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
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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 sauce and 5 meatballs (calculated without spaghetti) equals 544 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 186 mg cholesterol, 1445 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 37 g 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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Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Very good!"

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??"

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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