Meatballs with Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
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Meatballs with Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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“A friend gave me the recipe for this traditional favorite. It’s her Italian mother-in-law’s recipe from the old country, and it tastes wonderful,” writes Denise Linnett of Picton, Ontario.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 ounces lean ground beef
  • 2 ounces ground pork
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) whole tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 544 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 186mg cholesterol, 1445mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 9g fiber), 37g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef and pork over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-3/4-in. balls.
  2. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°; drain.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, water, parsley, sugar, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add meatballs to sauce; simmer 5 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Meatballs with Spaghetti Sauce in Cooking for 2 Fall 2006, p33

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Kim0827 User ID: 8763291 260406
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2017

"Sauce was good. Did not use meatball recipe. Did not use whole tomatoes"

Killerchef User ID: 8630071 237853
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Very good!"

kmuldoon User ID: 3386633 160842
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"I just made the sauce, it is delicious. It gets better the next day. The only thing I did different was put it thru the food processor. What is the calorie count just for the sauce??"

Katielabonte User ID: 4997099 72777
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"Awesome recipe. Decided not to use ground pork. You end up with alot of sauce. SSOOOO GOOD!"

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