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spaghetti and meatballs served with garlic and bread and topped with fresh basil
4.58 from 50 votes
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 beef or ground bison 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. 

Freezing meatballs: Let the sauce and meatballs cool completely, then ladle into freezer-safe containers, leaving about an inch of room for expansion. I like to double this recipe and freeze half for a quick dinner on a busy weeknight.

Meatballs and sauce will keep well in the freezer for up to about four months. When you're ready to enjoy, defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat over medium-low heat on the stovetop.

While meatballs are heating, boil up some fresh spaghetti for an easy meal ready to go!

Photos by Molly at Yes to Yolks.

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

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