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!

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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.

My grandma just happened to be 100% Italian and my favorite meal that she made us was this delicious recipe for spaghetti and meatballs. It’s a crowd favorite and I’ve never made it for anyone that didn’t just absolutely LOVE it!

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This recipe is so special and one that gets made again and again in my family. I’m super excited to share with all of you too! I know your family will love it just as much as mine does. We make this for every special dinner. It’s our go-to for Christmas Eve dinner, birthday parties and when my brother comes in from out of town.

Not only does this spaghetti and meatballs meal taste amazing, I have really special childhood memories of helping my grandma and mom roll meatballs. Ha! Now if I could only get my own kids to help out!

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This is one of those recipes that gets passed down from generation to generation and there are small changes along the way. Sometimes I make small changes when I make this. For example, I’ve made this recipe with different types of ground meat and changed out the seasonings to accommodate what I had in the pantry. This recipe also makes a lot of meatballs and they can be prepped ahead of time. I often make up a batch the day before the big meal and then all I have to do the day of is boil the pasta and maybe put together a salad.

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 with the leaner ground turkey.

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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!!

Watch the video, below, to see just how easy this Spaghetti & Meatballs Recipe is to whip up!


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Nutrition Facts
Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 meatballs w/ sauce)
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 115
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.8g20%
Saturated Fat 5.1g32%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 70.3mg23%
Potassium 706.4mg20%
Carbohydrates 23.5g8%
Fiber 4.8g20%
Sugar 13.6g15%
Protein 22.4g45%
Vitamin A 1100IU22%
Vitamin C 12.1mg15%
Calcium 159mg16%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:10 servings
Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins

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
  1. 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.
  2. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, sugar, basil and oregano. Simmer 3 hours with loose lid and stir occasionally.

  3. While sauce is simmering; combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. I used my hands to thoroughly combine ingredients together.
  4. 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.
  5. Add meatballs to simmering sauce for the last hour of sauce cooking time.
  6. Enjoy sauce and meatballs served over your favorite pasta.

Recipe Notes

*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. 

Author: Kim
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: best ever spaghetti and meatballs, homemade spaghetti and meatballs

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