Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Best ever spaghetti recipes

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Check out our rich and creamy carbonara, crowd-pleasing bolognese and fresh vegetarian ideas (Marmite spag, anyone?), you'll never be stuck for spaghetti ideas again


From spaghetti carbonara to spaghetti bolognese and more unusual ideas, our recipes are a pasta lover’s dream. We have a range of inspiring vegetarian pastas (more here) such as our spaghetti with kale, garlic and chilli – super simple and quick, making it perfect for a midweek supper.

Or if time is on your hands, then try our ultimate spaghetti and meatballs, with expert tips from our cookery team to impress family and friends at the weekend. Crossing over cuisines from Italian (try our best Italian recipes here) to Spanish is easier than you might think with spaghetti; use pasta instead of rice in the Valencian speciality, Fideuà a la mariners.



  • Use regular or wholewheat spaghetti for these recipes

Sardine spaghetti

Tinned sardines are a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and essential oils. Let them shine in this quick and easy Sardinian spaghetti dish.

Sardine spaghetti

Cottage cheese alfredo

Make a low-calorie, smooth and creamy pasta sauce in 15 minutes using just cottage cheese, milk, garlic granules and a little cornflour... magic!

Cottage cheese al fredo

Prawn spaghetti with tomato, chilli and basil

20 minutes is all it takes to make this mean midweek pasta dish, flavoured with all the good things: white wine, butter, olive oil and prawns.

Prawn spaghetti with tomato, chilli and basil

Creamy sprouts and pancetta spaghetti

Pair earthy brussels sprouts with plenty of cream, pancetta, garlic, white wine and lemon for a genius spaghetti tea for two.

Sprouts Pancetta Creamy Spaghetti

Cauliflower, anchovy and raisin spaghetti

Make the most of cauliflower in this low-calorie pasta with lightly toasted pine nuts and sweet smoked paprika.

Spaghetti Recipe with Cauliflower and Anchovy

Spaghetti and turkey meatballs

Change up classic beef for turkey in this comforting midweek meal ready in under an hour.

Turkey Meatballs Recipe with Spaghetti

Harissa spaghetti

Stir rose harissa through spaghetti and juicy cherry tomatoes for a high-fibre, low-calorie vegetarian dinner.

Harissa Spaghetti Recipe

Crab cacio e pepe

Take this cult pasta up a notch with a spike of briny shellfish.

Quick and Easy Cacio E Pepe Recipe with Crab

Gazpacho sauce spaghetti

Ready in just 15 minutes this simple pasta recipe is tossed in a smooth yet fiery gazpacho sauce.


Best ever spaghetti bolognese

With our best ever spaghetti bolognese being the ultimate midweek comfort food, we've perfected a true family-favourite including tips on how to easily make it in a slow cooker.

Dead good spaghetti carbonara

Creamy, classic spaghetti carbonara is a real crowd-pleaser. We love it with parmesan and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Try our other quick and easy pasta dishes here.

Best ever spaghetti and meatballs

Packed with plenty of flavour and topped with nutty parmesan this classic Italian recipe is a great weekend dish for the family. Check out our extra tips from the olive cookery team to make this the best spaghetti and meatballs you'll ever try...

Spaghetti alle vongole with samphire

Spaghetti alle vongole (clams) makes a classic Italian supper. The lovely rich sauce is a combination of dry white wine with the natural clam juice, making a lovely accompaniment for the salty samphire.

Caponata spaghetti

Fancy a big-on-flavour, easy-on-the-waistband pasta dinner ready in under an hour? Us too! Try our Sicilian veggie caponata spaghetti with aubergines, capers and olives.

Marmite spaghetti carbonara

A twist on the classic spaghetti carbonara recipe using marmite. Love it or hate it – as they say! We think it gives a delicious flavour – add a generous sprinkle of parmesan and parsley.

Wholewheat spaghetti with chorizo and rosemary pangritata

Check out this super simple spaghetti recipe with crunchy chorizo and crispy sourdough breadcrumbs. Use sourdough that’s a day or two old for extra-crunchy pangritata.

Spaghetti with ajvar, mozzarella and smashed olives

Try our fresh and simple vegetarian spaghetti recipe with creamy mozzarella, smashed olives and ajvar. Ajvar, a sauce traditionally from the Balkans and made up primarily of red peppers, is super quick and easy to whip up, perfect for summer.

Looking for a way to use up spaghetti?

Try our spaghetti aranci idea

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Spaghetti Carbonara Arancini Recipe

Wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon

Use wholewheat spaghetti for a healthier pasta sinner, served with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon (it's a great vegan dinner idea for guests).

4 quick spaghetti sauces

Need a quick and easy meal that's packed with flavour? Make dinner in a flash with these no-cook spaghetti sauces.

Spaghetti with chorizo and rosemary pangritata

Check out this quick and easy spaghetti recipe with crispy chorizo and crunchy pangritata. Pangritata, sometimes called poor man’s parmesan, is a mix of fried breadcrumbs and herbs used add flavour and texture to pasta dishes.

Spaghetti with no-cook sauce of tuna, capers and chilli

A great after work supper. The only thing you need to cook is the spaghetti, then toss with the tinned tuna, capers, chilli, red onion, garlic and herbs.

Cincinnati chilli five ways

A chilli con carne, but not as we know it. The unusual Mediterranean spicing with finely ground meat is simmered low and slow until it melts in the mouth and served over spaghetti. Order it ‘five ways’ and you’ll get beans, cheese and onions on top, too.

Spaghetti with parmesan and black pepper (spaghetti con cacio e pepe)

The simplest store-cupboard pasta, so for this it's best to use a good-quality spaghetti – De Cecco is widely available now and is worth the extra money. Increase the pepper if you dare to spice it up, but this amount is a good starting point. We also have Padella's famous cacio e pepe recipe here.

Spaghetti with kale, garlic and chilli

This healthy, quick vegetarian meal uses only five ingredients and is ready in 15 minutes. For more quick, healthy recipes, click here.

Italian spaghetti and meatballs

This is a classic Italian staple that you can cook and eat now, or freeze for later. Just serve them simply with pasta for a delicious quick dinner during the week.

Artichoke, lemon and parmesan pasta

This super-easy vegetarian pasta sauce couldn't be easier. Just mix marinated artichokes from a jar with lemon juice and parmesan, then tip in hot cooked pasta and toss together. Ready in the time it takes to set the table!

Spaghetti with steak, tomatoes and olives

Our juicy steak, fresh tomatoes and olive spaghetti recipe is ideal for summer. Cooking the steak in the same pan as the pasta means less washing up. We have plenty more steak ideas here.

Spaghetti with clams and gremolata

We love how this easy meal tastes so fresh with the punchy gremolata, a traditional herb condiment made from parsley. The elegant seafood dish will serve two and you could swap the spaghetti for linguine.

Turkey tetrazzini

Tetrazzini is an American pasta dish with a creamy sauce and either poultry or seafood. This is our take on it using turkey, try using your Christmas leftovers.

Spaghetti alle vongole

This is a similar recipe to our vongole recipe above – minus the samphire, but equally delicious. Serve as a main for two or a starter for four.

Spaghetti with anchovy, chilli and breadcrumbs

Spaghetti with anchovy, chilli and breadcrumbs is an Italian cucina povera, poor man’s, pasta dish, made from ingredients found in even the most basic of Italian kitchens. Its humble beginnings should not put you off making this classic pasta recipe – it’s delicious.