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Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Spaghetti and meatballs made together in one dish?! YES! This easy, one dish skillet meal is perfect for a weeknight dinner for easy clean up and satisfied tummies.

Making spaghetti and meatballs in the skillet is super simple. We use our deep cast iron skillet for one dish meals all the time; it’s easily one of our most used kitchen tools!

one dish spaghetti and meatballs weeknight dinner in a cast iron skillet

How To Make One Pot Spaghetti And Meatballs In Your Skillet

It’s way easier than you realize to make spaghetti and meatballs in your skillet.

First, gather all your ingredients for the meatballs.

ingredients for meatballs on counter

Next, mix the breadcrumbs, spices, and eggs into the meat. Mix it well with your hands, making sure everything is fully combined.

(if it grosses you out too much to use your hands, mix with a fork – a spoon simply won’t combine everything as well)

hand mix your meatball ingredients

Next, shape your meatballs and layer them across your skillet.

hand holding shaped meatball

Be sure to leave ample space between them…you’re going to fill it in a moment.

uncooked meatballs in a cast iron skillet

After you brown your meatballs, add in the veggies and liquids to start your sauce base.

meatballs and sauce cooking in a skillet
meatballs cooking in sauce in skillet on stovetop

It’s going to look pretty watery, but that’s okay…the pasta is going to soak it all up.

Be sure to follow the recipe card so your noodles don’t dry out while they are baking!

cooking spaghetti in a skillet with meatballs for an easy one dish weeknight family meal idea

Serve it with a nice fresh garden salad and some crusty bread for a satisfying, comforting, absolutely delicious dinner everyone will enjoy.

plated meal of one dish spaghetti and meatballs cooked in a cast iron skillet
Skillet Spaghetti & Meatballs
Yield: Serves 4-6

Skillet Spaghetti & Meatballs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Make spaghetti and meatballs in one dish! Use your favorite cast iron skillet first on the stovetop and finish in the oven for easy cleanup of a family favorite one dish weeknight dinner.


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tspn Oregano
  • ½ tspn Black Pepper
  • ½ tspn Celery Seed
  • 1 tspn Onion Powder
  • 1 tspn Garlic Powder
  • ½ tspn Salt
  • 1 med Onion
  • 1 tblspn vegetable oil, optional
  • 2-4 minced cloves Garlic
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • ½ tspn Black Pepper
  • ½ tspn Celery Seed
  • 1 tspn Basil
  • 1 tspn Oregano
  • 1 tspn Salt
  • 1 tblspn Apple Cider Vinegar or Red Wine
  • Pinch Sugar
  • 1 box Spaghetti Noodles
  • 1-2 cups Water


Preheat oven to 425-degrees.

By hand, mix all ingredients for the meatballs.

Form meatballs and place in cast iron skillet in one layer.

Chop onion.

Add chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet in the spaces between the meatballs, add vegetable oil, if desired.

Over medium-high heat sear the meatball exteriors, rotating them multiple times over the amount of time it takes to also caramelize the onions and garlic.

When meatballs and onion mixture are done, combine ingredients for sauce and stir, along with ½ cup of water at this time, in the skillet, combining with, but being gentle to, the meatballs. This will look “too thin” for traditional spaghetti sauce, but don’t worry, the noodles soak up all of that water (and more).

Break spaghetti noodles in half.

Place spaghetti noodles in the skillet, burying them a little in the sauce.

Place skillet in the oven for 30-minutes.

Add ½ to 1 cup of water to the skillet. Noodles should be still a little stiff, but close to being “done”.

Continue to bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and check a meatball from the center of the skillet. If cooked all the way through, and the noodles are cooked to your satisfaction, remove from oven and serve. If meatball needs more cooking and/or noodles are not soft enough, add additional ½ cup water and bake for another 15 minutes, checking it again.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 874mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 26g

I am not a medical or nutritional/diet professional. This information is not to be considered medical advice. You should independently calculate your own values. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

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