Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs

You only need one pan to make this recipe for Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs because the spaghetti cooks right in the sauce! Your weeknight dinner just got even easier!


  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 25 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 ounces uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • optional: grated parmesan and fresh herbs for topping


  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl and mix until just combined.
  2. Form into 14-16 meatballs.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Sear meatballs, rotating every minute.
  5. Add sauce to pan. Fill jar 2/3 full with water. Shake the jar and add liquid to the pan. (If you’re using homemade sauce, just add 2 cups water).
  6. Clear space in the middle of the pan between the meatballs. Break noodles in half and add to the pan. Cover and let simmer for 8 minutes.
  7. Stir, cover and cook 8-10 minutes more or until pasta reaches desired doneness.
  8. Top with cheese and fresh herbs before serving.

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