We start this recipe by making meatballs, but if you want to start with the frozen kind, we won’t judge.


3/4 lb. ground beef

1/2 c. finely chopped onion

1/3 c. bread crumbs (preferably Italian)

1/4 c. plus 2 tbsp. grated parmesan, divided

1/4 c. chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

egg, lightly beaten

cloves garlic, minced

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 lb. spaghetti

2 c. marinara sauce

tubes crescent dough

1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella



  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, onion, bread crumbs, ¼ cup Parmesan, parsley, egg and garlic until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Shape mixture into small meatballs (about 1”) and place on baking sheet. Drizzle with oil.
  2. Bake until mostly cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°.
  3. Meanwhile, make pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  4. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Unroll crescent rolls and piece together like a sun shape, slightly overlapping, on the parchment. Top with spaghetti then nestle baked meatballs on top. Spoon about 1 cup marinara sauce over meatballs and spaghetti then sprinkle mozzarella on top. Gently roll up.
  5. Brush tops of crescents with olive oil then sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
  6. Bake until crescents are golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with more parsley and serve warm with marinara for dipping.