The Best Spaghetti & Meatballs
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The Best Spaghetti & Meatballs

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<b>Prep:</b> 30 mins Prep: 30 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 10 mins Cook: 10 mins
Serves 4-5 Serves 4-5
Excellent source of iron Excellent source of iron
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Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 500g Quality Mark beef mince
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Sauce

  • ¾ cup red wine (or use stock)
  • 1½ cups Campbell’s Real Stock – Beef
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes in juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

To Serve

  • Cooked spaghetti
  • Fresh basil
  • Grated cheese

Method

Meatballs

Add the mince to a large bowl with the breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, egg, herbs, tomato
paste, olive oil and season. Mix gently to combine using clean hands. Shape the mixture into balls slightly bigger than a golf ball. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes to set.

Heat a little oil over a medium-high heat in a large frying pan and brown the meatballs all over (do this in batches). Once browned, remove carefully with tongs and set aside on a plate.
 

Sauce

Drain any oil from the pan and return it over a high heat. Add the wine (or stock) and let it bubble for 30 seconds, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon to incorporate all those crunchy caramelised meat juices from the meatballs. Add the stock, tomato paste, tomatoes, oregano, balsamic vinegar and sugar. Stir. Add the meatballs back to the pan and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened to a pasta sauce consistency (turn the meatballs over once). Taste and season as required.
 

To serve

Toss the sauce through the just-cooked drained spaghetti in the spaghetti cooking pot. Add to serving bowls and sprinkle with cheese and basil.
  • Suitable Cuts
  • Nutrition
  • Tips & Tricks

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 553g
Energy kJ (kcal) 2671 (638)
Protein (g) 41.3
Fat (g) 25.2
Saturated (g)
9.7
Carbohydrate (g) 51.9
Sugars (g)
10.2
Sodium (mg) 731
Iron (mg) 6.3
Zinc (mg) 6.4
Vitamin B12 (ug) 3.1
Vitamin D (ug) 0.2
Selenium (ug) 18.0

This dish provides an excellent source of selenium, essential for immunity as well as keeping our hair and nails healthy.
  • Browning the meatballs first is important as it adds to the flavour of the dish.
  • Be careful when frying the meatballs as they can fall apart if you’re not gentle. 
  • When you stir the sauce through the pasta, add 2 tablespoons of reserved pasta cooking water at the same time to help the sauce stick to the pasta.
  • Reduce the sodium content of this dish by using reduced salt stock and tomato paste.
  • Kids love mince, and it loves them too – providing a protein boost for growth and iron for busy brains.

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Comments & Reviews

There are: 32 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5
Made on the weekend! YUMMY! Family loved them and we had the leftovers for dinner the following night!
Posted by Shannelle Cooke 2014-08-18 09:20:15
Delish but took awhile to make... But that could be me! Used panko breadcrumbs
Posted by Wendy 2014-10-17 21:12:59
This is a winning meal in my flat every time! So delicious!
Posted by Katie 2014-12-30 17:18:47
Very Yummy
Posted by liz 2015-01-16 20:04:51
Have made these several times - family favourites! Love these, thanks Chelsea Winter
Posted by Tarina 2015-03-23 19:25:42
Easy and very yummy
Posted by Raymond 2015-05-03 11:18:24
Very delicious & easy to make, thank you
Posted by Jax 2015-07-24 00:50:17
Fantastic recipe quick simple to make my family loved it thank you
Posted by Sheena 2015-08-05 19:46:13
Best meatball/spagetti recipe ever. Everyone loved it, and said several times they loved it - without me asking for compliments! Highly recommend this recipe.
I subsituted tomato paste for tomato sauce, and didn't have fresh thyme (so used dried mixed herbs).
Very tasty.
Posted by Mega 2015-11-24 20:20:33
Delicious, best meatballs I have made.
Posted by Jen 2015-11-30 08:26:47
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