Baked Italian Spaghetti and Meatball Recipe

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Baked Italian Spaghetti and Meatball Recipe
This Italian Spaghetti and Meatball Recipe is a little bit of work and takes some time, but it was well worth it. My Family just loved it. I think we have Spaghetti at my House for dinner at least once a week. This recipe is just great. Because there is a lot of baking it takes a little more time. You will love it!
Baked Italian Spaghetti and Meatball Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for Meatballs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 Large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 large egg, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic or Garlic Powder to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • Ingredients for Spaghetti Casserole
  • 1 (16 ounce) package thin spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 (28 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce (or use your own favorite sauce)
  • parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Directions for Meatballs
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Baked Italian Spaghetti and Meatball Recipe meatball mix Baked Italian Spaghetti and Meatball Recipe meatballs
  4. Shape into small to medium size meatballs, place them on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes or until fully cooked.
  6. While the Meatballs are baking prepare the Spaghetti Casserole Dish
  7. Boil the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling water until just al dente; drain then place into a large bowl.
  8. Baked Italian Spaghetti and Meatball Recipe boiling spaghetti Baked Italian Spaghetti and Meatball Recipe cooked spaghetti
  9. Toss the spaghetti with 3 tablespoons oil; cool slightly, then add in eggs, 1-1/2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; using clean hands toss until thoroughly combined (you can use a spoon but hands are better!
  10. Place the spaghetti into prepared baking dish, then press down slightly with hands.
  11. Scatter the cooked meatballs over the spaghetti.
  12. Baked Italian Spaghetti and Meatball Recipe sauce mix spaghetti with meatballs casserole
  13. Top with spaghetti sauce over the top making certain to cover the pasta completely.
  14. Cover with foil and bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  15. Remove from oven then sprinkle about 1-1/2 cups Mozzarella Cheese (or amount desired) over the top, then return to oven uncovered for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  16. Enjoy

Simple Italian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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This simple spaghetti sauce recipe is bursting with flavor; because of the cooking time the flavors blend in perfectly.

The secret to this recipe is the cooking time – allow about 90 minutes for the sauce to cook down and the flavors to blend.
The mushrooms are optional. Personally I love them. I hope you enjoy.

Simple Italian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt (, or to taste)
  • ground pepper
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced and sautéed in butter (optional)
  • parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional)
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef, onion and garlic in olive oil with the bay leaves.
  2. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes into the browned burger.
  3. Mix in the rest of the seasonings and simmer over medium heat for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  4. Sautee the mushrooms separately in butter.
  5. Serve the sauce on top of cooked spaghetti. Top with sautéed mushrooms and Parmesan cheese.