Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs

    1 hour

    Chicken meatballs and spaghetti is a great alternative to beef or pork. Now, I love beef and pork, but I wanted to give my family something different. This is a recipe for five, plus a little extra for leftovers.

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    Serves: 8 

    • Sauce
    • 1 tin (400g) crushed tomatoes
    • 1 tin (400g) diced tomatoes
    • 1 (500g) jar tomato paste
    • 2 1/4 (550ml) cups water
    • 1 tablespoon dried basil
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
    • Meatballs
    • 1kg chicken mince
    • 1 cup (125g) dry bread crumbs
    • 1/2 cup (60g) grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 2 tablespoons Italian herbs
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1 serving cooking spray
    • 1 (500g) packet spaghetti

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Stir together the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water and basil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes while preparing meatballs.
    2. Mix together the chicken mince, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, Italian herbs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Roll into 3cm balls. Heat a large frypan over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Brown the meatballs on all sides. Add meatballs to the simmering pasta sauce and cook for 30 minutes.
    3. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the spaghetti and return to a boil. Cook until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the cooked spaghetti.

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    I just made the meatballs and I baked them for about 30 mins ( I think) after first frying them. The meatballs were delish  -  23 Apr 2010


    This produced a really fresh tasting sauce, which I definitely appreciate! I added fresh garlic and mushrooms (sauteed in a bit of olive oil) to the sauce just because those are 2 things that are vital to spaghetti sauce in this house! The sauce was very simple, but *really* tasty. The only thing I had a problem with were the meatballs... I think next time I will cut the seasoning in half as the italian seasoning was overwhelming; it kinda ruined the flavor of the meatballs for me. That being said, the meatballs had the BEST texture and consistency. Thank you very much, CookingDiva!  -  03 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    First let me say this is a fab website for beginner cooks, I'm new to this site and I've only taken a real interest in cooking for my family 3 years ago when I started staying home full time. Anyway,back to the meatballs not only was it an easy recipe to follow,but the meatballs were really good. You would think my 14 year old was NYC food critic with the way he comments about my food,but he told my husband that he liked these so much he was speechless for once. Great recipe I'm becoming more confident with every meal I cook because if this website.  -  18 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)