Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meatballs in Pasta Sauce

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meatballs in Pasta Sauce

The traditional pairing of rich tomato-based sauce, savoury meatballs, and whole wheat spaghetti is presented in this recipe for Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meatballs in Pasta Sauce. Grated Parmesan increases the flavours and provides a spark to the addition of chilli flakes. To suit your taste, increase or decrease the amount of spice.


For Meatballs:

  • 500g ground chicken or a mix of chicken or pork
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For Pasta:

  • 350g whole wheat spaghetti
  • 2 cups pasta sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • Chilli flakes (optional)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  • Prepare the Meatballs: In a mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, egg, minced garlic, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined. Shape the mixture into meatballs, about 1-1.5 inches in diameter.
  • Cook the Meatballs: Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides, about 8-10 minutes. Ensure they're cooked through. Remove the meatballs from the skillet and set aside.
  • Cook the Whole Wheat Spaghetti: In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the whole wheat spaghetti according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside, reserving a little pasta water.
  • Prepare Pasta Sauce: In the same skillet used for meatballs, pour in the pasta sauce. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Add the cooked meatballs into the sauce and let them simmer together for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Combine Pasta with Sauce: Add the cooked whole wheat spaghetti to the skillet with the sauce and meatballs. Toss gently to coat the spaghetti evenly with the sauce. If needed, add a splash of reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce and help it cling to the pasta better.
  • Garnish and Serve: Divide the Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meatballs and Pasta Sauce among serving plates. Sprinkle with chilli flakes for a hint of spice and grated Parmesan cheese for extra flavour. Serve immediately and enjoy this hearty and comforting dish!


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