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Spaghetti Meatball Bake

When we gather for Sunday dinner, we crave pasta. I had a hankering for meatballs, too, so I developed a meaty spaghetti casserole. —Kim Forni, Laconia, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs, divided
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked spaghetti (3 ounces uncooked), coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 jars (24 ounces each) meatless pasta sauce
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place 1 cup bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. In a large bowl, combine eggs, chopped spaghetti, garlic, seasonings and remaining bread crumbs. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  • Roll meatballs in bread crumbs; place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • In a large saucepan, combine pasta sauce, onion, garlic and seasonings; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Pour over meatballs; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until cheese is lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
4 meatballs with 1/2 cup sauce: 390 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 1074mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • maball
    Jul 28, 2019

    The meatballs were not great. I did not think these worth making again.

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Dec 9, 2016

    These meatballs are delicious! I made a mistake following the recipe and threw the bread crumbs in with everything else for the meatball mixture. I think they still turned out good. I also like the taste of the sauce from the spice mixture.

  • Nan Mock
    Sep 20, 2016

    We loved this recipe! Having the pasta baked inside the meatballs was a neat twist, and the dinner was so tasty and filling.

  • redhen1970
    Aug 24, 2016

    Thank you all for your reviews!!

  • KristineChayes
    Nov 29, 2015

    These meatballs were very tasty, and including the chopped, cooked spaghetti in them was an interesting recipe twist. The only changes I made were to use my own pasta sauce and I used whole milk mozzarella cheese. Coating them in bread crumbs before baking added a nice crust. Very good recipe!

  • Angel182009
    Oct 8, 2015

    The best meatbAlls I've had!! I did serve these over spaghetti instead of putting the spaghetti it the meatball mixture. I only did this bc of how many meatballs it made. I served this when I had company over and it was a huge hit.

  • curlylis85
    Sep 21, 2015

    My kids thought this was really fun. I really liked the breadcrumb crust on the outside! I made a half recipe with 12 larger meatballs and it fit perfectly in a 9 x 9 square pan.

  • toolbarsco
    Sep 15, 2015

    Great recipe but I thought it took quite a bit of time to prepare. I agree with everyone else's comments--I had the same experience. My kids are grown up but I would make this again to serve to little kids who might ask "How did the spaghetti get in the meatballs!!??"

    Sep 13, 2015

    I love this idea! I thought about cutting the recipe in half but decided it would make a great freezer meal. The bread crumbs on the outside give the meatballs a nice crust without them getting dried out and the flavor is right on target. I'm going to bring this to our Italian Night pot luck.

  • pusspuss01
    Sep 11, 2015

    Awesome recipe. Might take time and be a bit of a pain, but well worth the effort. I have shared this recipe with all my friends and they love it too. My husband really doesn't care for meatballs, but this has changed his mind. I cooked the spaghetti broken up, but then placed in 2 c. measuring cup and cut up further with my kitchen scissors.