Spaghetti and Meatballs

Posted by: on Jun 21, 2009 | 5 Comments

I wanted to post this recipe in honor of Father’s Day.  My father taught me his secrets to making really good meatballs: you have to add Parmesan cheese, don’t over do it with bread crumbs, and always brown the meatballs.  This recipe is somewhat different from the ingredients my dad would use, but I still always use those three tips.

1 pound ground bison or beef
1/2 to 3/4 cup of bread crumbs (I use panko)
1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried oregano
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil (optional)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 egg

Combine the ingredients by hand until the mixture is evenly combined.  I like to make the meatballs with about 2 tablespoons of meat so they are on the small side.  Heat a pan with about a 1/4 inch of olive oil.  Add the meatballs in batches and brown on each side.  They will fully cook when they are added to the sauce.

I like to serve this with a really simple sauce: 3 cloves garlic sauted in olive oil, 1 large cal on crushed tomatoes and 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil.   Add the meatballs to the sauce and heat through and toss with spaghetti.



  1. kat
    June 22, 2009

    Ah, there is something so great about the perfect meatball!

  2. Rosa
    June 23, 2009

    A delicious looking dish! Yummy!



  3. peachkins
    June 24, 2009

    This is one elegant spaghetti with meatballs!yumm!

  4. maris
    June 28, 2009

    I love spaghetti and meatballs – such a perfect, classic Italian meal!

  5. Gary Mccloudy
    November 23, 2010

    Man, my grandmother was from Sicily and she made the most incredible meatballs I ever tasted, like you had died and gone to meatball heaven. Sadly, she didnt leave a single recipe for me so I’ve been trying to work it out by myself… slowly working my through the meatball recipes here, I still cant figure out what her secret ingredient was though!!!

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