Easy Spaghetti Cooked with Frozen Meatballs for a Simple Family Meal!
Did you ever wish you could just blink and a tasty dinner would appear on your table? Well, we all know that’s not possible, but this delicious dinner of spaghetti and meatballs is about as quick as you can get to getting a delicious dinner ready without ordering takeout and delivery!
Just thaw the frozen meatballs in your microwave, then cook them in a large skillet with a little garlic and olive oil, add the jarred red sauce and cooked pasta, and WALAA! Dinner is on the table in no time. Frozen meatballs are such a time saver and work well in so many recipes. Don’t forget the fresh grated Parmesan cheese!
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Gather Your Ingredients Needed for Spaghetti and Meatballs:
- Spaghetti – we love using Thin Spaghetti or Vermicelli pasta
- Butter – salted butter
- Garlic Cloves
- Frozen Meatballs
- Pasta Sauce – use your favorite brand
- Olive Oil
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
Quick and Easy Dinner of Spaghetti and Frozen Meatballs - Made in Your Skillet
- 8 or 10 oz. thin spaghetti, uncooked
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced fine
- 12 frozen meatballs
- 1 (25 oz.) jar pasta sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and rinse; place spaghetti back in the pan. Stir in the butter.
Arrange meatballs on a microwave safe dish. Microwave for about 2 minutes or until meatballs are thawed.
Drizzle olive oil in a large skillet and cook the garlic and meatballs on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes.
Add sauce to the skillet. (Make sure to rinse out the jar with a little water to get the extra pasta sauce.)
Cook until the sauce is heated through.
Add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet and gently stir until the pasta is well coated with sauce.
Sprinkle the top of spaghetti and meatballs with mozzarella cheese.
Let simmer for about 2 minutes or until cheese has melted.
How to Cook Spaghetti and Frozen Meatballs – Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse. Coat with butter. Using a large skillet, saute meatballs in olive oil with a little garlic. Add the pasta sauce to the skillet, simmer till hot. Toss the cooked pasta in with the cooked meatballs and red pasta sauce. Stir gently to coat the pasta with sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese and continue to cook until all the cheese is melted.
Frozen meatballs have come a long way and are typically made with fresh ingredients. It’s nice to have something “meaty” ready to go on a night that is hectic and you don’t have any time to cook.
Buy meatballs that are 100% ground beef. Cook your thawed frozen meatballs in a large skillet. Swirl a little garlic in the skillet, add the fresh chopped garlic, then add the meatballs. Cook until meatballs are nicely browned and smell delicious.
You could at this point also add a white cream sauce instead of the red sauce as well for a delicious Swedish meatball dinner. Just cut the meatballs in half before adding them to the skillet.
How to Easily Cook Frozen Meatballs For Your Spaghetti –
Place frozen meatballs on a microwaveable dish and microwave for about 1-2 minutes. You can then add the meatballs right into your simmering tomato sauce, but we like to saute the meatballs first in a little oil and fresh garlic. You can also add some chopped onion for a little more flavor if you like.
Do you Prefer to Bake your Frozen Meatballs?
Meatballs are also delicious baked. Just spray a cookie sheet with non stick spray. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place frozen meatballs in a single layer on the cookie sheet with room in between each meatball. Bake for about 20 minutes or until warmed through.
Spaghetti Cooking Tips:
Cook spaghetti in salted water according to package directions until cooked to your liking. Drain and rinse well with cold water to remove excess starch. Place back in the pan and stir in 1 tablespoon of melted butter to prevent the pasta from sticking.
Cook Frozen Meatballs in a Crockpot or Slow Cooker
Toss the meatballs and your favorite jarred sauce into a slow cooker and cook on low for about 6 hours. Yes, we love super easy peasy! Serve with your favorite buttered cooked pasta and a fresh tossed salad.
What are the Best Frozen Meatballs for Spaghetti?
We love the Kirkland brand of Italian Style Beef Meatballs that you can buy from Costco. This one bag has 140 delicious meatballs! And also, Johnsonville Homestyle Meatballs. Remember both brands of these frozen meatballs are fully cooked and ready to use.
What to Serve with Frozen Meatballs with Spaghetti?
- Always keep a bag or box or meatballs in your freezer and you will never be stuck for a tasty family dinner!
Are you in a pinch for easy dinner ideas? Try our delicious Mini Meatloaf with Ranch Potatoes. Having a large party or outdoor gathering? Use these meatballs to make a great “large quantity” Crockpot Swedish Meatballs Recipe to feed a crowd. How about some Healthy Chicken Meatballs for a change of pace or another crazy easy dish of unstuffed shells!