My take on spaghetti and meatballs


I stumbled across such a cool article this morning about life lessons to be learned from toddlers. For example: things are for using, not looking at; and simple pleasures are beautiful. But my favourite has to be that a mess means you had fun.

If you are up for embracing this last lesson, I would totally recommend tackling this family-friendly spaghetti and meatballs recipe with a kiddo or two. On one of her shows Nigella once said that children’s small hands are perfect for rolling meatballs and that you’re pretty much guaranteed a huge mess in the kitchen. I have to agree with that. Do it, I dare you! 😛

The meatiest meatballs are elevated with cumin and paprika and drenched in a herb-infused tomato sauce. And then the spaghetti … it’s freakin’ awesome.




300 g spaghetti

500 g beef mince

1 onion, grated

1 egg

4 tablespoons breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon basil

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

1 can tomatoes

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon garlic

Handful of fresh sage

Few sprigs of fresh thyme


  1. Use your hands and mix the beef mince, onion, egg, breadcrumbs, basil, cumin, paprika and parmesan.
  2. Roll into little balls and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven of 180 degrees.
  4. To make the sauce, heat a splash of olive oil in a saucepan and crisp up the garlic. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme and sage and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce and simmer over a very low heat.
  6. Cook the spaghetti al dente and drain.
  7. Serve the meatballs and tomato sauce over a good helping of spaghetti and extra parmesan cheese to taste.



2 thoughts on “My take on spaghetti and meatballs

  1. Food is more fun for the kids when they get involved, that’s for sure!! Plus who doesn’t love a big bowl of pasta like this?!

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