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: 19 reviews, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5
Our goto when we want a tasty spaghetti meal.
Posted by Gavin 2019-08-31 17:56:17
These are DELICIOUS ! Super easy to make and a huge hit with all the family !
Posted by Mamma Mia 2019-08-05 15:00:54
These are definitely the best spaghetti meatballs ever
Posted by Chantel 2019-08-04 23:06:15
I cooked the food as per recipe,then realized that the recipe do not call for salt in the meatball mix. The sauce was really good, but the meat tasted somewhat balnd when eaten. Thank you for the lovely recipe.
Posted by Edward 2019-07-30 19:55:52
My family all LOVE this recipe!!
Posted by Lee Barton 2019-07-16 18:21:12
Best meatballs I’ve ever cooked. I add a stab spoon of grated Parmesan to the meatballs. Nice with pene too.
Posted by Pauline 2019-06-05 12:02:34
Really tasty recipe, 10/10 would eat again
Posted by Corey 2019-05-20 19:33:40
This recipe is DELICIOUS!
I added a bit of spice to mine
Posted by lena 2019-03-21 22:54:41
Brilliant recipe. Love it, use lamb for preference and am addicted to it.
Posted by Christine Mortimer 2019-03-09 01:16:32
Delicious and easy to make at the end of a busy day!
Posted by Tracy 2019-01-04 18:50:10
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