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Traditional Spaghetti With Meatballs

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Traditional Spaghetti With Meatballs

1 hours 9 minutes total

Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic Italian dish that has become a favorite in households all over the world. This hearty and comforting meal is perfect for any occasion, whether it's a family dinner or a special occasion. The combination of tender meatballs and flavorful tomato sauce served over a bed of al dente spaghetti is simply irresistible. In this recipe, we'll show you how to make the perfect meatballs and sauce to create a delicious and satisfying meal that everyone will love. So, let's get started!



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Serves 4

1 box Barilla® Thick Spaghetti
4 tbs Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, chopped
1 can (28 oz) San Marzano tomatoes
3 slices White bread, no crust, diced
1 ¼ cup Parmigiano cheese, grated, divided
1 lb Grass fed beef 80/20
2 Link Italian sausage, off the casing
1 tbs Parsley, chopped
12 leaves Basil, sliced
To taste Salt and pepper


Individuals with allergies or specific dietary concerns should verify that the ingredients they utilize for the recipes comply with their restrictions. *Such a line meets the VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, LACTOSE-FREE AND KOSHER needs


Step 1

Here are the 4 easy steps for the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe:

Step 2

In a saucepot gently fry onion with olive oil for five minutes, add 1 clove of chopped garlic, keep sautéing and one minute later add crushed tomatoes. Add less than one cup of water, salt and pepper and bring to simmer.

  • Onion
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Step 3

Meanwhile soak bread in water. In a bowl combine meat, 2/3 cup of Parmigiano cheese, parsley, 1 clove chopped garlic, soaked bread (squeeze out excess water). Mix and when all comes together (very important to not overmix), shape 2,5 cm size meatballs. Add meatballs to tomato sauce, simmer until thoroughly cooked, about 15 minutes.

  • Bread
  • Meat
  • Parmigiano cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Step 4

Meanwhile cook pasta according to directions. Drain and toss with meatballs sauce.

  • Pasta

Step 5

Finish with sliced basil, remaining Parmigiano cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil before serving.

  • Basil
  • Remaining Parmigiano cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil

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In conclusion, spaghetti and meatballs is a classic Italian dish that is loved by many around the world. It is a simple yet delicious meal that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The combination of tender meatballs, flavorful tomato sauce, and perfectly cooked spaghetti is sure to satisfy any craving. With this recipe, you can easily recreate this dish at home and impress your loved ones with your culinary skills. So, go ahead and give it a try, and enjoy a hearty and comforting meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and happy.

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  • Pack size 500 g