Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs


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I got this spaghetti and meatball recipe from my mother years ago - it's great.

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Bradenton, FL

Time needed

5 min preparation + 10 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • Meatballs:
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 C. fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbs. dried parsley
  • 1 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Sauce:
  • 3/4 C. chopped onion
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C. olive oil
  • 2 28-oz. cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. white sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 6-oz. can tomato paste
  • 3/4 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

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In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and beaten egg. Mix well and form into 12 balls. Store, covered, in refrigerator until needed.In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 90 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, basil, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and meatballs and simmer 30 minutes more. Serve with cooked spaghetti.

Reviews (1)

  • This is an easy, great tasting receipe and was a big hit with my wife. She always cooks her meatballs first, so this was a departure from our norm. My notes: (1) If you're in a hurry start the sauce first, then the meatballs. (2) With the meatballs cooking for 30 min. in the sauce they were really moist and nice. I modified the recepe a bit as well based on other reviews. For the meatballs I added a tsp of fennel and cooked a Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage, put it in the blender, and added it to 12 oz beef/4 oz ground pork. (3) As someone mentioned after the 90 min. of simmering I took the peeled whole tomato sauce and put it in the blender to puree the sauce - great idea. (4) I also added to the sauce 1/4 cup of red wine and a tsp. of italian seasoning.

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