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Oven-Roasted Spaghetti and Meatballs


In a hurry?  Got no time to make spaghetti and meatballs?  I’m here to tell you that you do.  Here’s a recipe that could revolutionize your world.  It’s a total game-changer, this one.  That is, if you love spaghetti and meatballs, and in my fantasy world that would be everyone.

Spahgetti and me go way back.  My love for it is legendary (within our family lore, anyway).  From the time I could put fork to mouth, all I wanted was spaghetti.  Every dinner, every restaurant, no matter where we were, that’s all I wanted.  I still make it with alarming frequency, and after all these years I never tire of it.  Me and spaghetti, we’re tight.  Add a meatball, and this is a happy girl.

I really don’t care how long it takes me to make it, but I recently came across this recipe in a magazine devoted to pasta recipes (what else?), and I was quickly infatuated with it.  The whole idea is that you take all of your sauce ingredients and just dump them in a roasting pan, make your meatballs and set them on top, and then shove the whole shootin’ match in the oven for like 45 minutes.  What emerges from said oven is nothing short of spaghetti nirvana. 


The meatballs roast and flavor the sauce ingredients, and the sauce simmers and flavors the meatballs and it’s all so very easy.  The meatballs are removed from the pan, the sauce ingredients are run through the blender and then everyone is re-united for the big spaghetti finale.  I just love stuff like this.


So here’s the deal. You put everything together the night before and stick it in the fridge.  When you get home from work, just throw it in the oven, cook your pasta and you have perhaps some of the best spaghetti and meatballs in recent history.  Well, that may be debatable, but I’m purdy sure you’re going to like how easy this is.  Easy and delicious are my two favorite things.  Here’s the recipe…

P.S. Please the update added at the end of this post.

Oven-Roasted Spaghetti and Meatballs

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This is such a great, easy recipe and we make it often.  I've added an update at the end of the post with my most recent changes.  Enjoy!

For the Sauce

1  28-oz can whole tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
1  14-0z diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp crushed red pepper
a good handful of chopped fresh basil

Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
1 lb. spaghetti
Parmesan cheese for mixing and serving

For the Meatballs
1 ½ lbs ground meat (I used ground turkey)
½ cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
½ cup finely chopped onion
1 egg, slightly beaten
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 ½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 425.

Place the sauce ingredients in an 11 x 13 roasting or baking pan, breaking up the tomatoes with your hands.  Mix to combine all the ingredients.

Combine the meatballs ingredients and form into ball about the size of a golf ball and place on top of the sauce ingredients.  Drizzle with a few tablespoons of the olive oil and a sprinkling or grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese.

Place in a preheated oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes, turning the meatballs about halfway through.

While the sauce and meatballs are cooking, cook the spaghetti in lots of boiling, salted water until al dente (about a minute less than indicated on the package).  Drain, but do not rinse.

Remove the roasting pan from the oven and remove the meatballs from the pan, but keep warm.  Puree the sauce ingredients using an immersion blender or a regular blender or food processor.  If using a regular blender, you will want to do this in 2 batches.  Return the pureed sauce to the roasting pan and add the spaghetti.  Stir to combine, mixing in additional parmesan cheese.

Serve with the meatballs and more grated parmesan as desired.

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    that's and interesting way to look at things

Reader Comments (14)

What a great way to cook the sauce and meatballs. Perfect! And I just have to say that your first pic is the most perfect spaghetti and meatball picture!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

This sounds delightful. I, too, never tire of spaghetti, but my family does. Maybe I'll just make myself a big dish to eat over several days!

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTami

Tammi, you really should just make a big batch of this and keep it for yourself. Who knows, if you tell them they can't have any, they get interested :)

November 15, 2010 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Thanks, Carrie! That photo makes me laugh.

November 15, 2010 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Oh, I like this. I like this a lot. Spaghetti and meatballs are my absolute favorite. I can't wait to give it a try and love it's simplicity. Thanks for sharing!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

Well, we like it a lot too, Tanya! It's now my only and favorite way to make spaghetti and meatballs. Thanks for stopping by.

November 17, 2010 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I know it's turkey time but this pasta is calling my name Patrice! Happy Thanksgiving friend!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarie

I made this tonight and it was great! Very easy and very tasty, perhaps the best spaghetti and meatballs I've made yet. It will become a staple for me for sure! Thanks for sharing!

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

When making the weekly menu i asked for input from my 4-year-old daughter, who immediately responded "Meatballs!" I've never made meatballs, but i was sure I'd find something good at Tastespotting. Yours was one of 5 recipes I'd 'pinned' to try, and I'll never need to try the other 4. Simply divine!

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchris

So glad you liked this, Chris. It's one of our favorites too! Thanks so much for letting us know!

April 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Hello from Colorado! I made this for myself and Dusty last night and, wow. The best spaghetti we've ever had! Thanks Patrice - hope you all are well.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin Dolin

So great to hear from you, Erin! And I'm so glad you liked the spaghetti and meatballs! It's our fave too. Love how easy it is. Thanks so much for letting us know!

August 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Just found your website and tried this recipe for dinner last night. It was a big hit! No more frying meatballs and spattering up my kitchen, yay! I have added you to my favourites list and look forward to trying out some more of your recipes. Thanks!

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTilly H (Canada)

Welcome, Tilly!! So glad you liked this one. It's one of our favorites too! Thanks so much for letting us know!

December 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

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