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Spaghetti and Giant Meatballs

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Spaghetti and Giant Meatballs ~ kids of all ages love this easy pasta dinner idea, proving once and for all that size DOES matter!

Spaghetti and Giant Meatballs ~ kids of all ages love this easy pasta dinner idea, proving once and for all that size DOES matter! #dinner #pasta #meatballs #kids #beef #easy #family

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.  Miniature foods never fail to charm me, but super-sized versions of my favorites…they’re the stuff of dreams. Why not?  Why not top a plate of pasta with one gargantuan soft-ball sized meatball?   Surprise your family, significant other, or just entertain yourself with a fun twist on spaghetti and meatballs.

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I couldn’t finish my gigantic meatball, but it made great leftovers the next day.  And I’ll admit it, I did chop up that second half into bite-sized pieces.  Either way, it was a memorable meal.

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Spaghetti and Meatball


  • 1 lb ground beef or a mix of 1/2 beef and 1/2 pork sausage
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg well beaten
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
  • olive oil for browning
  • a jar of your favorite marinara sauce
  • cooked spaghetti


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Put all the meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Break up the meat and mix everything together with your fingertips, making sure to distribute everything evenly, without compacting the meat too much.
  • Form the mixture into two large meatballs.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet until hot, and brown the meatballs on all sides.
  • To finish cooking the meatballs, I put them in a small oven safe pot and cover with the marinara sauce. Cover loosely with foil and bake for about 30-40 minutes until the meat is cooked through. A thermometer inserted i the center of a meatball should read 160F.
  • Serve over spaghetti, garnished with Parmesan cheese.


When you serve your meatballs, put the pasta on the plate and make a well in the center so the meatball will have somewhere to sit. You don't want your prize meatball to roll off the plate!

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    Bill Hamilton
    August 28, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    4 stars
    I need a giant meatball recipe that is different than the norm. It needs to be a little spicy, perhaps a hot sausage inside, and makes one want to devour it. Perhaps charing on a gas grill first to brown it, idk. It should be restaurant quality and bursting with flavour. I doubt want to stuff with spaghetti rather than make it a piëce-de-résistance on top of pasta. I need unique and yet simple. Can you help me make a spicy meatball yet enjoyable?

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    January 5, 2014 at 4:58 am

    This made me chuckle because I’m thinking about my 8-year old’s reaction should I serve this. He would be surprised…and thrilled! It looks amazing! You’ve captured why we love spaghetti & meatballs.

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    Jenn Every
    January 4, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    You had me at meatball!!!!! It looks incredible! Pinned! 🙂

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    Joanne T Ferguson
    January 3, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    G’day! HOW fun, true!
    Wish I could come through the screen and try it right now too!

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    [email protected]
    January 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Giant – why not!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    January 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    What a fun idea, I love the presentation!

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    Sarah Toasty
    January 3, 2014 at 9:25 am

    How fun! Looks incredible, pinned!