Whole-Wheat Spaghetti and Meatballs

21 Reviews / 4.7 Average
This is one of those recipes that my whole family absolutely loves. Let’s face it…meatballs are a crowd pleaser. My youngest daughter even likes cold leftover meatballs in her lunch on occasion. It's an easy dinner that comes together in under 30 minutes. Who doesn't love a good whole-wheat spaghetti and meatball recipe?
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These would also be good on toothpicks as an appetizer at a party or a tailgate, or you could mix them together with some warm noodles and sauce like the picture. You could also double the recipe and freeze the leftover meatballs (when they are either raw or cooked) for a quick meal on a busy day.

No matter what you decide to do I promise you will not be disappointed. This recipe has been one of our family’s favorite “go-to” meals for years!

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  1. laura maccarthy

    made these tonight for the 2nd time. last time we found the garlic too strong and the carrots too crunchy (although we still gobbled them up and so did one of our kids). tonight i lighted sauteed the garlic and carrots, waited for it to cool, then added it as well as some fresh parsley. TO DIE FOR. thanks so much, this one’s a keeper!

  2. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi Jane. You can find dried Italian seasoning with other dried herbs in the seasoning section at any grocery store. It’s usually a combination of oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, etc. Enjoy. ~Amy

  3. 5 stars
    Made these tonight. LOVE! I loved how easy they were (and my 3 yr old son loved helping). My very very picky husband even liked them.

  4. I made these tonight and they were delicious! This was the first time I had attempted meatballs and they were so easy to make. Thank you for the recipe and for inspiring my husband and I to get processed food our of our diet! Keep up the good work!

  5. Thank you for this recipe! The meatballs my husband makes are dry and yukky. I made these and the whole family was happy! Keep up the great work because a lot of us are depending on you for such wonderful recipes!

  6. 5 stars
    Great recipe! My 3 toddlers loved them and its always hard to find something that pleases them and my husband and this was definitely a winner. I didn’t have soy and used tamari instead and it still worked great. Thanks so much for all your great recipes!

  7. 5 stars
    These are delicious! Will no doubt become a staple for us…Do you have culinary training or did you just figure these recipes out “on the fly”?

  8. I made these tonight my first ever attempt at beef meatballs. They were great! And so quick to put together – we actually ate super early since I thought I would need a bunch of time to get this together and I defintely didn’t. My kids loved them! I used fresh herbs instead of Italian seasoning because I had just done a huge trip to our farmers market and had a bunch of stuff on hand. We also used quinoa pasta which was great. Thanks for a great recipe!

  9. Hi,

    I made this tonight. I was going to make spaghetti anyway so decided to try your recipe. I usually just make a meat sauce but wanted to put more into our supper. It was delicious!


  10. These really are the most amazing meatballs! I have been trying all kinds of meatball recipes, but this is the recipe I will use from now on. It’s a winner!

  11. You should call these make out meatballs. They were so good people should want to make out with them.
    I put them on some wheat toast with your homemade red sauce recipe & fresh sliced mozzarella and put it in the toaster oven. I love the red pepper flakes kick they have.
    Yum! Yum!

  12. I made these for the first time tonight. They came together really quickly and were delicious. I started the meal when we all got home from work/daycare, and dinner was on the table within the hour. My only regret is that I didn’t make a double batch. There is just enough left for my lunch tomorrow. Great recipe!

  13. I made these tonight and have never made homemade meatballs before – super easy and SUPER delicious! I used ground organic chicken and forgot the carrots, but otherwise followed the recipe. THANK YOU SO MUCH! It has been a long journey switching to “real food”, but we are slowly getting there and this really helped!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Erin. You can always use an egg substitute. I think you can make one with ground flaxseed. Good luck. Jill

  14. Looks delish! I have just started making homemade whole wheat pasta and it is so good and pretty easy! I’ll try it with your sauce next time! The sauce I have been making lately is basically a roasted bruschetta that I blend after it has finished roasting! Yumm!

  15. I just made these tonight- they were delicious! My girls want to take them for lunch next school year. Thank you.

    Also, I just wanted to let everyone know this seems to be a very forgiving recipe. I did not add the red wine vinegar or the garlic cloves. I meant to but it was hectic and I forgot. I also used oats instead of breadcrumbs. This is a wonderful recipe!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Ericka. I would be afraid that they would “fall apart” in the crock pot because it might make them too soft. You could always give it a try though. Let us know how it goes. Jill

  16. Can you make this without the bread crumbs? I am on a special diet due to health reasons and I cannot any carbs.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Jennifer. I find that the bread crumbs seem to hold it all together. Is it a gluten issue? If so, you could try gluten free breadcrumbs. Or, give it a try without the breadcrumbs and see how they turn out! Good luck. Jill

  17. Just made this tonight. It was wonderful. Even my husband loved it. Thank you for all the great recipes you put on here. It’s a great website for helping us “clean” it up!!

