Spaghetti and Meatballs


This Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe brings together tender chicken meatballs, fragrant basil, and rich marinara sauce, all lovingly embraced by a tangle of perfectly cooked spaghetti.

Easy homemade spaghetti and meatballs recipe for a crowd

Why I Love This Recipe

This Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs is my top pick because it’s like a warm hug for your taste buds.

These tender chicken meatballs with a hint of fresh basil, and a marinara sauce that’s so tasty you’ll crave it.

Plus, it’s a healthier twist on a classic. It reminds me of cozy family dinners.

Whether it’s a hectic weekday or a relaxed weekend, this recipe is pure comfort and flavor, like a culinary cuddle in a bowl.

Easy homemade spaghetti and meatballs recipe for a crowd

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

 ▪️ A Taste Explosion: These chicken meatballs with spaghetti and marinara sauce are a flavor explosion in every bite.

▪️ Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: If you’re looking for a healthy protein option, these chicken meatballs are a winner.

▪️ Fancy Date Night Vibes: Planning a fancy date night? This dish will impress your special someone like a culinary secret weapon.

▪️ Sauce-Splosion: The marinara sauce isn’t your ordinary sauce; it’s a harmonious blend of tomatoes, garlic, and herbs.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Easy homemade spaghetti and meatballs recipe for a crowd


For Chicken Meatballs:

▪️ 1 pound of ground chicken (or turkey): The star ingredient, lean and protein-packed for healthier and tastier meatballs.

▪️ 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs (preferably Panko): Tiny bread pieces that hold the meatballs together, making them tender.

▪️ 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese: Adds a rich, cheesy flavor to make the meatballs delightful.

▪️ 1/4 cup of milk: Keeps the meatballs moist and juicy, ensuring every bite is yummy.

▪️ 1 egg: Acts like glue, keeping the meatballs in shape and giving them a smooth texture.

▪️ 2 cloves of minced garlic: Adds a magical touch of irresistible flavor.

▪️ 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh basil: Brings a fresh, herby aroma to elevate the taste.

▪️ Salt and pepper to taste: Kitchen superheroes that enhance all the other flavors.

Easy homemade spaghetti and meatballs recipe for a crowd

For Pasta:

▪️ 8 ounces of spaghetti: The long, thin noodles we’ll twirl around our meatballs, the heart of our pasta dish.

▪️ Salt for pasta water: Just a pinch to make the pasta taste good all the way through.

For Marinara Sauce:

▪️ 1 can (28 ounces) of crushed tomatoes: Squished fresh tomatoes in a can, forming the base of our yummy sauce.

▪️ 2 tablespoons of olive oil: Adds a smooth, rich texture and enhances flavors.

▪️ 1 small onion, finely chopped: Gives a sweet and savory taste, balancing the sauce.

▪️ 3 cloves of minced garlic: More garlic means more flavor, making our sauce super tasty.

▪️ 1 teaspoon of dried oregano: A fragrant herb for a cozy, homey feel.

▪️ 1 teaspoon of dried basil: Adds herby charm to our sauce.

▪️ Salt and pepper to taste: Trusted flavor enhancers to make the sauce pop.

For Assembly:

▪️ Fresh basil leaves for garnish: Pretty leaves that make our dish look like art and add an extra burst of basil aroma.

▪️ Grated Parmesan cheese for topping: A sprinkle for an even better taste, a finishing touch of deliciousness.

Easy homemade spaghetti and meatballs recipe for a crowd

Making Of Spaghetti and Meatballs

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Step 2: In a bowl, mix together 1 pound of ground chicken, 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 egg, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh basil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Step 3: Shape this mixture into meatballs, making them about 1.5 inches in size, and place them on a baking sheet.

Step 4: Bake the meatballs for 20-25 minutes until they’re fully cooked and have a nice golden color.

Step 5: In a large pot, fill it with water, add a pinch of salt, and bring it to a boil.

Step 6: Add 8 ounces of spaghetti to the boiling water and cook until it’s slightly chewy, which is what we call “al dente.” This usually takes about 8-10 minutes. Then, drain the water.

