic to gently sauté until the onion is soft and the garlic fragrant. Add the plum tomatoes and the wine and continue to simmer on low. Add the seasonings and the grated cheese and continue to simmer on low. When the meatballs are ready; add to the sauce and simmer on low for about 30 minutes, while preparing the spaghetti. Plate the spaghetti and top with a drizzle of olive oil, the sauce, meatballs and finish with the grated cheese and a dash of red pepper flakes.

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About Simple Meatballs and Spaghetti

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian