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Quick and Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

In this quick and easy version, meatballs are cooked by simmering in marinara sauce on the stovetop. With authentic Italian flavors, this is a simple yet elegant, no-fuss meal!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 449kcal
Author: Elizabeth Lindemann


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (1 jar)
  • 16 oz. spaghetti
  • Fresh chopped parsley and extra parmesan for serving optional


  • Pour marinara sauce into a deep skillet or pot.
  • Combine first seven ingredients in a medium bowl with hands. Form into balls no bigger than 1-inch in diameter and add the meatballs to the marinara sauce.
  • Heat marinara sauce and meatballs over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked (adjust to medium-low heat for a strong stovetop burner)
  • Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to directions.
  • Serve meatballs and sauce over cooked spaghetti and top with parsley and parmesan.


  • The provided nutrition information does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using this calculator or by adding the recipe to Yummly.


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 689mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 506IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3mg