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Using frozen meatballs in spaghetti

I just picked up some frozen meatballs from Trader Joes and I'm wondering what is the best way to add them to my spaghetti. Should I pan fry them first or just add them to the sauce as is and let them cook?

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  1. Definitely pan fry them first. I've been known to throw them in from time to time - the kiddos love them and I just don't have the time to make them from scratch during the week.

    Costco has pretty good ones as well.

      1. Dissenting opinion here: I never pan fry my meatballs. Sometimes I freeze my own, then add them to the sauce as it simmers.

        1. Aren't they already cooked? I can see pan-frying them before they are cooked, but why would you need to pan-fry them if they are cooked already?

          I always just heat cooked frozen meatballs in sauce.

          1. i would just throw in the sauce.