Spaghetti and Savory Meatballs

Spaghetti and Savory Meatballs

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Alice Henneman, MS, RDN

With the addition of a fruit salad or dessert, this recipe provides the basis for a MyPlate meal: Protein, Grain, Vegetable, and Dairy Food Groups.


  • 1 jar (26 to 30 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti, cooked
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine meatball ingredients in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into twelve 2-inch meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan. Bake in 350 degree F oven 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. Combine meatballs and spaghetti sauce in large saucepan; heat through, stirring occasionally. Serve over spaghetti; sprinkle with cheese.

Prep time: 20 minutes / Cook time: 30 minutes / Total recipe time: 50 minutes
Makes 4 servings
Recipe courtesy of The Beef Checkoff

Alice's Notes: 

  1. Try using pasta made with 51 percent or more whole grain flour for added fiber.
  2. To make 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs, start by tearing a slice of bread into approximately 1-inch pieces. Place in a food processor; cover, and push pulse button several times until you have coarse crumbs. Pulse more bread, if needed, to obtain 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs. Use whole grain bread for added fiber.