Garlicky Meatballs swimming in hearty marinara sauce on top of buttery fettuccine noodles, this will be your new favorite pasta dish!
Garlicky Meatballs & Fettuccine

Oh goodness! This Fettuccine with Garlicky Meatballs might just be heaven on a plate!  Kicked up in flavor, this will be your new spaghetti & meatball dinner idea!

Garlicky Meatballs with Fettuccine Pasta
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I am not a big spaghetti and meatballs fan, so I was really surprised that I LOVED these guys!  I prefer not to make the actual spaghetti noodles for meals because 1.  they are hard for my kids to eat, especially the little guy and 2.  apparently my husband has an aversion to the noodles also.  He really dislikes angel hair!  (Who knew?!?)  So I normally stick to rotini or Mostaccioli noodles.  I have to say I am a huge fan of the fresh fettuccine noodles.  They worked great and everyone was happy!  Including me!  I am now a meatball lover…as long as they follow this recipe :)

Supplies Needed for Fettuccine with Garlicky Meatballs:

A tip to make uniformly sized meatballs is to use an ice cream or cookie scoop.  You get roughly the same amount of meat mixture each time and it makes the meatballs uniform in size and cook evenly!

Garlicky Meatballs with Fettuccine Pasta


As you boil the water and cook the fettuccine, you make the meat mixture and form the meatballs.  The meatballs then get a quick sear on all sides and then they chill in the pot, soaking in the marinara until they are cooked through.

This recipe is super easy by using the store bought refrigerated fettuccine which cooks in no time and tastes great as well as store bought Jar marinara.  My favorite is Ragu – Thick & Hearty!  So flavorful!

I served this pasta dish with Fresh Garlic Bread and a garden salad.  I can’t wait to make it again!  It was delicious!

Garlicky Meatballs with Fettuccine Pasta


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Recipe for Garlicky Meatballs & Fettuccine

YIELD 18 meatballs

Fettuccine with Garlicky Meatballs

PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME 30 minutes
Garlicky Meatballs swimming in hearty marinara sauce on top of buttery fettuccine noodles, this will be your new favorite pasta dish!
Garlicky Meatballs & Fettuccine
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  • 9 ounces Fettuccine, refrigerated, fresh
  • 12 ounces Ground Sirloin
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp onion bits
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 each egg, large
  • 1 jar Marinara Sauce


  • Cook the pasta according to the directions in a stock pot. Before draining pasta water, reserve 1/3 cup.
  • Combine ground sirloin, panko, parmesan cheese, garlic, onion bits, onion powder, salt, pepper and egg in mixing bowl and mix together.
  • Form meat mixture into meatballs of uniform size. (Mine were about golfball size)
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and sear until brown on all sides.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add marinara sauce and the reserved pasta water.
  • Cover and cook for 11 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Layer the fettuccine with the meatballs and marinara sauce. Top with parmesan cheese.


*Note: You can also prepare these during naptime (in peace and quiet) and store in the refrigerator until needed at dinner time :)
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