Spaghetti & Chicken Meatballs with No-Cook Tomato Sauce


This crowd-pleasing and easy dinner recipe takes just 20 minutes to make, start to finish, so it's perfect for weeknights! When tomatoes are at their in-season best, just a quick chop and a few ingredients are all you need to make a spaghetti sauce in minutes. Store-bought chicken meatballs keep the low-effort theme going all the way to the table.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
8 cups


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

  • 4 cups chopped ripe tomatoes (about 1 3/4 pounds)

  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 16 fully cooked refrigerated Italian-style chicken meatballs (see Tip)

  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain.

  2. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, basil, garlic and 2 tablespoons oil in a medium bowl.

  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add the tomato mixture and toss to coat. Serve the spaghetti with the meatballs and sauce, topped with Parmesan. Garnish with more basil, if desired.


Tip: Smart Shortcut: Keep a package of chicken meatballs on hand for a quick dinner hack. Look for them in your grocery store's meat department.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

497 Calories
22g Fat
53g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 cups
Calories 497
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 27g 53%
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Vitamin A 2261IU 45%
Vitamin C 30mg 33%
Folate 77mcg 19%
Sodium 674mg 29%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 103mg 25%
Potassium 766mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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