Easy homemade spaghetti and meatballs recipe for a crowd

Step 7: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add 1 small finely chopped onion and cook until it becomes soft and slightly golden.

Step 8: Stir in 3 minced garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, and 1 teaspoon of dried basil. Cook this mixture for about 1 minute to release its wonderful aroma.

Step 9: Pour in 1 can (28 ounces) of crushed tomatoes. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and pepper. Let everything simmer together for 15-20 minutes to let the flavors meld and become delicious.

Step 10: Add the baked chicken meatballs to the marinara sauce in the pan. Gently mix them so they’re nicely coated in the sauce.

Step 11: Serve your cooked spaghetti on a plate, making sure to place some of those tasty meatballs on top.

Step 12: For that extra special touch, garnish with fresh basil leaves and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy your homemade chicken meatball spaghetti!

Easy homemade spaghetti and meatballs recipe for a crowd

Tips and Techniques

▪️ When you’re making meatballs, don’t stir the ingredients too much; it can make them tough.

▪️ To shape meatballs easily, use a scooper or wet your hands to prevent the meat from sticking.

▪️ When cooking sauce, wait until the onions turn see-through (translucent), and don’t rush the simmer time for the best flavor.

Serving Size

This recipe makes enough to fill the plates of 4 hungry folks, or 6 if you’re adding something like a salad or garlic bread on the side.

Easy homemade spaghetti and meatballs recipe for a crowd

Serving Suggestions

▪️ Turn this pasta into a full meal by adding a fresh side salad.

▪️ Elevate your pasta experience with warm garlic bread to soak up all that yummy sauce.

▪️ Don’t waste those leftover meatballs – make mouthwatering meatball subs with crusty rolls and melted mozzarella.

▪️ Get creative and use meatballs and marinara sauce as pizza toppings for a fun twist on a classic!

Easy homemade spaghetti and meatballs recipe for a crowd


▪️ Try ground turkey instead of chicken for a different taste twist.

▪️ Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce for some exciting heat.

▪️ Experiment with different pasta shapes like penne or bowtie for a playful spin.

▪️ Sprinkle some mozzarella or cheddar on top for gooey goodness.

Storage Tips

Don’t let that deliciousness go to waste! If you’ve got any leftovers (which would be a surprise), pop them in an airtight container and slide it into the fridge. They’ll happily chill there for up to 3 days. When you’re ready for round two, warm ’em up gently on the stove or zap ’em in the microwave. Just remember, fresher is tastier!

Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs Pasta


Q. Can I use store-bought meatballs?

Absolutely! While homemade meatballs add a personal touch, store-bought ones can work too.

Q. Can I freeze the sauce?

Certainly! Let the sauce cool completely before transferring it to freezer-safe containers. It can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Q. Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned?

Yes, you can! Blanche and peel fresh tomatoes, then crush them to use in the sauce. It’ll add a wonderful freshness to the dish.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

This Homemade Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs recipe brings together tender chicken meatballs, fragrant basil, and rich marinara sauce, all lovingly embraced by a tangle of perfectly cooked spaghetti.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


For Chicken Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs preferably Panko
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Pasta

  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • Salt for pasta water

For Marinara Sauce

  • 1 can 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Assembly

  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for topping


For Chicken Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Mix ground chicken, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, milk, egg, minced garlic, chopped basil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Shape mixture into meatballs and place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked and golden.

For Pasta

  • Boil salted water in a large pot.
  • Cook spaghetti as per package instructions until al dente.

For Marinara Sauce

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Sauté chopped onion until translucent.
  • Add minced garlic, dried oregano, and dried basil. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour in crushed tomatoes, season with salt and pepper.
  • Simmer sauce for 15-20 minutes.

Bringing It All Together

  • Toss cooked spaghetti in marinara sauce.
  • Plate spaghetti, top with chicken meatballs.
  • Garnish with fresh basil and grated Parmesan.


  • Gently mix the meatball mixture for tender meatballs.
  • Wet hands or use an ice cream scoop to shape meatballs.
  • Don’t hold back on the basil – it brings amazing flavor.


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