How to Draw Spaghetti

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“On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table
And onto the floor,
And then my poor meatball
Rolled out the door.”
– “On Top of Spaghetti,” a children’s song

Spaghetti is a traditional staple of Italian cuisine. Spaghetti noodles are long and thin, typically made of wheat. In fact, the term spaghetti is derived from a term meaning “string” or “twine.” Noodles are an ancient dish, but the first mention of spaghetti-like noodles may have been in the Jewish Talmud. By the twelfth century, spaghetti was being made in Sicily. This Italian pasta is often topped with tomato sauce, olive oil, or cheese.

Meatballs are commonly served with spaghetti. Meatballs are typically made by combining meat, vegetables, bread crumbs, and eggs. Meatballs date back to 200 B.C. in China, and could also be found in ancient Rome. Today, they may also be served with gravy, in soup, on sandwiches or pizza, or as a dish on their own.

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Spaghetti has played diverse roles popular culture. Often, it is used to represent Italian cuisine or Italian culture. The dish is mentioned in a number of songs, including U.S. country songs and the children’s song quoted at the outset. The term “spaghetti western” refers to movies portraying the American west that were made by Italian directors.

The popular Shopkins brand of children’s toys features a number of spaghetti-themed characters, including Spaghetti Sue and Netti Spaghetti.

Would you like to draw a delicious plate of spaghetti and meatballs? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ Spaghetti with Meatballs

How to Draw Spaghetti: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a horizontal oval. This will form the open center of the bowl. Then, extend a curved line downward from the oval. The line should flatten before curving to meet the opposite side of the oval. This forms the side of the spaghetti bowl.

How to Draw Spaghetti: Step 2

2. Begin drawing your spaghetti noodles. First, draw a long noodles using two parallel curved lines. Connect the lines on the end using a short, curved line. Then, extend pairs of curved lines and overlapping curved lines from the noodle to the edge of the bowl.

How to Draw Spaghetti: Step 3

3. Draw several large spaghetti noodles trailing across the bowl. For each noodle, use a pair of parallel curved lines.

How to Draw Spaghetti: Step 4

4. Fill in the texture of noodles within the mound of the spaghetti outlined in the previous step. Use pairs of curved lines and individual curved lines. Erase guide lines as necessary.

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How to Draw Spaghetti: Step 5

5. Draw a bit more spaghetti on top of what was already there. First, outline the shape of the spaghetti using pairs of parallel lines to indicate large noodles. Then, band the spaces in between with curved lines to indicate the texture of the noodles.

How to Draw Spaghetti: Step 6

6. Draw a fork standing in the spaghetti. For the handle, use two long, parallel lines, connected by a short, curved line on the end. Then, use curved lines and “U” shaped lines to indicate the prongs of the fork, buried in pasta. Erase guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw Spaghetti: Step 7

7. Fill your bowl with spaghetti. Indicate additional noodles using pairs of long, curved lines.

How to Draw Spaghetti: Step 8

8. Enclose several irregular round shapes throughout the spaghetti to form meatballs. Erase the lines from each meatball.

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How to Draw Spaghetti: Step 9

9. Texture the meatballs using small curved lines.

How to Draw Spaghetti: Step 10

10. Color your spaghetti and meatballs. Learn to draw more fun foods, such as pizza, in our collection of man-made objects drawing guides.

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