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. 5 stars
    My kids LOVE this recipe and want me to make it every week!! I bought your cookbook and it is wonderful! Thank you for the wonderful, healthy recipes!

  2. Does anyone have a recommendation for a brand of whole wheat pasta that doesn’t taste gritty? Can’t seem to get my husband on board with the whole wheat version because of the texture…Thanks!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Michelle. I would thaw them overnight and reheat them covered until heated through in the oven. You could also microwave them. ~Amy

  3. Hi – a few questions.
    1. Could you use ground turkey instead of ground beef? If so, would the other ingredients need to be modified for taste/texture?
    2. For the bread crumbs could you use whole wheat panko?
    3. How many meatballs is considered a serving? We are a family of 3 so thinking this will make extra which I’m thinking could be frozen for later use. Correct?

  4. Just wondering what your take is on wheat? I have been reading a lot on how bad today’s wheat is for our bodies because it has been so modified over the years. It seems you use a lot of wheat products.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Caroline. Lisa’s family enjoys whole wheat and many other whole grains. They have no sensitivity to wheat or gluten though many people do. I think you have decide based on what works for your body. ~Amy

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Debbie. I use this vegan recipe for a Parmesan sub all the time. I don’t tolerate dairy well, myself. ~Amy

  5. Any suggestions to sub for the breadcrumbs to make gluten free. Am using gluten free pasta. Gluten free breadcrumbs?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Gen. I make gluten free breadcrumbs from the gluten free bread I buy at our local bakery. It works great in the dishes that I’ve used it as a sub. ~Amy

  6. I have made this meatball recipe several times! I’ve used it in your Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce, and even converted it to a meatloaf! There are absolutely NO leftovers in the history of ever at our house! This weekend I am making it for all our party guests! Thank you! What a great recipe!

  7. This looks delicious!! What brand of whole wheat noodles to you recommend? I seem to have a hard time finding one! Thank you

  8. I just cooked up a batch of these. Yummy! I’m wanting to freeze some raw now, but am wondering how long/what temp I should cook them from frozen later on? Thanks ahead for reading and answering this comment! 100daysofrealfood is my “go-to” site for recipes! :-)

  9. Another great recipe that I tried. I am so excited for the cookbook. Made this over rice with marinara sauce and froze the leftovers. Thank you

  10. Just made these, and they taste terrific! My kids are going to love them. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    Made meatballs with noodles and sauce for dinner. My four Year old keeps saying, “Mmmm yummy meatballs!” and “Yum Yum these noodles are good :)’ I will be adding this meal to our monthly rotation.

  12. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi there. Here are several: https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/10/19/recipe-whole-wheat-spaghetti-and-meatballs/, https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/09/27/recipe-slow-cooker-sunday-sauce-will-feed-crowd/, and https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/07/19/recipe-homemade-spaghetti-sauce/. All can be made ahead and frozen in single servings, retrieved from the freezer the night before to thaw in fridge, making for easy lunch prep in the morning. Also, this post is all about quick little cheats: https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/04/10/real-food-tips-4-super-quick-wholesome-dinners/. Hope this helps. ~Amy

  13. ThanQ for sharing the recipe for home made meatball sauce.

    Love the real food site… awesome recipes and good helpful tips.
    Can you please, suggest any QUICK homemade pasta to be cooked
    in the mornings for my school kids?
    I use the very handy “Pasta sides” as it cooks faster and add lot of frozen
    veggies and some herbs & spices or even some protein to it.
    Can you suggest some healthy home made alternatives? Something
    that i can rustle up quickly in the morning.
    Thank You very much!

    Can u please giive a homemade recipe for pasta sauce to use with
    meatballs f& spaghetti?

  14. 5 stars
    These are seriously the best meatballs ever! My picky 5 year old devours them and always asks for 2nds when I make these :)

  15. 5 stars
    Delicious! Love the addition of the soy sauce…really adds a nice flavor. Might consider browning them in a pan first and then baking to get a really crispy outside.

  16. 5 stars
    I wanted to report that I made these using quick cooking GF oats and without cheese, as I’m GF and DF, and my whole family thought they were great. I’ve also shaped them into patties baked them in foil with veggies and onion and everyone loved that too.

  17. I’m making this now and underestimated how much ground up carrots 2 big carrots makes! What Can I do with the leftovers?

    1. I would add them to a baked good, like applesauce or pumpkin muffins. Carrots work great in baking! I know this is too late, probably, but perhaps it will help others who had the same issue.

  18. These are awesome! The best I’ve ever made. I did not use soy sauce because I didn’t have any. Also, I used egg replacer instead of eggs because my daughter is allergic to eggs. (I don’t know if that counts as real food, but I didn’t know what to use as an alternative.) now, I just have to make sure these last until dinner time!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Jessica. Eden Organic can be found at most conventional grocery stores as well as health food stores. Lisa does the majority of her shopping at Earth Fare. ~Amy

  19. I made these tonight. They were awesome. I used ground turkey also. Very good. Love the carrots in them. Where do you find whole wheat breadcrumbs? I couldn’t make it to a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods and couldn’t find them at Harris Teeter.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Carly. If you can’t find them, you can always make your own and keep them on hand for when you need them. ~Amy

  20. I make homemade meatballs once a week – our whole family loves them. Your recipe sounds delicious and I will have to try it. What brand of pasta do you buy? We’ve had mixed experiences with whole grain pastas. My family thinks the texture is different (I don’t really notice) and I could use some guidance!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Julie. There is not one particular brand we recommend. Sometimes it just takes a bit of trial and error to find the one your family likes best. I found that over cooking the noodles a bit when I first made the switch to be helpful with the texture issues. I also switched back and forth between whole wheat and brown rice. Hope that helps a little. ~Amy

  21. I made these tonight with gluten free bread crumbs and gluten free pasta and the kids and hubby loved them! I was told it was the best dinner in awhile.

  22. 5 stars
    I’m a big fan of 100 Days! I bought some grass-fed beef yesterday thinking I will try making meatballs for the first time. So this is the first (and last) place I looked for a recipe! Delicious and quick–I minced the carrots by hand and used oatmeal in place of bread crumbs. Thanks!

  23. My gramma taught me to make meatballs when I was really young but hers take quite awhile to make. I decided to try this, pretty convinced I wouldn’t like them and I’d desperately miss my go to family recipe. I was wrong, these are absolutely delicious! (Still love my Gramma’s) but these are a great addition for an easy meal :)

  24. How necessary are the breadcrumbs? I would need to leave them out or find a substitution for my husband who isn’t eating gluten.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Kristin. You could use gluten free bread crumbs. The crumbs do help bind these together. I’ve used brown rice bread and made my own. I also recall someone using gluten free oats as a sub. Best of luck.

  25. I just made these and I’m going to eat them all before anybody else does. So good, just added fresh parsley because I had it. Thank you!

  26. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hello Susan. Balsamic vinegar is often used in Italian recipes as a red wine vinegar replacement adding a subtle sweetness. Are you not wanting to use any Italian seasonings or do you just not have the blend? ~Amy