October 13, 2010

not your average spaghetti and meatballs

Okay so I love fall. And, I love hearty meals. Anything rich and creamy, yea, I'll take that. So I am sharing with you today my FAVORITE Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe. It comes from Tyler Florence. I have added a few touches, but it's mostly all him. These are the best meatballs I have ever eaten. Enjoy!

What you need:
-Four or five THICK slices of white bread. Remove the crust.
-Enough milk to cover those slices in a bowl. About 1 and a half cups.
-One and a half pounds ground beef
-One and a half pound ground pork
-Salt and Pepper
-Fresh parsley
-Fresh basil
-One onion
-One egg
-One half pound whole motz (cut up)
-1 cup Parm

-One Pound Spaghetti or Linguine
-One jar of Spaghetti Sauce (use something plain, we are going to play with it a bit)

For the sauce:
Take one jar of plain spaghetti sauce. I use Ragu traditional. Add in some fresh chopped garlic, a little onion powder, maybe some dried oregano, a pinch or two of red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and some butter. Simmer on low.

For the meatballs:
Cook the onion, garlic, and parsley together. Cook until you have sweat the onions off and you can see thru them. Keep on a low heat, this will take a little bit of time! Set to the side, and let cool.

In the meantime, soak your break in the milk for about 10 minutes. Take the two meats and combine them together in a bowl. Mix in the egg and half cup of the Parm. Squeeze the milk out of the bread and add the bread to the meat mixture. Also add in your onion mixture. Do not overwork this meat mixture. Just gently fold everything together and form meat into 10 meatballs.

Turn oven to 350.

Add some olive oil to a meduim-large skillet. Gently brown your meatballs on all sides. What you're doing here is getting a nice seal on your meal. Locking in the moisture. Do not cook the meatballs, just brown up the outside.

Place meatballs in an oven proof baking dish and pour half of your sauce all over/around. Smother in Motz and one basil leaf on top of each metball, followed by a small drizzle of olive oil. Place in oven and cook for about 15 minutes.

Cook your pasta! and drain.

Mix with remaining sauce and a handful of cheese! top with meatballs, a little fresh basil and of course, MORE cheese♥


Let me know if you try, I would love to see pictures♥


Shawni Marie


  1. YUM! I'm SOOO trying this...just my own little turkey version. I'm drooling girl!

  2. Ohhhhh my YUM!!!! {mouth is watering} Thanks for sharing!! :)

  3. That looks amazing! I need to try it!

  4. i am totally a spaghetti and meatballs girl!! and i LOVE this twist on it!! :D

  5. i tried to make meatballs this week and completely failed!! they were overcooked and under flavoured. I will be using this recipe next time :) Thanks!

  6. *drool*
    I had spaghetti a few nights ago and it was nowhere near this amazing!
    Thanks for this delicious looking recipe hon!
    P.S. Thanks for your comments on my blog today! I will try to post more like it in the future! :)
    Happy hump day!

  7. okay i really like this. haha it looks soooo perfect for the fall weather and i happen to be a meatball lover myself!

  8. Can I just say- YAY! I'm your 100th follower! Haha, that makes me feel special. :) And... that is delicious. I can kind of smell it from the computer, and I'm salivating. YUMMY.

  9. Ooooh girrrrl! I just ate dinner & you're making me hungry again! :) These look amazing & I can't wait to try them out!! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Yum! Those meatballs look awesome! I don't have an oven here in Argentina (crazy, I know!), but my fiancé has laready bought one in California (where I'm moving), so I'll give this recipe a try =).


  11. I will be making these ASAP!
    Love you, girl!

  12. okay, bad news for checking blogs around lunch time. That looks AH-mazing. Definitely filing that away for later use!


  13. I don't like meatballs but my mouth is watering after reading this!! Hahaha. It looks so good! SO MUCH CHEESE! I love it.

  14. I'm drooling. I'm pretty sure my future husband would marry me on the spot if I made this! ;)