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Italian Spaghetti ‘n’ Meatballs

Meet the Cook: Always a favorite with my children, grandchildren and friends, these delectable meatballs take little time to prepare because they don't need to be browned before being added to the sauce. I've found that the meatballs taste best if they are mixed just until all the ingredients are blended. -Ann Rath, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • Dash pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  • In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil until tender. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and seasonings. Bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the eggs, garlic and parsley. Crumble beef over the mixture and mix well. Sprinkle with cheese and bread crumbs; mix gently.
  • Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Add to the sauce; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Serve meatballs and sauce with spaghetti.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 510 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 191mg cholesterol, 1552mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 5g fiber), 38g protein.

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  • Kim0827
    Jan 28, 2017

    Only made meatballs. Very good.

  • Jellybean
    Jun 25, 2016

    This is an awesome recipe! I've made it several times with no changes. The sauce is a bit sweet and the meatballs are just the right texture.

  • caterbru
    Mar 6, 2016

    My "go-to" spaghetti and meatballs. Excellent recipe, sauce is the best and meatballs are so flavorful and do stay together in the sauce.

  • vonnie1956
    Aug 10, 2013

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    Mar 10, 2012

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  • tina42580
    Feb 28, 2012

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  • carolynstowers
    Aug 23, 2010

    The sauce was very good. The meat balls fell a part during cooking and the hamburger greaseleft the sauce with a funkie flavor.SORRY I DIDN'T LIKE THE RECIPE.

  • Emily Cook
    Dec 29, 2009

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  • lurky27
    May 31, 2009

    This is the first recipe we've used where our meatballs have actually stuck together! So yummy!

  • Squirt4
    Nov 18, 2008

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