Spaghetti With Bacon Meatballs


Homemade bacon meatballs simmered in marinara is one of our favorite dinner hacks: The sauce keeps the meatballs moist and tender.

Spaghetti With Bacon Meatballs
Photo: Sang An
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 serves

Serve these bacon meatballs over spaghetti, or with whatever pasta shape you like. You could also put them on a toasted hoagie roll. Make them with or without the bacon and consider yourself a weeknight hero. 


  • 1 small onion, very coarsely chopped

  • 3 slices bacon, very coarsely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled

  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 1 pound ground beef chuck

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces), plus more, shaved, for serving

  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs

  • 1 large egg

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 12 ounces spaghetti (3/4 box)

  • 3 cups marinara sauce


  1. Heat broiler. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. In a food processor, combine the onion, bacon, garlic, and parsley; pulse until finely chopped, 10 to 15 times. Transfer to a medium bowl, add the beef, Parmesan, bread crumbs, egg, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper, and mix gently to combine.

  2. Form the beef mixture into 16 meatballs (about 2 tablespoons each) and place on a foil-lined broilerproof rimmed baking sheet. Broil, turning once, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

  3. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

  4. Heat the marinara sauce in a large skillet over medium heat, 2 to 3 minutes; add the meatballs and toss gently to coat. Serve over the pasta and sprinkle with the shaved Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

817 Calories
26g Fat
96g Carbs
46g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 817
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 1617mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 96g 35%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 46g
Calcium 333mg 26%
Iron 7mg 39%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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