Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe
The best EVER Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe comes straight from my Italian grandma. There is nothing quite like the comfort and amazing flavor of this homemade, family favorite spaghetti and meatballs recipe! Your families are going to LOVE this one just as much as mine does!
Spaghetti and Meatballs – Our Favorite Family Meal
Oh, there just really isn’t much better in life than a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs.
You have probably heard me mention before that my grandma was 100% Italian, which means I grew up eating and loving pasta and still to this day, pasta is just one of those things I will never say goodbye to.
I am so happy to finally be sharing this recipe with you because it is so very near and dear to my heart. My blood pumps with this spaghetti and meatball recipe. It’s what my grandma made and now my mom makes every Christmas Eve, for birthday parties, when my brother comes in from out of town, and basically any event she has to feed a large group. Some of my youngest and fondest memories are of me in the kitchen helping my grandma and mom roll meatballs. I love this recipe. I love cooking it and having my own kiddos in the kitchen to help roll meatballs just like I did with my mom. I love the way it makes my house smell while it’s cooking. And most of all, I love watching the people I love most clean their plates when I make it.
This recipe has been passed down from generation to generation on my mom’s side of the family. I’ve made a few little tweaks to it to make it “me” and I really hope you enjoy making it in your kitchen as much as I do. So before you recreate this recipe… do me, and yourself, a favor. Wake up early and get it on the stove and let it cook all day. Set the table nice and have your family over for dinner. That way you can enjoy their company and not slave in the kitchen because dinner is done. All you have to do is boil the pasta!
How to Make Meatballs for Spaghetti
My grandma’s meatballs are made with half ground beef and half ground pork. We really like using ground bison in place of beef, but feel free to use your preferred type of ground meat. I’ve even used lean ground turkey to lighten them up. But honestly, they’re just not quite as tasty.
You’ll also need to mix in bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, diced onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Go ahead and get your hands dirty and fold all of the ingredients together. It’s so much easier than trying to use a spoon.
Once you get all of your meatballs rolled, you’ll fry them in a little olive oil and just until they are brown on the outside. Don’t cook them all of the way through because they will continue cooking in the sauce in the last hour of cooking.
Finally, when everything is close to being done, get that pasta cooking. If you’re like me and always seem to have sticky pasta, give this video from Gordon Ramsey a watch. It’s a total game changer!!
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An authentic Italian family spaghetti and meatballs recipe that's huge on flavor!
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup finely diced onion
- 2-3 minced garlic cloves
- 4 1/2 cups tomato sauce (I bought one 33.5 ounce carton and one 8 ounce can)
- 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
- 4 (6 ounce) cans water (use the tomato paste cans to measure out your water)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 tablespoons sugar (coconut sugar works)
- 1.5 teaspoons dried basil
- 1.5 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1 lb. ground bison or ground beef or another pound of ground pork
- 1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs (4 slices of bread ground in food processor)
- 1/2 cup very finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil for pan frying meatballs
- 1 box pasta, garlic bread, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil and a fresh green side salad
Heat olive oil in a very large pot or dutch oven. Sauté onion for about 5 minutes and until soft. Add garlic and sauté an additional 2 minutes.
Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, sugar, basil and oregano. Simmer 3 hours with loose lid and stir occasionally.
While sauce is simmering; combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. I used my hands to thoroughly combine ingredients together.
Roll meat mixture into meatballs and pan fry in a large skillet with olive oil. You will most likely have to do this in several batches, depending on the size of your skillet. You will not want meatballs to be completely cooked, just browned around the outside.
Add meatballs to simmering sauce for the last hour of sauce cooking time.
Enjoy sauce and meatballs served over your favorite pasta.
*Nutritional information includes meatballs and sauce (not pasta).
*I made each meatball weigh about 30 grams, which made 39 meatballs.
*Nutritional information is based off of each person getting about 4 medium meatballs and an equal amount of sauce.