The classic dish of spaghetti and meatballs has been around for centuries, and its origin story is just as rich as the flavors of the dish itself. While the exact origin of the dish is unknown, its earliest written mention dates back to a Neapolitan cookbook from the late 1800s. The dish is thought to have been created as a way to bring together ingredients that were readily available and affordable.
Start With Meatballs
Making the perfect meatball is no easy task, but with a few simple tricks you can have delicious, juicy meatballs every time. Start with the right ingredients: ground beef or pork, bread crumbs, egg, minced onion, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and form into balls. Make sure you don’t over-mix the ingredients, or your meatballs will be tough. Bake your meatballs in the oven at 375°F for about 20 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F.
Putting It Together
This classic dish is sure to please the whole family. To make spaghetti and meatballs at home, you’ll need the following ingredients: spaghetti, meatballs (see above recipe), tomato sauce, garlic, onions, and parsley.
You’ll need a large pot, a skillet, and a baking sheet. Start by preheating the oven to 375°F and baking the meatballs according to the recipe above.
In a large pot, bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.
In a skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a simmer.
Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the cooked spaghetti to the sauce and toss to coat. Serve with fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese for garnish.
Optional Ways to Add Some Spice:
For a spicy version of this classic dish, try adding some crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce. You can also add diced jalapenos or chopped chili peppers to the sauce to give it some extra kick.
Additional Optional Garnishes:
To add extra flavor and texture to the dish, try adding some chopped fresh basil or oregano to the tomato sauce. You can also top the dish with some freshly grated mozzarella or Parmesan cheese.