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Spaghetti and Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Easy and tasty spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce

Meat, Pasta, Recipes, Valentine's Day, World food | February 14, 2017 | By

Spaghetti and meatballs in Tomato Sauce is an Italian-American creation. A simple combination that was always meant to be. The meatballs are juicy, tender, light, well seasoned and won’t fall apart.

Meatballs can be eaten in a variety of ways, in a sauce, on hot dog bun, on pizza etc. For this dish, the sauce used is my simple and exquisitely delicious Fresh tomato sauce (Marinara sauce). Meatballs add flavour to the Tomato sauce.

Easy and tasty spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce

I used a combination of beef and pork. Beef adds flavour, while pork which is fatty, adds moisture. If you don’t eat pork use only beef. The beef shouldn’t be lean beef if you can help it. 

For recipe on How to make the best meatballs ever click to view my post.

For the recipe for Fresh tomato sauce (Marinara sauce), click to view my post.

For tips on How to cook the perfect spaghetti, click to view my Post.

To prepare Spaghetti and meatballs in Tomato sauce:

12-15 meatballs
Tomato sauce
100g Spaghetti


Already prepared meatballs, raw, fried, broiled or baked.

Place sauce over medium heat and set to boil. Reduce to a simmer.

Fresh tomato sauce for spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce

Add meatballs to sauce and cook undisturbed for 10 minutes or till they float up. 

Stir and continue simmering for 30-35 minutes. Take off the heat.

spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce in a pot

Cook spaghetti till al dente (still have a bite to it) about 10 minutes. 

Drain reserving 2 tablespoons spaghetti water.

To bring everything together:

After draining, put spaghetti back in the pot, add the reserved water and about 1/4 cup of sauce, stir. It prevents the spaghetti from sticking together.

Heap spaghetti onto a plate, spoon sauce and meatballs on top. You can grate some mozzarella cheese over it.

The meatball in tomato sauce is also perfect served with white rice, potatoes, bread, yam, plantain, beans etc.

spaghetti meatballs tomato sauce

Please let me know how much you enjoyed your spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce in the comments below. Follow on Instagram @pretendchefofficial.


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