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Spaghetti and Meatballs


Embark on a culinary journey to Italy without leaving your kitchen with our irresistible Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe. This Italian classic is not just a meal; it’s an experience that will transport you to the heart of Italy. Prepare to elevate your culinary skills and captivate your family’s taste buds with this tried-and-true family favorite.

The Art of Decadent Dining: Savor the joys of life by indulging in what you desire, and what better way than with a plateful of Spaghetti and Meatballs? Our recipe ensures that the worry about consequences doesn’t overshadow the decision-making process. This dish should be a staple in everyone’s repertoire, even if you’re not a meatball enthusiast. Fear not, for we offer a tantalizing homemade spaghetti sauce that will convert anyone into a meatball lover.

Secrets to “WOW” Meatballs: Prepare to be wowed by these meatballs – juicy, flavorful, and undeniably impressive. The secret? Bread. Yes, you read that right. The combination of lean ground beef and sweet Italian sausage is the magic behind these flavorful wonders. Simmered in a homemade marinara sauce, these meatballs are destined to be the best you’ve ever tried.

Ingredients Needed:

White bread (best), or whole wheat or other soft sliced bread

Lean ground beef (7% to 15% fat content)

Sweet Italian sausage, or sausages with casings removed

Freshly grated parmesan or finely shredded pre-packaged

Garlic (don’t skimp on this one!)

Marinara Sauce:

Chopped yellow onion (shrinks considerably when cooked)

Crushed tomatoes with basil (omit fresh basil if desired)

Bay leaves (optional but add a nice touch)

Making the Best Italian Meatballs:

The secret to uber-tender meatballs lies in diced bread pieces soaked in water, combined with the perfect blend of meats, garlic, parmesan, and more. Follow the step-by-step guide to forming meatballs and sautéing them to golden perfection.

Mastering Marinara Sauce: The sauce is the soul of this dish. Saute chopped onions and garlic, stir in crushed tomatoes and bay leaves, and let it simmer to perfection. Add the meatballs, and in 30 minutes, witness the creation of a thickened sauce and tender meatballs. Fresh basil and seasoning add the finishing touches.

Finishing Details:

Cook your favorite pasta, and serve the sauce and meatballs over spaghetti. Toss gently and present the masterpiece family-style on a large platter, garnished with parmesan and fresh basil leaves.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Spaghetti and Meatballs Extravaganza


  • 3 slices white bread (crusts removed), diced or torn into pieces

  • 2/3 cup cold water

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (7%-15% fat)

  • 1 lb Sweet Ground Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more to serve

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 large egg

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, to dredge meatballs

  • 3 Tbsp Light olive oil to sauté, or use vegetable oil

  • Ingredients for Sauce:
  • 1 medium yellow onion (1 cup chopped)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 56 oz crushed tomatoes (from 2 – 28 oz cans)

  • 2 bay leaves, optional

  • Salt & pepper, to taste

  • 2 Tbsp basil, finely minced

  • Other Ingredients:
  • 1 lb spaghetti


  • How to Make the Best Italian Meatballs:
    Combine bread pieces with 2/3 cup water and set aside for 5 minutes, then mash with a fork.
    In a large mixing bowl, add ground beef, sausage, parmesan, minced garlic, salt, pepper, egg, and mashed bread crumbs. Mix until well combined.
    Form into 1 1/2″ meatballs and dredge/roll them in flour. Sauté in oil until browned on all sides. Set aside.
  • How to Make Easy Marinara Sauce:
    In the same skillet over medium heat, sauté chopped onion until soft and golden. Add minced garlic and stir.
    Stir in crushed tomatoes and bay leaves. Bring to a light boil.
    Add meatballs back into the pan with tomato sauce, simmer for 30 min, turning the meatballs occasionally. Stir in chopped fresh basil and season with salt and pepper.
  • How to Make Spaghetti and Meatballs:
    Cook pasta according to package instructions until aldente. Drain and return to the empty pot.
    Pour sauce and meatballs over spaghetti, toss gently, and serve family-style, garnished with parmesan and fresh basil.


  • Basil is optional if your crushed tomatoes jar has basil as an ingredient.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 696kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 73g
  • Protein: 35g
  • Fat: 29g
  • Cholesterol: 101mg
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 11g

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