There’s nothing I love more than easy meals that don’t use a ton of dishes! Let’s face it, ladies, we take on many roles in our everyday lives as wives, mothers, employees, daughters, sisters, friends, etc., so sometimes we need quick and easy wins in the kitchen. I made this spaghetti and meatballs dish this week and it could not have gotten simpler. On top of that, this quick meal did not compromise on taste – both the hubby and I loved it. You must give it a try! You can use any non-stick pot that you have but I swear by my Our Place Perfect Pot. The Perfect Pot has been such as asset to my kitchen. With this one-pot, I am able to not only boil but also bake, braise, and roast up to 425 degrees. It’s also wonderful to make pasta in because of its drainage holes on the side of the pot. I love how easily I can take this from stove-top to oven. It’s truly a miracle worker. I recently downsized our 6-piece pot and pan set for just this pot and the matching pan. Click on the links to learn more: 1. Always Pan, 2. Perfect Pot.
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Now for the recipe!
One-Pot Meal: Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Fresh meatballs – I used these premade, seasoned meatballs that I found in the Publix meat section
- Spaghetti noodles – I used Barilla Veggie Spaghetti
- Your favorite pasta sauce – about 16 oz
- 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
- 1/2 of a large onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, diced
- 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- Plus 1/2 teaspoon of: basil, thyme, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder
- A dash of cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper
- Parmesan for topping
- Start by boiling your pasta as instructed. I cooked mine for exactly 9 minutes.
- Once your pasta is done, drain and set it to the side.
- Spray your pot with cooking spray or drizzle it with your oil of choice. Turn the temperature to medium and lightly place your meatballs in the pan. Cook the meatballs until browned and cooked through, rotate the meatballs occasionally to ensure they are cooked evenly on each side.
- Once the meatballs are done, place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pour out excess oil from the pot, you may even have to wipe the inside of the pot with a paper towel to remove excess grease.
- Lightly spray your pot with cooking spray (if you have a little oil still in the pot you can use that), add onion and garlic to the pot and cook until softened and lightly browned. Add your noodles back to the pot and pour the tomato sauce and heavy cream over the noodles. Stir well to blend the noodles, onion, garlic and sauce. Add your seasonings and stir once more.
- Lightly place your meatballs back in the pot and spoon sauce over them. Add more sauce if you would like but don’t overdo it. Allow the pot to simmer for about 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with your side of choice, I like the idea of a salad or garlic bread.
Enjoy! This makes about 6 servings.
If you love one-pot meals, check out this Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta.