Spaghetti with meatballs

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Spaghetti with meatballs
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Spaghetti with meatballs
Course Main course
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Southern Italy
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Spaghetti, tomato sauce, meatballs
Cookbook: Spaghetti with meatballs  Media: Spaghetti with meatballs
Close-up view of spaghetti with meatballs

Spaghetti with meatballs (or spaghetti and meatballs) is an Italian and Italian-American dish that usually consists of spaghetti, tomato sauce and meatballs.[1]


It is widely believed that spaghetti with meatballs was an innovation of early 20th-century Italian immigrants in New York City; the National Pasta Association (originally named the National Macaroni Manufacturers Association) is said to be the first organization to publish a recipe for it, in the 1920s.[citation needed] Italian writers often mock the dish as pseudo-Italian or non-Italian.[2]

This said, various kinds of pasta with meat are part of the culinary tradition of the Abruzzo, Apulia, Sicily, and other parts of southern Italy. Names for these dishes include pasta seduta 'seated pasta' and maccaroni azzese in Apulia.[3][4][5]

Totally different are the baked pasta dishes from Apulia, where meatballs, mortadella, or salami are baked with rigatoni, tomato sauce, and mozzarella, then covered with a pastry top.[6]

Other pasta recipes include slices of meat rolled up with cheese, cured meats and herbs (involtini in Italian), but most commonly pasta is garnished with the sauce and served separately from the meats cooked in the sauce itself.

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  1. ^ Dickie, John (2008). Delizia!: The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food. Simon and Schuster. pp. 225–226. ISBN 1416554009. Retrieved March 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Filippo Piva, "Gli spaghetti con le polpette e gli altri falsi miti della cucina italiana all’estero", Wired Italy, 29 July 2014 full text
  3. ^ Oretta Zanini de Vita, Encyclopedia of Pasta (2009, ISBN 0520944712), p. 315, with ziti
  4. ^ Accademia Italiana della Cucina, "Maccaroni Azzese"
  5. ^ "Ricetta Spaghetti con le polpettine - Le ricette di Paciulina". Le Ricette di 4 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pasta asciutta alla pugliese", in Touring Club of Italy, La cucina del Bel Paese, p. 292

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