Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs Recipe
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Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs Recipe

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This was my mother-in-law's recipe and as a bride, my first adventure into serious cooking. I enjoy spending the time making it, knowing I'll have enough for several meals. -Anne Eynon Feasterville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours and 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours and 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 slices bread, cubed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound ground veal
  • 1/4 pound ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 198 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 364mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, saute the onion, green pepper, celery and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, bay leaves, sugar, oregano, cloves, pepper flakes and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the egg, onion, bread cubes, milk, parsley, garlic and salt. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a skillet, brown the meatballs in batches in oil; drain.
  3. Add meatballs to sauce. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Discard bay leaves. Serve meatballs and sauce with spaghetti. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs in Reminisce July/August 2005, p48

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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