Spaghetti & Meat Balls with Homemade Marinara Sauce

My homemade marinara sauce is one of my most popular recipes.  I am always looking for recipes  into which I can incorporate it. This time I decided to make homemade meatballs and used the mushroom marinara variation.

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Homemade marinara sauce

Printable Recipe:  Spaghetti & Meatballs with Homemade Marinara Sauce

Who doesn’t like a big old dose of comfort food once in a while.  Spaghetti recipes are one of my favorite when I get into a mood like this.

You can use a store bought sauce, but my recipes are so easy and use roasted tomatoes.  There is no substitute for the taste of them.  Why not try one today?

IngredientsThe meatball recipe calls for fresh herbs, garlic, onion, Panko bread crumbs, eggs, soy sauce and Parmesan cheese. onion, garlic and spicesChop the onions and dice the garlic.  Finely chop the fresh herbs.  I used rosemary, thyme, basil and oregano. You can use dried but fresh give more flavor.  If you use dried, use 1/3 the amount called for.Ground beef mixtureMix the chopped onion, garlic, spices, eggs, soy sauce, Parmesan and bread crumbs thoroughly together in a bowl.divide for meatballsI divided the mixture in half, then in half again and again and again to end up with 16 pieces of mix for meatballs.  Shape them into round balls and place on a baking sheet that is sprayed with Pam cooking spray.

Cooked meatballs

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 to 20 minutes until the meatballs are browned.

Fresh Marinara saucePlace the mushroom marinara sauce in a skillet and simmer gently.

meatballs in sauce

Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and continue simmering while you cook  the pasta.

water and chicken stock for pastsCombine water and 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Cook the pasta until al dente. I used linguine today because I had no spaghetti on hand.

cooked linguineDrain the pasta.  Layer it with the cooked meat balls and marinara sauce.Spaghetti and Meatballs with Homemade marinara sauceAdd a tossed salad and garlic bread and you have a wonderful and easy week night meal that will delight the most discerning appetites.

Yield: 6

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Home Made Marinara Sauce

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Home Made Marinara Sauce

A homemade spaghetti sauce with freshly roasted tomatoes gives this spaghetti and meatballs dish a nice step up.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 12 oz of spaghetti (I didn't have spaghetti this time so I used whole wheat linguine instead)
  • water
  • 1/2 cup of chicken stock
  • 1 pound ground beef (I used grass fed beef from Whole Foods)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced and divided
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 28 ounces of home made marinara sauce (see link to the recipe above)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (I used oregano, rosemary, basil and thyme)
  • Extra Parmesan cheese for the top.


  1. Combine ground beef, eggs, panko, soy sauce, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, spices, onions and 3 cloves of garlic in large bowl until well mixed.
  2. Shape into 1 1/2-inch sized meatballs.
  3. Bake the meatballs at 350°F on a Pam sprayed cookie sheet for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat deep skillet, add the home made marinara sauce and heat through. Place the cooked meatballs into the sauce and simmer for at least 20 minutes.
  4. While the sauce is simmering, cook spaghetti according to package directions in the water and chicken stock, rinse and drain.
  5. Serve the spaghetti with the sauce on top. Sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese and add a tossed salad and garlic bread.
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 735Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 1289mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 9gSugar: 11gProtein: 45g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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