Spaghetti and Meatballs

Source: My Mom, cir. 1970’s

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs are an all time classic! You find this dish on just about every Italian restaurant’s menu, and it is also a dish I never order in a restaurant, because I am never happy with it.

My mom must have spoiled me, because honestly, nobody makes this dish better than my mom. Maybe it’s her slow-cook method for her red sauce, or just the perfect combination of ingredients from her meatballs, but it is a slam dunk hit! In restaurants, the dish is always mediocre to less than mediocre. The meatballs are usually huge, and rather tasteless, while the spaghetti sauce is always lacking.

It’s my frustration with the Italian restaurants in America. However, when I go to Italian restaurants in Italy, or Ticino (Italian side of Switzerland) and order this dish, the taste is just like home. I do not know what the American/Italian’s are doing…but they have a bit of work to do in my opinion.

This is a lovely recipe, passed down from my mom, and my Nonna. It is been in our family, circulating around the table for over a hundred years! Easy, delicious, and just makes you feel good and happy. 😉

Spaghetti and Meatballs

A delicious dish that puts a smile on everyone’s face!  (unless your a vegan or tarian!)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Meats, Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5


  • 1 lb fresh ground meat beef, turkey, chicken, pork
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1-2 tsp herbs rosemary, oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bouillon base powder, beef if possible
  • 1 tsp ginger dry
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese grated
  • 1 tsp anise seeds optional
  • 1-2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 2 tsp birds eye chili’s
  • 1 small onion fine diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • tomato sauce large pot red sauce, slow-cooked all day.


  • combine all ingredients together and mix up with your hands to combine
  • form individual balls, trying to keep them roughly all the same size
  • bake in the oven @ 200 Celsius for about 20 min, or until they are brown.
  • when they are cooked, put them in the red sauce you have cooking on the stove.  This allows them to suck up the sauce, and be a bit on the soft side after baking
  • serve and enjoy!
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