  18. I loved this recipe. My whole family ate everything. Which can be hard with little
    ones! I am curious about your take on everything whole wheat. We try to use all whole wheat as well, but for some pastries I find my self using unbleached white flour. I have been looking into the case Dr. Matt Hyman has studied about gluten its toll on our bodies. he speaks about how most people have this intolerance but do not know it. Look into his research and I would love to get your perspective.

    Also, we currently eat Mom’s Best Cereal, can you recommended one with even fewer ingredients?



    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I occasionally use white flour as well (usually half white and half whole-wheat) in cookies and birthday cake. I am not familiar with mom’s best cereal, but there are a few 1-ingredient whole-grain cereals including Shredded Wheat, Barbara’s Wheat Biscuits, and the puffed grain cereals (like rice, corn, wheat).

  19. Can you give me your thoughts on the Dreamfields brand of pastas? They say that they only have 5 grams of carbs due to somehow “hiding” some of the cards so they aren’t digested? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I don’t worry at all about carbs (or calories or protein or any of that) all I really care about is the ingredients. I would just make sure it is 100% whole-grain.

  20. I finally got around to making these tonight! I paired them with some spaghetti squash and canned pasta sauce (I don’t want to waste what we have already bought before I make my own sauce, but it was too sweet! You’re already changing my taste buds). I will say that I didn’t realize I didn’t have any soy sauce, so I just added 1/2 tsp instead of the called for 1/4. I also didn’t realize that I grabbed the 1 tsp instead of the 1/2, so I ended up adding 3 tsp instead of 1.5 tsp of the red wine vinegar.

    And guess what! They were still delicious!! Pretty hard to mess them up, which is a WONDERFUL thing for me. Thank you for this yummy recipe :)

  21. Just now learning about your site via Holistic Moms Network. Love it! Congratulations, and thank you! I’ll be sharing this.

    I’ve been GF since 2004 and because of GI issues postpartum, I’ve been on the GAPS diet for 8 months: eating grain-free, sugar-free and exclusively homemade everything except for nut butter and a few other very occasional exceptions. Anytime I stray, I pay! I notice you are back to using packaged pasta but wonder if you could link to any pasta recipes you tried during the 100 days? It would be cool for recipes to have the quick options and the full-on Real Food options. I try to make more brown rice with chicken stock (or soaked per Nourishing Traditions), but my son still prefers rice pasta and I’ve yet to try making my own.

  22. Made this for my dad who was visiting in town. Delicious and really quick! And I have plenty left over for lunch tomorrow!

  23. Instead of buying jarred pasta sauce I like to make my own with canned organic diced tomato, butter ,onion, and salt and pepper. It is so simple and delicious and follows “the rules”. I will never buy jarred sauce again! Here is the recipe.

    3 cans of organic diced tomatoes (the 14 oz. cans- so 42 ounces total)
    ~1 onion, cut in half
    ~5 Tablespoons of Butter
    ~Salt and Pepper to taste
    Put diced tomato into the pot(do not drain the liquid out, just put the whole thing in). Then add the butter and the two onion halves. Bring these ingredients to a boil. When it starts boiling reduce the heat down to medium low and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Stir occasionally.

    After 40 minutes. Remove the onions and throw them away. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.

    Enjoy your delicious homemade organic simple pasta sauce on all your favorite pastas!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      We really like a sauce from our Farmer’s Market, but I have seen other organic brands that have a simple list of ingredients. You can also make your own sauce from fresh or canned tomatoes. Here’s a recipe we really like (and it’s easy!): https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/06/21/recipe-simple-spaghetti-plus-%E2%80%9Cthe-fresh-20%E2%80%9D-sponsor/ One other option is to buy plain canned organic tomato sauce and add your own seasonings.

  24. We had what I called an “Extreme Makeover: Dinner Edition” the other night with our spaghetti. It was whole wheat, I used organic pasta sauce and turkey meatballs that I had gotten on manager’s special at the grocery store. It was all so delicious. And it made me happy that my kids liked the whole wheat spaghetti and the turkey meatballs. It’s the little changes, you know! Thanks for all of your inspiration! I have learned so much from your site!

  25. I’ll have aghetti. I’m out of carrots and don’t have any wine vinegar (just ACV, which I’m assuming addsa different flavor?), so I’ll put those on the shopping list. :) Only thing I think I would omit is the soy sauce… I try to avoid soy when possible. I imagine they’d still be pretty flavorful without it, though!

  26. Love this recipe.

    I cooked my meatballs right in the sauce instead of on a seperate pan in the oven. Just heat the sauce in a saucepan, turn it to med-low. Drop the raw meatballs in, making sure they are covered by sauce. Cover the pot and let it gently simmer for 15mins or so until they’re cooked through. Soooo yummy. Gives a great flavor to the sauce as well.

  27. I doubled my meatloaf recipe last night to make a batch of meatballs but looking over your recipe, I’m realizing I should have added some parmesan cheese and italian seasoning to make them more meatbally…next time :)