45 Minute Spaghetti and Meatballs


I started writing this blog post at 11:30 last night.

Semi-typical for me.

Anyways, when I got up to post it this morning, I read it over again {thankfully} and decided to start from scratch because NOTHING MADE SENSE. My run on sentences were of ridiculous proportions and I jumped from topic to topic like crazy. So, I guess I was a little more tired than I thought. Ha!

I’ll work on going to bed at a decent hour. But until then, lets talk about this recipe, shall we?

I haven’t had good Italian food in a while. I typically try to avoid making pasta for dinner, mainly because when I make it, I eat it ALL.

Well, for some reason last week, I was feeling nostalgic for the Italian ancestors I never had and made up a quick version of the classic Spaghetti and Meatballs.

I LOVE this version oh so much! Very little prep needed, very little chopping required, a few shortcuts taken from the store. Ohmygoodgravy, the end result is a slow-cooked, rich sauce that you enjoy over bowlfuls of pasta.


Printable recipe below! Have a great day, friends! 🙂


45 Minute Spaghetti and Meatballs

If you want a comforting meal fast, this 45 Minute Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is for you! Get that slow-cooked flavor by taking some help from the store.

Yield: 4-6 servings

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  • 24 Abruzzese Style Italian Meatballs, {raw}*
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-24 oz. jars marinara sauce**
  • 1-14.5 oz.can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 jar water {about 1 1/2 cups}
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • parmesan cheese & parsley, to garnish {optional}


  1. Bake meatballs according to package directions.
  2. In a large pot, saute onions and mushrooms on medium heat in olive oil. After they become tender, stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Pour in 2 jars of marinara sauce, water and spices. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Add in cooked meatballs and cover.
  4. Cook spaghetti to al dente, then toss with with sauce and meatballs.
  5. *I used two packages of this kind of meatballs. They were new to my grocery store so I gave them a whirl. SO GOOD!! Feel free to use frozen, cooked meatballs.
  6. **I used the Classico brand Tomato Basil Marinara.

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  1. Easy, delicious. Check, check. I’m all about that. I can handle this!

  2. What do you do with the canned diced tomatoes please

    • Add them in with the marinara at the same time.

  3. This is incredibly easy! I would never say no to shortcuts!

  4. Love spaghetti and meatballs! Will have to give this a try 🙂

  5. I also do not like eating pasta for dinner but I think your delicious looking pasta will make me to eat today.