I have been CRAVING spaghetti and meatballs lately – not the spaghetti and meatballs that you get in a restaurant but my mom’s spaghetti and meatballs. Basically, the best spaghetti and meatballs EVAH!
My mom is one hell of a cook. A lot of my classic recipes on here are ones that I grew up with and come straight from her, usually by way of a phone call requesting her to sit down and read me the ENTIRE recipe, often repeating lines and ingredients, while I jot it down.
I was pretty spoiled having the mom I did growing up. My parents owned a business together and my mom did all the accounting from home so that meant we always had a homemade dinner on the dinner table at 6pm sharp. Very rarely did my mom heat something up, we seriously thought TV dinners were a special occasion. For your birthday you always got whatever your favorite meal was for dinner – mine was almost always chicken enchiladas (I usually asked for them for breakfast the next day too!).
Oh and breakfast, my mom killed that one too. We had to be at school at 8am and had a 20 minute drive to school (we lived in the mountains of Colorado) but we still had a hot breakfast most every morning. Whether it was muffins, breakfast burritos, omelets… we never went to school without a killer breakfast. Occasionally we would do cereal or a toaster strudel, but that was rare.
Now, my mom’s baked goods are a whole different story. I seriously don’t know where my love of baking came from, I’ve had it for as long as I remember, but it wasn’t from watching my mom bake. She’s famous for her hockey puck cookies that are flatter than the cookie sheet they were baked on. Although she makes the best damn pie crust, but that’s it.
Her meatball recipe is incredibly simple, they always seem to come out perfect, and have tons of flavor. The marinara recipe is mine that I use for everything, I just love it so much. And I used bucatini pasta as my noodles because they have those fabulous little holes down the middle, perfect for getting all that delicious marinara everywhere. Seriously, this is the best spaghetti and meatballs you’ll have. EVAH!
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 pound spicy Italian sausage*
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1 pound bucatini noodles, cooked according to package
- marinara sauce
- grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
- In a large bowl, combine ground beef, Italian sausage, egg, parsley and breadcrumbs.
- With your hands, mix all the ingredients together, making sure that everything is combined well and all ingredients are evenly distributed throughout.
- Form mixture into meatballs. I used a ¼ cup measuring cup and formed 14 meatballs, rolling them into balls.
- In a large skillet, over medium heat, place meatballs. Cook, turning occasionally until the meatballs have browned on all sides.
- Reduce heat to medium low and cover skillet. Let cook 10-15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked throughout. The best way to tell is to cut one in half and make sure the middles are not pink.
- While meatballs are cooking, prepare noodles.
- To serve, add marinara to spaghetti noodles and toss to combine. Top with meatballs and grated Parmesan cheese.