Pan-Fried Meatballs and Spaghetti


Spaghetti and meatballs is such a classic and easy meal, but sometimes we just don’t have the time to wait the 50 minutes it would take to bake them in the oven. So, why not make your meatballs like you would make a burger? Cook it in a frying pan with some oil for 4 minutes a side, and bam! You’ve got yourself and your family a delicious and easy topping for your spaghetti. Most spaghetti takes 6-10 minutes to cook, which give you plenty of time to make these meat balls. I liked the recipe that I used below, but feel free to use your own meatball recipe with this pan-frying method. This dinner was made with just under 1 lb of meat, so by following the directions, you should get about 11-12 meatballs. The recipe below made 4-5 adult sized portions.


What You Will Need

  • 1 lb Ground Beef/Venison
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp A1
  • 5 Tbsp Oil
  • 12 Oz Spaghetti
  • 1 Jar Pasta Sauce
  • Medium Mixing Bowl
  • Large Frying Pan
  • 2 Medium to Large Sauce Pans
  • A Colander


1. In the mixing bowl, add meat, egg, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, and A1. Mix by hand until combined. Roll out about 3 Tbsp into a ball and add to the frying pan. Once done, add the oil to the frying pan and place over medium heat. Cook meatballs 4 minutes on each side.

2. Cook Pasta as directed, then strain. Add sauce to second saucepan and place over medium heat until beginning to simmer. Add the meatballs once they are done and coat in sauce. Plate noodles, then top with sauce, meatballs, and grated Parmesan.


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