Delightful and Delicious: Easy One-Pot Meatballs & Pasta

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Easy One-Pot Meatballs & Pasta! Lazy in cleaning up all the mess after cooking? You found your bestie! Meatballs and spaghetti are cooked together just in one pan – fewer dishes to clean, hooray! One of the best recipes for Dutch ovens for you to make a delicious dinner in a hurry!
One-Pot Meatballs & Pasta

One-Pot Meatballs & Pasta

This recipe would be a wonderful choice for busy bees without much cooking time. Yummy tender meatballs topped with saucy delectable pasta are perfect for both lunch and dinner!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people
Calories 475 kcal


  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, uncooked (casings removed)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt (kosher)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp paste tomato
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth/water
  • 1 tbsp vinegar (apple cider)
  • 2 tbsp sugar (granulated)
  • 1 tsp oregano, dry
  • 2 cups dry O-shaped pasta (Anelli)
  • Red pepper flakes, parmesan cheese (Optional, for serving)


  • Divide the sausage into 32 portions and roll each one into a tablespoon-sized meatball.
  • In a Dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently until the meatballs are browned all over (3 minutes per side). It's possible that the meatballs aren't fully cooked at this time. Place on a plate to cool.
  • Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, salt, and pepper, and cook, scraping up any browned pieces from the bottom of the pan (5 minutes or until the onion softens). Stir in the garlic, and tomato paste. Pour in 2 cups of water or broth, vinegar, sugar, and oregano. Combine the spaghetti and meatballs, as well as any fluids that have gathered on the dish. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, turning often, for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the pasta is slightly done and the meatballs are cooked through. If you prefer a soupier consistency, add more water or broth as needed. If preferred, add Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes when serving.


The meatballs can be formed and stored in the refrigerator for up to one day for making ahead.
Store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

Your Own Notes


Calories: 475kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 36gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 465mgFiber: 4g
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