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Spaghetti Meatball Supper

It was such a joy to come home and find my mom making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. This recipe has always been dear to my heart. —Debbie Heggie, Laramie, Wyoming
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, combine the first 6 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • For meatballs, preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs and water; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in eggs, cheese, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Add beef and pork; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • Place meatballs on a greased rack in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cooked through. Add meatballs to sauce, stirring gently to combine. Serve with spaghetti.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meatball mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, stirring gently and adding a little water if necessary.
Editor's Note: To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup (calculated without spaghetti): 254 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 798mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • blufftonnative
    Jan 20, 2021

    5 stars on the meatballs and 3 stars on the sauce for my families taste. To the sauce I added oregano, herbes de provence, Italian seasoning and red wine to get the sauce where we like it. Overall a very good recipe.

  • Kathleen
    Aug 26, 2020

    An easy way to make a good basic tomato sauce for many dishes as well as for spaghetti with meatballs. I always prefer to halve the sugar and add some ground cloves to bring out the natural sweetness and provide more depth of flavor. Who doesn’t relish a meal of spaghetti with meatballs, best served with greens in season sautéed in EVOO and chopped garlic and/or a crisp green salad and a freshly sliced loaf of Italian bread? Add a glass of robust dry red wine and it becomes paradise.

  • jenjfer45
    Oct 21, 2018

    I'm making this again today great flavors.