Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs Recipe

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Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs Recipe

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

How To Make Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

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Home-cooked meals are simply the best! Try this recipe for easy Italian spaghetti sauce with juicy meatballs. A scrumptious spaghetti sauce with the right balance of natural sweetness and acidity from the tomatoes that goes well with the hearty meatballs.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 10 mins


For the Meatballs:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp parsley, dried
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg, beaten

For the Spaghetti Sauce:

  • ¾ cup onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 56 oz whole tomatoes, peeled
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • ¾ tsp basil, dried
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, garlic powder and beaten egg.

  2. Mix well and form into 12 balls.
  3. Store, covered, in refrigerator until needed.

  4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent.
  5. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and bay leaf.
  6. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 90 minutes.
  7. Stir in tomato paste, basil, black pepper and meatballs and simmer 30 minutes more.

  8. Serve with cooked spaghetti.


  • Calcium: 123mg
  • Calories: 361kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Cholesterol: 76mg
  • Fat: 16g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Potassium: 1265mg
  • Protein: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 1108mg
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Vitamin A: 2935IU
  • Vitamin C: 48mg
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