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Spaghetti Meatballs with Sweet Tomato Relish

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Cook Time:

30 minutes


2 Servings



About the Recipe

Delight in a classic favorite with a twist: Spaghetti Meatballs with Sweet Tomato Relish, a dish that combines the hearty appeal of meatballs and pasta with the unique sweetness of a tomato relish enhanced by chutney. Perfect for a cozy dinner for two, this recipe brings a touch of sweetness to the savory depth of traditional spaghetti meatballs, garnished with red onion and basil for added flavor and freshness. Whether it's a special occasion or a regular weeknight, this dish promises a satisfying meal that's both comforting and gourmet.


For the Meatballs:
  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Sweet Tomato Relish:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons chutney (preferably a sweet variety like mango chutney)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Pasta:
  • 1/2 pound spaghetti

For Garnish:
  • Red onion, thinly sliced

  • Fresh basil leaves, torn


Step 1: Prepare the Meatballs
  1. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

  2. Form the mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter.

  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the meatballs. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Step 2: Make the Sweet Tomato Relish
  1. In the same skillet, add the olive oil and heat over medium. Add the onion and garlic, sautéing until softened.

  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes and chutney, bringing to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Let the relish simmer gently for about 15 minutes, or until thickened slightly.

  3. Return the meatballs to the skillet with the tomato relish and heat through.

Step 3: Cook the Spaghetti
  1. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to package instructions in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain well.

Step 4: Serve
  1. Divide the cooked spaghetti between two plates. Top with the meatballs and sweet tomato relish.

  2. Garnish with thinly sliced red onion and torn basil leaves before serving.

Chef's Notes:

  • Chutney Choice: The type of chutney used can greatly influence the flavor of the relish. Feel free to experiment with different varieties to find your preferred balance of sweetness.

  • Meatball Variations: For a lighter version, ground turkey or chicken can be used in place of beef.

  • Serving Suggestion: For a complete meal, serve this dish with a side of garlic bread or a fresh salad.

  • Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and reheated gently.


This Spaghetti Meatballs with Sweet Tomato Relish recipe offers a delightful fusion of flavors, making it an ideal dish for those seeking a comforting yet slightly gourmet meal. The combination of savory meatballs, sweet relish, and classic pasta ensures a satisfying dining experience that's perfect for sharing with someone special. Enjoy the rich tastes and aromas that this dish brings to your table.

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