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Best Spaghetti 'n' Meatballs Recipe

Best Spaghetti 'n' Meatballs Recipe

My mom's Italian friend taught her the secret to this saucy spaghetti dish. Our whole family is grateful! Mom gave me this recipe as a wedding present. It's the best-tasting spaghetti ever...and the meatballs are so tender.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1 hour 40 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice, milk or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt, poultry seasoning and garlic powder
  • 2 pounds Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Pork Sausage Roll
  • SAUCE:
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cans (11-1/2 ounces each) tomato juice
  • 3 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 jar (1/2 ounce) dried celery flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, bread crumbs, cheese, tomato juice, green pepper, onion and seasonings. Crumble sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. In a skillet, brown meatballs over medium heat; drain.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, combine the first eight sauce ingredients. Add green pepper, onion and garlic. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30-45 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf.
  • 3. Add meatballs to sauce; simmer for 1 hour or until a thermometer reads 160°. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 10 servings.

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maryfraz User ID: 1483392 221758
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"Wonderful! My husband and son don't like chunky sauces. This one is perfect!"

laceyaileen User ID: 1213611 88568
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"delicious! i couldn't afford to buy two things of pork sausage, so i used a lb of ground beef with the sausage. still amazing :P that sauce was soooooo much better than anything you'll buy out of a can!"

trush User ID: 4581425 31579
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"The best spaghetti 'n' meatballs I have ever had!!"

annabanabanana User ID: 4245994 30384
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2009

"WOW!! The best spaghetti ever! The meatballs are so tender. It was a little time consuming but well worth it. I followed the recipe to a "T" and I am so glad I didnt add or change anything. Perfect as is."

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