Friday, October 12, 2012

Spaghetti and Meatballs

These wonderfully tender meatballs happen to have ricotta cheese as an ingredient.  The recipe makes  about  24 large  meatballs.  I prefer to bake the meatballs.  You can use some over pasta and still have meatballs leftover for  several subs.   Getting two meals out of one recipe is always a plus!!


Baking for me is less messy than frying!!

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. Italian sausage
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 t. Italian seasoning
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk
pinch of crushed red pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients together/  Do not over mix because it will cause meatballs to be tough.  Form the meat mixture into balls.  Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.  Spray the foil  with non-stick spray.  Place the meatballs on the sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Makes 24 large meatballs

Marinara Sauce

2 T. olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
pinch of crushed red pepper
2 T. tomato paste
2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
Italian seasoning to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven.  Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds.  Add the crushed red pepper and tomato paste.  Add the crushed tomatoes, and the seasonings.  Stir to blend.  Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer.  Add the meatballs.  Cover the dutch oven and keep at a simmer for about an hour, or put the covered dutch oven in a 200-220 degree oven and cook several hours.  You can also put all this in your slow cooker.

Serve over pasta.

Buono Appetito!

I am sharing with:

Mix It Up Monday
On the Menu Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday
Cowgirl Up
Full Plate Thursday
Foodie Friday
Potpourri Friday
Weekend Potluck
Seasonal Sundays


  1. Sounds like comfort food to me! No doubt this was a big hit, time to start loading up on carbs... it's going down to 35 tonight. Happy Weekend Kitty:@)

  2. I have been wanting spaghetti and meatballs for awhile now. I am going to make your recipe, thank you! :)

  3. What a fabulous idea! Though I married an Italian who had his paternal Grandfather and Great Uncle in the deli business - and I was a vegetarian from 1975 till hubs insists on making the meatballs around here and uses 6 kinds of meat and that is the way it is around know, secret family recipe and all secret and takes all day and stuff?

    I would tell ya the recipe but then I'd hafta kill ya. Or so I am told with a silly grin on his face, so I say like that to you too for laughs.

    Have a wonderful weekend, big hugs.

  4. I love spaghetty and meatballs. I will try yours for dinner tomorrow night and I will let you know. Thanks for the recipe dear Kitty and so much for your sweet visit! Glad you didn't see this table before! Big hugs,

  5. Hi lovely lady.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape for Autumn. Your meatballs look so yummy, this one I will copy and past.. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  6. I'm always looking for a good meatball recipe. Mine always turn out so tough. These look SO good Kitty. And I've loved all your other fabulous recipes so I'm going to give them a try. N.

  7. This is a recipe I would like to try, it sounds very good, and I do like the idea of getting an extra meal!

  8. I like to bake meatballs too. This sounds usual!


  9. What a fantastic idea to add ricotta to the meatballs--I am going to have to try this!

  10. Hi Kitty,
    I am drooling for one of those meatballs! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. Kitty, here I am again...searching your recipes. I have mentioned, haven't I , that everything I make using one of your recipes always taste great...ok, I am having my Bunco ladies over next Wed. for playing and lunch. I am thinking of spaghetti, a knockout green salad, hot garlic this sauce recipe what you use for your spaghetti? I have never made my own...always relying on Prago or Ragu. :)
    I thought it might be nice to make my own spaghetti sauce, if it's not too complicated. :)


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