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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Let's learn how to make my favorite family dinner that everyone always loves and devours - spaghetti and meatballs but the Moribyan version! My one secret ingredient will take this to a whole another level.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 6 garlic cloves finely minced, or 1 tablespoon
  • 1 pound 90/10 ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
  • 3 to 4 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan and more to garnish on top
  • 2 tablespoons parsley finely chopped
  • 12 ounces bucatini



  • To a saucepan over medium high heat, heat the olive oil and butter. Then add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add the meat along with the red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, black pepper, and salt. Break it up as it cooks and browns, about 6 to 7 minutes. If using onions, add it in along with the ground beef.
  • Pour in the marinara sauce and mix it all together. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Now add the splash of heavy cream along with the parmesan and parsley. Mix everything and taste. Adjust any seasoning to your liking.


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil about 15 minutes before the sauce is done. Salt the water and bring to a boil again.
  • Add the pasta and cook according to package directions to al dente or a minute past al dente depending how you like it. Make sure to stir frequently so the noodles don't stick together.
  • Once done, save some of the pasta water and transfer the noodles to the sauce with a little bit of pasta water (1/4 to 1/2 cup). Mix it all together.
  • Add more parmesan on top and some fresh basil or parsley and enjoy!
Keyword easy dinner, pasta, spaghetti
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