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

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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.

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Ingredients

  • Use regular or wholewheat spaghetti for these recipes

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.

Best-ever spaghetti bolognese

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.

spaghetti carbonara

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 and Meatballs Recipe

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.

Spaghetti alle vongole with 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.

Aubergine Caponata Spaghetti Recipe

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.

marmite carbonara

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.

Chorizo Spaghetti Recipe with 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.

Spaghetti with ajvar, mozzarella and smashed olives

Looking for a way to use up spaghetti?

Try our spaghetti aranci idea

Click here for the recipe

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).

broccoli spaghetti with chilli

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.

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Recipes

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.

Chorizo Spaghetti Recipe with Pangritata

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.

Spaghetti with tuna, capers and chilli

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.

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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 con cacio e pepe)

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.

kale and pasta

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.

Italian spaghetti and meatballs

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!

Artichoke, lemon and parmesan pasta

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 steak, tomatoes and olives

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.

spaghetti with clams

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.

Turkey tetrazzini

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 alle vongole

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.

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