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7 Spaghetti & Meatball Makeovers, In Honor Of National Meatball Day

I come bearing good news. National Meatball Day is today. You know what that means? It's time to throw down with a box of spaghetti, and get crafty with some meatballs. Considering it's a national holiday, I urge you to reach outside of the norm for your celebratory meatball recipe. Rather than sticking to the status quo, reach into the depths of the internet and pluck out some spaghetti and meatball makeovers to get your pasta engine all revved up.

Whether you like your meatballs baked or pan fried, turkey or ground beef, sweet or savory, there’s a recipe here for your taste buds! Not to mention the plethora of pasta options. If you’re a traditionalist and like your meatballs on top of a big pile of spaghetti, or you’re a bow-tie aficionado... or you prefer something a little more alternative — the culinary world knows no bounds when it comes to satisfying your craving for spaghetti.

One of the best parts of this soul-satisfying dish is that you can easily double up on the recipe and stick some in the freezer for later. (Is there anything better than coming home from a long day than opening the freezer to find that you already have a meal prepared?) With a variation to please just about everyone, spaghetti is the people-pleaser of all meals. So roll up your sleeves, grab the nearest box of spaghetti, and get cooking!

1. Fennel Pork Meatballs

Courtesy of i am food blog

If you’ve ever had fennel sausage, you know exactly how delicious it is. So why not take a note from Steph at I Am A Food Blog and turn that into delicious fennel sausage meatballs. Put these bad boys over your favorite pasta or eat on their own. Either way, it’ll make your mouth water.

2. Turkey Parmesan Meatballs

Courtesy of i am food blog

The only thing better than meatballs? Meatballs with delicious, melty cheese on top. I am a food blog’s turkey parmesan meatball recipe calls for baking the meatballs rather than pan frying them, which means they’re basically a heath dish, right?

3. Chicken Marsala Meatballs

Egg noodles plus chicken and mushrooms equals pure deliciousness, and that's why these chicken marsala meatballs make the cut on meatball makeovers.

4. Turkey Pesto Meatballs

Courtesy of The Comfort of Cooking

Is there anything better than coming home from work and having dinner already made? The Comfort of Cooking’s turkey pesto meatballs utilizes a girl on the go’s best friend — the crockpot. Toss in the ingredients before you leave for work, and come home to a house that smells like heaven.

5. Mediterranean Spaghetti and Meatballs

Courtesy of The Comfort of Cooking

If you think you know meatballs, think again. With lemon zest and parsley in The Comfort of Cooking’s Mediterranean meatball recipe, your taste buds are bound to be more than satisfied.

6. Salisbury Steak Meatballs

Courtesy of Damn Delicious

If you have trouble controlling yourself when it comes to salisbury steak, Damn Delicious’s salisbury steak meatball recipe is for you. With bite sized portions of this divine comfort food staple served over egg noodles, you may be making this recipe more than a few times throughout the season.

7. Asian Quinoa Meatballs

Courtesy of Damn Delicious

This lighter take on meatballs is the epitome of temptation. Utilizing ground turkey and power grain quinoa, Damn Delicious’s Asian quinoa meatballs work as an appetizer or a full meal.