Buffalo (or Beef) Meatball Spaghetti

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Buffalo (or Beef) Meatball Spaghetti

Who doesn’t love a meatballs and spaghetti recipe?  This is a kid and adult friendly dish.  Don’t like the taste of red wine?  Leave it out!  Gluten free?  Use gluten free noodles (or “zoodles” – zucchini noodles) and gluten free bread crumbs to substitute for the bread crumbs.  Slurp away.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop / Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 2lb ground buffalo or beef
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped & divided
  • ~1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup onions, diced
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces chunky tomato sauce or pasta sauce
  • 2/3 cup red wine
  • 1 lb spaghetti, regular or gluten free
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese – optional as garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • In a large bowl mix: ground beef, salt, pepper, 1/4 cup basil, eggs, and bread crumbs or food processed oats.  Roll meat mixture into 1 1/2″ balls and place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (no oil is necessary).  Bake ~ 12 minutes.  The meatballs don’t have to be fully cooked as you will be cooking them some more in the sauce.
  • Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add 1lb pasta.  Break the pasta in half if you’re pot is too small.  Boil for ~ 10-12 minutes or until pasta is too desired tenderness.  Strain and set aside.
  • Make the marinara:  Bring a large pan to medium high heat and add enough vegetable oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Add onions and cook ~ 4 minutes or until translucent.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant (~ 1-2 minutes).  Add red wine, bring to a boil, and cook ~ 5 minutes.  Add tomato sauce, bring to a boil, add meatballs, and cook uncovered on low simmer ~ 20 minutes.
  • Serve meatballs and sauce over drained pasta.  Garnish with basil and Parmesan cheese to taste.  Happy eating!  Beckie


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Keywords: Spaghetti, Pasta, Buffalo, Meatballs, Comfort Food

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