ground beef meatballs and spaghetti on a white plate

The Ultimate Comforting {and EASY} Spaghetti & Meatball Recipe

  • Author: Snug and Cozy LIfe
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Comfort Food
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian


This homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is such an easy way to feed your family one of the most classic dinners of all time!  The all-ground beef meatballs are baked (no frying!) and then quickly simmered in your favorite jarred tomato sauce.



  • 6 oz (half a box) of spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (I like to use 90/10)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 23 cups of pasta sauce (Use more or less, depending on how “saucy”  you like your spaghetti and meatballs.)


Step One

  • Begin by preheating the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Next, mist a baking sheet with olive oil (using a Misto) or nonstick cooking spray.

Step Two

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, and oregano.  Mix with your hands until well combined and shape into 16 meatballs (about 1 ½ inches in diameter each). 

Step Three

  • Next, place the meatballs on your baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.  While not totally necessary (meaning, I’ve forgotten to do this, and they turn out just fine), I like to take the meatballs out of the oven after about 6 minutes and flip them, so they brown evenly.
  • While the meatballs are baking, boil your water and cook the spaghetti noodles according to the package directions.

Step Four

  • Place the spaghetti sauce in a large pot and, when the meatballs are done baking, add them to the pan.  Heat the sauce and meatballs over medium heat for 5-10 minutes. 
  • (You’ll know it’s done when the sauce is heated, and the meatballs begin to absorb some of the sauce.  For good measure, I always like to stick my digital thermometer into the middle of a meatball to make sure it’s at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit because, well, salmonella freaks me out a bit.)
  • To serve, place the spaghetti noodles on your plate and top with the meatballs and sauce.

Keywords: Quick and Easy Classic Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs, Baked, Ground Beef, Homemade, Dinner Idea