Classic, simple, no fuss dinner here with the most tender and juicy homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce!
Sometimes you just need a feel good classic. Simple, no fuss no muss, and this is exactly that. Completely homemade comfort food for the entire family to enjoy.
The meatballs use a blend of ground beef and ground pork (but you can also substitute ground turkey or use all beef or all pork), baked to perfection so you can prep your sauce without any added work.
The sauce is also incredibly simple with a short ingredient list, using both crushed and petite diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and fresh basil. If you’re really short on time, store-bought marinara sauce (such as Rao’s) can absolutely work for an even speedier dinner.
Serve with spaghetti noodles (or any other pasta of your choice), topped with fresh basil and freshly grated Parmesan along with some of the leftover red wine used in this recipe.
TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE
I DON’T EAT BEEF OR PORK. WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE?
You can substitute ground turkey for both!
WHAT IS PANKO?
Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb and can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store. But you can also substitute breadcrumbs to serve as a binder for the meatballs.
WHAT DO YOU SERVE THESE WITH?
Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs
for the meatballs
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan⅓ cup Panko*⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves½ cup milk1 large egg1 small shallot diced3 cloves garlic mincedKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste1 pound lean ground beef1 pound ground pork
for the sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil1 medium sweet onion diced3 cloves garlic minced2 teaspoons Italian seasoning½ teaspoon fennel seeds¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes⅓ cup dry red wine1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes1 (15-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes1 teaspoon sugar½ cup chopped fresh basil leaves1 pound spaghetti