Spaghetti and a Meatball

Spaghettit and Meatballs

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer,
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered,
All covered with moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
And tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball,
Whenever you sneeze.

In the small town of Provo, Utah there resides my favorite university, Brigham Young University. There also resides a very popular pizza joint known as “Brick Oven”. A lifetime ago when I was a student at BYU this pizza eatery was known as “Heaps Brick Oven” and we referred to it simply as “Heaps”.

Back in the day…which would be the 70’s…the interior of Heaps reflected the style of the times. It was rustic with lots of rough hewn wood on the walls, ceiling, and between the booths. The lighting was minimal which together with the wood elements set a certain alpine ski lodge type of mood. Ever present were the delicious scents of garlic and oregano and more garlic and more oregano. You know the smells I’m talking about. To drink, there was always apple beer.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

If you’re not familiar with apple beer, I’m sorry. It is wonderful. Despite the word ‘beer’, this is a nonalcoholic beverage. It is not just simply carbonated apple juice or cider…there is something more, almost a kind a of tang, plus just the right amount of sweet, plus the carbonation. I have to admit, the apple beer tasted better with the ambiance of that 70’s interior than it does with the updated interior. It’s interesting the way surroundings can affect the perception of the way food tastes.

Today Heaps, or rather Brick Oven, has a light, bright interior. The place is always crazy busy, with a near constant line of people waiting to be seated. The menu has changed since long ago and now includes pasta, soup, and salad bars.

The pasta bar has a number of selections available for pasta shapes and sauces. Each individual serving of pasta gets a boiling water warm-up while you wait and watch. The first time that I went through the relatively new pasta bar, I was asked if I wanted a meatball with my pasta. ‘A’, as in one, meatball. I thought that ‘a meatball’ sounded kind of stingy, but I said yes anyway.

I watched as the pasta girl hefted a baseball sized “meatball” onto my plate of pasta. I have to admit that I gawked for a moment in absolute wonder.A meatball had suddenly taken on a whole new meaning. I felt like a spectacle walking back to my table with a round, half a side of beef sitting on top of some pasta.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Since that day, seeing the real meaning of a meatball, I have come to appreciate that old favorite Boy Scout song, “On Top of Spaghetti”. In 5th grade my friends and I used to sing that song every time the lunch ladies served spaghetti. We’d laugh at our silly selves and think we were so funny. The song is even funnier to me now because I know exactly what kind of meatball could roll off of a table and out the door into the garden and grow a meatball tree.

The following meatball recipe uses both ground beef and Italian sausage. I used a mild Italian sausage, which worked well for my family. Of course, spicy works well, too, depending on personal preference.

Cook’s Note: I made these meatballs approximately 2- to 2 1/2-inches in diameter. Additionally, I baked them on a large, foil-lined shallow baking pan in the oven rather than fry them in a pan. (Easy clean-up!)

Spaghetti and a Meatball

Yield: Makes 14 2- to 2 1/2-inch meatballs

Recipe by Terri @ that's some good cookin'


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, very finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 pound package spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 jar (32 ounces) favorite pasta sauce or try this Simple Roasted Tomato and Garlic Sauce
  • grated Parmesan cheese, as desired for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Mix together well by hand.
  3. Shape into 2-inch to 2 1/2-inch balls. You should get about 14 meatballs. Place on foil lined shallow baking pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until meatballs are done. The juices will run clear when the meatballs are done.
  4. Serve on top of prepared spaghetti noodles with your favorite bottled or homemade sauce.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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  1. says

    Yum! And what a great story. I remember that song from when I was a kid but couldn’t remember all the words. That is so funny!!! I love the recipe and will try it and sing along as I serve it!

  2. says

    My Dear Terri… I feel so bad that I have not dropped by your blog in some time. On closer look, I have missed so many of your beautiful recipes. I had your blog sent to me via email and the emails have not been coming to me. I just thought you were not posting.

    Wow…. I can see now that you have been posting some amazing stuff. Spaghetti and meatballs is one of my FAVORITE comfort foods. Your pictures are mouthwatering and gorgeous. I will have to backtrack and see all the other great stuff I have been missing.

    Sorry again for missing out and I signed up again for email notifications.

    ~ Ramona

    • says

      Ramona…I don’t know why, but for some reason Blogger or Feedburner has not been sending out the emails. It is so frustrating. This is at least the second time they have stopped sending email updates. I wish that I could figure out the problem. Thank you, though, for taking the time to drop by for a visit. You are always welcome here.

  3. says

    I like your story and way of writing! The meatballs look and sound delicious with the 2 meats combined. I’m so glad to find your blog and will be looking around now! Thanks for the recipe, Terri!

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