Serena Wolf's Weeknight Spaghetti and Meatballs

Need a leisurely dinner in a hurry? Turn a pound of ground beef into luscious baked meatballs simmered in our delicious tomato marinara sauce. Serve over a tangle of our Homemade spaghetti with garlic bread or a simple salad.

Serena Wolf's Weeknight Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Ingredients

    • 1 cup Breadcrumbs
    • 1 cup Whole Milk
    • 1 lb (85% lean) Ground Beef
    • 1 Egg
    • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
    • 1 tbsp Parsley
    • 1 clove garlic
    • ¾ tsp Salt
    • ¼ tsp Pepper
    • 1 lb Spaghetti
    • 4 cups Rao’s Homemade® Marinara Sauce
    • for serving basil
  • Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easy cleanup) and spray with cooking spray.
    2. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and milk. Set aside to rest while you prepare the remaining ingredients for the meatballs. (The breadcrumbs will absorb the milk as they rest.)
    3. Add the beef, egg, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper to a medium bowl. Add the soaked breadcrumbs. Using your hands, mix gently until all of the ingredients are combined.
    4. With lightly oiled hands, gently roll the meat mixture into 16 balls (roughly 2 inches in diameter) and place them an inch or so apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.
    5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti al dente according to the package directions.
    6. Pour the marinara sauce into a medium sauté pan or Dutch oven and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
    7. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the cooked spaghetti. (You can also toss the spaghetti with the sauce and meatballs before serving. If you do this, reserve a cup of pasta water. Add this pasta water as needed to thin the sauce when tossing with the pasta.) Top with freshly grated Parmesan and basil (if using).

    Recipe by Serena Wolf