The Best Spaghetti & Meatballs
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The Best Spaghetti & Meatballs

(69 ratings - rate this recipe)
<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: 69 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5
Great recipe I've made it twice now. I used venison mince the first time and beef mince the second both were delicious
Posted by Esther 2020-07-04 14:54:43
very nice
Posted by Andrew 2020-06-06 21:59:16
Meatballs had very little structure, would have been better with 2 eggs to hold it together. Otherwise fine.
Posted by Justin 2020-06-03 18:14:25
I thought the sauce was too sweet - more like a bbq sauce so throw it away and made my own version
Posted by Steph 2020-05-24 06:18:08
Thank you so much for this yummy recipe which I have used for the first time tonight, both husband and I think it's the best meatballs meal I have cooked x Vicky
Posted by Vicky 2020-05-19 20:28:52
Best meatballs I have ever had. Totally recommend.
Posted by Melanie 2020-05-06 14:09:50
The best my family and I have tasted
Posted by Nthanda 2020-05-02 19:50:12
The best my family and I have tasted
Posted by Nthanda 2020-05-02 19:50:11
The best my family and I have tasted
Posted by Nthanda 2020-05-02 19:50:11
Yep, plates licked clean here too even though i had to make a few ingredient adjustments with what i had available. Yum. Have already had requests to make it again.
Posted by Debsparkles 2020-04-28 19:13:10
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