Spaghetti and Meatballs


For the sauce

For the meatballs

For the pasta


Prepare the sauce

  1. Heat olive oil in a 4 to 5 quart pot on medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds longer or until fragrant.
  4. Add the carrots and mushrooms, and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato paste, stir to blend, and cook for a minute longer.
  6. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, and parsley.
  7. Mash and stir the tomatoes with a potato masher until the sauce starts to thicken, about 5 minutes over medium-high heat.
  8. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently while preparing meatballs, stirring occasionally.

Form the meatballs

  1. In a large bowl, mix by hand the beef, Italian sausage, basil, parsley, mushrooms, eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese, and 2 tablespoons of salt and pepper.
  2. Do not overmix or the meatballs will be tough.
  3. Use small melon baller (or teaspoon) to form 1-inch round meatballs.
  4. Roll and compress into tight balls.

Cook the meatballs

  1. In a separate wide, shallow pan, heat olive oil on medium-high heat.
  2. Brown meatballs on all sides for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Depending on the pan size, you may need to brown two batches of the meatballs. Cook them in a single layer; do not crowd the pan by stacking them.
  4. Do not overcook the meatballs; they will continue to cook in the sauce.
  5. Towards the end of browning the meatballs, add a little bit of red wine to deglaze the pan.

Finish and simmer the sauce

  1. Add the cheese and red wine to the sauce and stir it in. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to taste.
  2. Add meatballs and gently stir. Simmer the sauce and meatballs for 30-45 minutes while cooking the spaghetti, stirring occasionally.

Cook the spaghetti

  1. Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and bring it to a boil.
  2. When the water is boiling, add the dry spaghetti to the pot.
  3. Boil the spaghetti for 8-10 minutes, or to al dente.
  4. Drain the spaghetti in a collander.
  5. (Optional) Add ~1/3 cup of pasta water to sauce to help sauce stick to noodles.


  1. Place a thin layer of sauce on a plate. Add pasta, sauce and meatballs.


Recipe tags: italian pasta beef pork

Recipe posted on: 2021-03-21, last edited on: 2021-03-21, written by: Sylvain Gauthier