Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Best spaghetti recipes

Discover our selection of popular spaghetti dishes, including rich and creamy carbonara, crowd-pleasing bolognese and fresh vegetarian pasta dishes

Looking for the best spaghetti recipes? Want to whip up a quick pasta sauce? From Italian classics like spaghetti carbonara and spaghetti vongole to more unusual ideas, our recipes are a pasta lover’s dream. We have a range of inspiring vegetarian pasta recipes such as our lentil bolognese, vegan carbonara and garlic spaghetti – all are super simple and quick, making them 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 recipes to Spanish is easier than you might think with spaghetti; use pasta instead of rice in the Valencian speciality, Fideuà a la mariners.

Easy spaghetti recipes

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. Looking for a meat-free sauce? Try our lentil bolognese and vegan mushroom bolognese.

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 recipes.

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…

Padella’s pici cacio e pepe

Sometimes simplicity is really is key. This classic Tuscan recipe from Borough Market’s Padella combines just a few ingredients to make a dish of pure comfort. Strands of thick pici pasta are enveloped in a creamy sauce made from butter, pepper and Parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti alle vongole

Vongole or clams make a classic Italian supper tossed with linguine and herbs. The clams are cooked in dry white wine, which combined with the natural clam juice make a lovely rich sauce for the pasta. Serve as a smart main for 2 or a starter for 4. For another variation, try our spaghetti alle vongole with samphire.

Prawn spaghetti

Need a speedy midweek pasta dish? 20 minutes is all it takes to make this prawn spaghetti with tomato, chilli and basil. It’s flavoured with all the good things: white wine, butter, olive oil and prawns. For more seafood inspiration, check out our prawn pasta recipes.

Spaghetti pomodoro

Ripe tomatoes, garlic, decent extra-virgin olive oil, fresh basil and a little black pepper is all you need to make a rich and fragrant slow-roast pasta sauce. It’s perfect for twirling up in long strands of spaghetti and serving with a sprinkling of Parmesan.

Vegan carbonara

Looking for a hearty spaghetti carbonara but without the meat? Check out this super easy vegan carbonara recipe with cauliflower and pine nuts. Ready in under an hour and less than 450 calories. Also try our summery vegetarian carbonara with asparagus and peas.

Seafood spaghetti

A simple yet elegant spaghetti dish for two with clams and anchovies in a rich tomato sauce. This recipe would work equally well with linguine.

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 storecupboard spaghetti dish.

Sardine spaghetti

Chorizo spaghetti with 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 anchovies and cauliflower

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

Healthy spaghetti and meatballs

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

Vegetarian spaghetti recipe with Ajvar sauce

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.

Garlic spaghetti with kale and chilli

This healthy, quick vegetarian meal uses only five ingredients and is ready in 15 minutes. Check out more quick, healthy recipes.

Spaghetti pie

When it comes to the ultimate comfort food, this baked spaghetti and three-cheese pie will not disappoint! A crisp, crunchy crust with an oozing, melting middle. What’s not to like? Great for an alternative weekend pie recipe

Spaghetti arrabiata

This spicy tomato pasta dish calls for only the simplest of ingredients. Ready in 25 minutes, it’s the perfect meat-free midweek dinner

A white plate of tomato spaghetti

Tuna spaghetti with 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.

Wholewheat spaghetti with broccoli

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).

Harissa spaghetti

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

Crab cacio e pepe

Try our special twist on the cult classic pasta dish above, with a spike of briny shellfish.

Gazpacho sauce spaghetti

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

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.

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!

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.