Mozzarella Meatballs & Spaghetti

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is not my own recipe but one that I found a few years ago in "The Cook's Kitchen Collection" from Benchtop Books. I made it for a dinner with friends and we loved it. Although I'm often tempted to use prepackaged meatballs for myself, when I cook spaghetti & meatballs for guests this is my favorite meatball recipe. If you have kids let them mix up and make the meatballs -it's easy and they'll have fun. Feel free to vary the seasoning for both the meat or the sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Put the beef, breadcrumbs, garlic, half the parsley, salt& pepper into a bowl.
  2. Add the egg and mix well.
  3. Cut the mozzarella cheese into 16 small cubes.
  4. Take a heaped teaspoonful of beef mixture and form it into a ball around each cube of cheese.
  5. Heat the oil in a large covered pan, add the meat balls to the pan, cover and cook until brown on all sides.
  6. Add the onion to the pan, cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the tomatoes and juice.
  7. Bring up to a simmering point, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  8. Uncover pan and cook for a further 10 minutes to allow the sauce to reduce and thicken slightly.
  9. While the meatballs are cooking, cook the spaghetti in boiling water until done to your preference.
  10. Drain well and divide among 4 warmed plates.
  11. Divide the sauce among the plates of spaghetti and then sprinkle with the remaining parsley.

Reviews

(2)
Most Helpful

I really enjoyed this, thanks. It was easy but tasty. I might make a big batch to freeze.

Bren10 March 12, 2002

This was very good! I thought the hamburger mixture was a little bit mealy, but that is probably because I used store bought breadcrumbs instead of fresh. Thanks for the recipe!

ChipotleChick November 19, 2002

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