Learn how to make these yummy, quick and easy meatballs (serves 4) to go with your favorite pasta and Italian sauce, using only one pound of ground beef!Learn how to make these yummy, quick and easy meatballs (serves 4) to go with your favorite pasta and Italian sauce, using only one pound of ground beef!
I typically use Italian sausage links when I prepare spaghetti and sauce, but we also really enjoy our pasta with a fire roasted garlic marinara sauce and these easy meatballs, too!

Sometimes we just want spaghetti and meatballs- they really hit the spot! It’s completely easy to make 10-12 delicious Italian-seasoned meatballs using only one pound of hamburger meat and a few other readily available ingredients.

I’ve been making these easy meatballs for spaghetti this way for many, many years, and enjoy the minimal prep time involved!  You can even make a double batch of the meatballs and freeze them to use for another meal, which can save you precious time!  Here’s how easy it is to prepare them:

Prepare The Meatballs

In medium sized bowl, combine ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, diced onion, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well, to combine ingredients.

Ground beef is mixed with Parmesan cheese, spices and onions.
Using your (clean) hands, grab a portion of the meat mixture and form it into a ball, rolling it between your hands.  The ones I made were about 2 inches wide, so I was able to get 10 fairly good-sized easy meatballs out of one pound of meat.

If you make ’em just a tad smaller, you should be able to make 12 or more meatballs. Set the meatballs (once formed) onto a plate or wax paper.

Form the ground beef mixture into small balls before cooking.

Brown The Meatballs For Spaghetti

Heat 1 Tablespoon oil (vegetable or olive) in a large non-stick skillet on medium heat until oil and skillet are hot (but not smoking).  Add the meatballs carefully to the skillet. They should sizzle as they hit the hot oil.  Cook the meatballs until browned on the bottom, then carefully turn them over.

Continue to cook the meatballs until all sides are brown. They do NOT have to be completely cooked through – they will finish cooking in the sauce later. When done, transter the meatballs to paper towels to absorb the grease.

Browning easy meatballs in skillet.The meat is browned on all sides in skillet.
In a separate large saucepan, heat up spaghetti sauce (whatever kind of sauce you have on hand, whether it’s homemade or a purchased jar, just make sure you have enough sauce for 4 servings)!  Heat the sauce on medium-low.

Carefully add the meatballs to the sauce. Spoon sauce over the top of each meatball. Let the meatballs and sauce continue to cook (uncovered) on medium-low for about 25-30 minutes, occasionally spooning sauce over them as they cook.

Meatballs are placed in spaghetti sauce to finish cooking.Meatballs are covered with spaghetti sauce in pan to finish cooking.

When meatballs are about halfway through cooking time, cook spaghetti noodles in separate pan, according to package directions. Drain pasta.  When they are done (and pasta is finished cooking), remove meatballs from spaghetti sauce (keep warm).

Mix cooked, drained noodles with the hot spaghetti sauce.  Serve the pasta onto individual plates or into bowls. Spoon any leftover sauce onto pasta.  Top each serving with a few of these easy meatballs.  BOOM! Garnish with some finely grated Parmesan cheese, and serve!

Easy meatballs for spaghetti are served in white bowl, and are ready to eat.

This really is an economical and delicious classic meal, in which you can end up with 4 healthy sized portions using only one pound of ground beef!  Our oldest son popped in for a visit the day after I made this meal, and he enjoyed a big plate of leftover spaghetti and meatballs for lunch!  Yay for leftovers!

Hope you’ll give these easy meatballs a try!

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Easy Meatballs for Spaghetti
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Learn how to make these yummy, quick and easy meatballs (serves 4) to go with your favorite pasta and Italian sauce, using only one pound of ground beef!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: meatballs
Servings: 4 (3 meatballs per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 382 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Spaghetti noodles (enough for 4 servings)
  • Prepared Spaghetti Sauce (enough for 4 servings)
  • Additional finely grated Parmesan cheese , for garnish
Instructions
  1. In medium sized bowl, combine ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, diced onion, and finely grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well to combine ingredients.
  2. Using clean hands, grab a portion of the meat mixture and form it into a ball, rolling it between your hands. You should be able to make 12 or more small meatballs. Set meatballs (once formed) onto a plate or wax paper.

  3. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil (vegetable or olive) in a large non-stick skillet. Heat on medium until oil and skillet are hot (but not smoking). Add meatballs. They should sizzle as they hit skillet. Cook until brown on bottom, then carefully turn over. Continue to cook until all sides are brown (meatballs do NOT have to be completely cooked through - they will finish cooking in sauce later). Transfer to paper towels to drain.

  4. In a separate large saucepan, heat up spaghetti sauce (enough sauce for 4 servings) on medium-low. Carefully add meatballs to sauce. Spoon sauce over the top of each meatball. Let meatballs and sauce continue to cook on medium-low for about 30 minutes, occasionally spooning more sauce over the meatballs as they cook.

  5. When meatballs are halfway through cooking time, cook spaghetti noodles in separate pan, according to package directions. Drain. When done, remove meatballs from spaghetti sauce (keep warm). Mix cooked, drained noodles with the hot spaghetti sauce. Serve up the pasta onto individual plates or into bowls. Spoon any leftover sauce onto pasta. Top each serving with 3 meatballs. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese, and serve!

Recipe Notes

*Caloric calculation is for meatballs only (3 per serving). 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Meatballs for Spaghetti
Amount Per Serving (3 meatballs)
Calories 382 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 558mg24%
Potassium 351mg10%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 164mg16%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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