Spaghetti with Meatballs

Skip store-bought sauce and dial up this classic Italian dish with McCormick® Savory Seasoning - a drool-worthy blend of tomato, basil and oregano. Recipe & Photo Credit: Tasty.

Servings: 8


  • Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon savory seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) whole peeled tomatoes
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Meatballs
  • 2 slices hearty white bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 10 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 2 teaspoons grated garlic
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon savory seasoning
  • Olive oil, to taste
  • For Serving
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Chunk of Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


  • 1 To make the sauce, combine the olive oil and garlic in a large pot over medium-low heat and cook until the garlic begins to sizzle very gently. Add the red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until the garlic just begins to turn light golden in color, about 3 minutes. Add the Savory Seasoning and continue to cook, stirring, for 1 minute more.
  • 2 Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the paste has softened and blended with the oil and garlic mixture, about 3 minutes.
  • 3 Stir in the tomatoes and their juices and increase the heat to medium-high, bringing the to a gentle simmer. Lower the heat a bit if it’s bubbling and spitting too much. Remove the sauce from the heat.
  • 4 Using an immersion blender, blend the sauce until smooth. Tip: Drape a kitchen towel over the pot to act as a cover from sauce splatters. Or, transfer the sauce to a blender and puree, then return to the pot.
  • 5 Decrease the heat to medium-low and bring the sauce to a simmer.
  • 6 To make the meatballs, combine the bread cubes, cream, Parmesan, onion, garlic, and pepper in a medium bowl. Using a fork, mash into thick paste.
  • 7 In a large bowl, gently mix the ground pork with the salt and baking powder. Add the beef and gently stir to combine (you can also use your hands for this). Add the bread mixture, Savory Seasoning, and a pinch more salt and pepper and mix until just incorporated. Rub a bit of olive oil on your hands and form the mixture into smooth, round meatballs the size of golf balls, about 25 total.
  • 8 Once the meatballs are formed, gently lower each meatball into the pot of sauce. Bring to a low simmer, cover, and cook for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into a meatball reaches 165˚F (75˚C).
  • 9 While the meatballs are cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions. Reserve 1 cup (250 ml) of pasta cooking water, then drain.
  • 10 In a large bowl, toss the spaghetti with a few large spoonfuls of pasta sauce to coat, along with a few splashes of the reserved cooking water. Divide the pasta among bowls and spoon more sauce and meatballs over the pasta. Top each serving with freshly grated Parmesan and basil.
  • 11 Enjoy!


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