Homemade Meatballs & Spaghetti

What’s up, guys!?

Man it has been a MINUTE since I last posted. Don’t worry, I will start back up on the meal plans as soon as we get our household goods (currently going on 3+ weeks without it) from military storage.

AND I will post all about our moving adventure across the country. During a global pandemic. Which, by the way, is the BEST time to move….. Not.

I made some super simple spaghetti and meatballs last night and everyone wanted the recipe so here you go!

*Not all of the ingredients listed are pictured.


  • Half box of Angel hair spaghetti.
  • 1 T of olive oil.
  • 1 Cup of reserved pasta water.
  • 1 jar of Spaghetti sauce (tomato and basil or cheese kind works well).
  • 1 LB of 85% lean, Grass fed Ground Beef
  • 1/3 C plain bread crumbs.
  • 1/3 C shredded Parmesan cheese.
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 T of Italian seasoning blend.
  • 2 large eggs
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese for topping
  • OPTIONAL: garlic bread to bake to have for a side.

This is SUPER easy.


1. Mix together bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, 2 eggs, and ground beef in bowl. Mix until everything comes together and there are no chunks of egg or bread crumbs.

2. Form into 1 1/2 inch balls. Set aside.

3. Start a large pot of water to boil. Add salt and olive oil to water. Once water is boiling add the spaghetti noodles to the pot. ** I like to break mine in half and then throw in the pot.

4. Pour half of spaghetti sauce into a large sauté pan. Set to medium heat. Add meatballs in and cover pan. Reduce heat and let them cook for about 5-7 minutes.

5. If your noodles are done, drain them and RESERVE SOME WATER for later. It makes the sauce adhere to the noodles really nicely.

6. Flip your meatballs to the other side (there should be a tiny bit of browning from the bottom of the pan). Add the rest of the spaghetti sauce to the pan, on top of the meatballs, cover and cook until meatballs are firm and fully cooked through (around 5-8 minutes).

7. Once your meatballs are done and you are ready to assemble your plate, put the spaghetti back in the original pot you cooked with (or a large bowl) and pour the reserved pasta water over the noodles and stir. This will make them not so sticky and nice enough for the sauce to stick to them. Add your sauce and meatballs, throw some shredded Parmesan cheese on there and TA-DA! Homemade-ish Spaghetti and meatballs.

8. Don’t forget the garlic bread!! What’s a spaghetti meal without dipping a piece of garlic bread in the leftover sauce from your plate?

There you have it! Homemade Meatballs and Spaghetti. Super easy, simple, and not time consuming.

Let us know if you enjoyed this meal! Also, yes that last picture is my food on a paper plate because we just moved and don’t have our household goods yet. #militarylife

Happy cooking!

~Erin, The Short Chef

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