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Spaghetti and Meatballs

A hearty homemade spaghetti sauce low simmered on the stove top with exceptional Italian flavor. An easy pasta sauce recipe made with a variety of tomato ingredients and herbs. Paired with the BEST homemade meatballs then served with spaghetti sauce and pasta. You'll want to make this Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe weekly for dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword spaghetti and meatballs, spaghetti meat sauce, Spaghetti sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 755kcal


Spaghetti Sauce

  • ½ small white onion diced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 29 oz tomato sauce
  • 12 oz tomato paste
  • 30 oz diced tomatoes
  • 29 oz crushed tomatoes
  • cups water
  • tsp dried oregano leaves
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • lb spaghetti


  • 3 lb ground beef to make a meat sauce, see notes
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • ½ tbsp basil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs


  • Saute onion until translucent and fragrant; about 4-5 minutes
  • Cook garlic; 1 minute.
  • NOTE: If making a meat sauce instead of meatballs, brown and drain 2 lb ground beef then simmer it in the sauce.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and crushed tomatoes.
  • Whisk in water, oregano, salt, pepper, and basil.
  • Simmer on low heat for 1½ to 2½ hours.
    TIP: To prevent splattering add more water or slowly twirl a spoon to the bottom and slowly bring it back up. This allows air bubbles to escape without any extra mess.
  • To make meatballs, whisk together onions, garlic, parsley, basil, pepper, salt, paprika, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, bread crumbs, grated parmesan cheese, and eggs.
  • Add ground beef and mix until combined.
  • Roll 1½ tbsp ground beef into a ball and place on cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Bake in 400°F oven for 20-25 minutes. Meatballs may be blotted with paper towel if needed.
  • Serve with


MEAT SAUCE: to make spaghetti meat sauce, use 2 lb ground beef. Brown and drain cooked beef. Simmer it in pot with sauce.


Calories: 755kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1319mg | Potassium: 1646mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1341IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 9mg