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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  • 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


  • 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




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.


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.
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Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 553g
Energy kJ (kcal) 2671 (638)
Protein (g) 41.3
Fat (g) 25.2
Saturated (g)
Carbohydrate (g) 51.9
Sugars (g)
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: 43 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5
I didn't really like making meatballs until now! This recipe was easy to follow and tasted delicious! Kids are so excited to have 'meatballs and spaghetti' night added to the week's menu!
Posted by Daisy 2018-09-25 18:06:35
Such a great dish! The title does not lie, it really is The Best Spaghetti and Meatballs i’ve ever tried and my partner agreed. I have saved this recipe for next time as I’m definitely cooking this again!
Posted by Katey 2018-08-27 09:57:25
I made this last night, stumbled across it and have to say this is the best recipe I have done. It’s delicious and now my new favourite. Thank you for sharing. 5 stars.
Posted by Kristy 2018-06-01 10:20:35
grand kids loved it
Posted by charlie 2018-05-16 20:24:37
With a dinner group of a very close and honest group of friends & partners this was named " best spaghetti meatball they had ever had" and i would have to agree myself. We attend Italian restaurants often but the meatballs in this were just perfect! Will be cooking again in the near future.
Posted by Winnie 2018-04-05 08:03:22
Made the recipe even followed most of it, had an extra zucchini so I added that to the sauce mix as well cut really fine, we all enjoyed this very muchI
Posted by Andrea Shearer 2018-03-26 00:24:26
I'm making the meatballs and wondering if I can bake them in the oven as I don't have a big enough pan for 1kg mince.
Posted by Eunice 2018-01-28 15:45:48
Love this recipe! The sauce is rich and delicious!
Posted by Karen 2018-01-22 18:25:20
Absolutely beautiful. This recipe is easy and tastes delicious
Posted by Lauma 2017-12-20 20:02:31
Hi Ruth, "Mince" is the same as "Ground Beef". Happy cooking :)
Posted by Ruth 2017-09-26 12:56:37
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