Spaghetti and Meatballs

I am alive, well half alive. Still have sick house, but I couldn’t keep away any longer.
K..I have 2 spaghetti sauce recipes. One that I have been making forever, that has a billion ingredients and now this one that has only a few ingredients. Which one is my favorite? Well I will have to say I pitched my 1st recipe(wiping a tear). My new recipe tastes like something you would get in a Italian Restaurant. You must try it. It is a simple yet delicious gravy. I do recommend getting the best crushed tomatoes you can find. Don’t skimp people. Bad canned tomatoes can ruin a sauce, even making it taste like aluminum. I have found that Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes are wonderful and have the perfect acidity. And my new new favorite shaped pasta is, Alessi Orecchiette. Soooo yummy, however they do need to get on the ball and offer it in a whole grain version. The meatballs..oh the meatballs are melt in you mouth good. No seriously, they truly do melt in your mouth. One tip on meatballs, don’t handle them too much or they will get tough. I just use my small Pampered Chef scoop to scoop out an equal amount of mix and lightly form into a nice ball.

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 6
A delicious and easy Spaghetti and Meatball recipe
Spaghetti Sauce
  • ⅓ cup Regular Olive Oil
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1½ Spanish Onion, Finely diced
  • 2 (28 oz) Cans Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 Beef Bones (ask your Butcher if you cant find them)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper
  • ½-3/4 Cup Red Wine
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Large Handful Basil, Chopped
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 4 ounces dried bread crumbs
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 ounces whole milk
  • 6 ounces grated Romano
  • 3 ounces grated Spanish onion
  • 2 ounces finely diced fresh garlic
  • 2 ounces finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 2 ounces finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  1. In a large pot, over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add onions and cook them until they begin to brown.
  2. Add the garlic and beef bones and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in wine, allow to cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper and bay leaf.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.
  7. Add meatballs during last ½ hour of cooking. Just prior to serving, stir in basil.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
  3. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in large bowl. If mixture seems a little loose add more bread crumbs.
  4. Roll meatballs loosely about the size of a golf ball and place on baking sheet. Place into preheated oven for about 35 minutes. Remove and add to sauce if desired.
  5. Serve over your favorite pasta
Meatball recipe from The Food Network



  1. 1

    I hope you all get well and feel better soon! Spaghetti and meatballs sounds SO good right now and yours looks fantastic!

  2. 2
    Elizabeth says:

    Looks good!!

  3. 3

    Hey leslie long time no see. I just emerged from the sick house myself. I am loving the pic of the food stuffs. I love a pasta with pockets to hold all that saucy goodness! Nice to see you are still alive and cookin'…

    My best, Lynn

  4. 4

    Yum! Sounds delicious =D.

  5. 5

    yummy. I'm going to have to make that!

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    That's the second time I've read not to handle meatballs too much. Mine have been tough lately. I almost pitched the recipe I've been making for years, maybe I'll just handle them better πŸ™‚

  7. 7

    Glad your a little feeling better Les!!! Hubby loves pasta and Meaty Balls!!! Gotta make these!! I do make a Mean Italian Meal!!!!

    YUMMERS as Usual!!!!
    The other Les,

  8. 8

    Hope everyone keeps feeling better and better!
    Mmm, one of my favorite meals! I have noticed a difference when I've used good canned tomatoes compared to not-so-good myself.

  9. 9

    My daughter just asked me to make spaghetti and meatballs for next week. And she said, "You can just buy the sauce in a jar. That is ok with me."

    Easy enough.

    I hope your home is on the mend. πŸ™‚

  10. 10

    down with the sickness!
    meanwhile, spaghetti and meatballs is CLASSIC and i love your take on it. the beef bone component of the sauce is unique to me and very intriguing!

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    ***Holly*** says:

    I made spaghetti and meatbals the other night and my husband commented, "Sometimes the best things are the simplest." So true. πŸ™‚

  12. 12

    perfect. it's 10am and I want to have this instead of dry boring crappy toast and coffee.
    I bet your house smelled good for once since it smelled like Vicks for a while.

  13. 13

    I think a big old plate of spaghetti and meatballs is just the thing to cure a sick house! It looks wonderful!

  14. 14

    Good to hear all's well! Spag & meatballs is one of faves…always satisfies.

  15. 15

    Glad you're finally feeling better- hope the rest of your house follows quickly.
    Nice spaghetti recipe! I'll have to look for that brand of tomatoes. And I like that you added red wine- I think it makes the sauce so rich in flavor.

  16. 16

    oh my goodness, this looks SO good. i hope you guys are feeling better soon!

  17. 17

    There is nothing better then a perfect pot of Spaghetti and Meatballs to comfort you!
    I hope the kiddos are feeling better.

  18. 18

    This looks like exactly what I want to eat when I am sick! Orecchiette is so good for hanging on to sauce.

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    TheFitnessFreak says:

    This looks great Leslie! I use Muir Glen tomatoes because they haven't failed me yet : )

    I will say that cooked tomato sauce is one of the foods I miss the most now that I'm Raw. I'll have to make this for my hubby and kids! Thanks!

  20. 20

    We usually enjoyed eating the Swedish meatballs and I think your recipe looks great~gonna bookmark this.

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    comfycook says:

    Hope all is well now.

    Have to test your sauce with the family. Sounds good to me.

  22. 22

    Yikes, still not feeling well? Hope you guys are on the mend soon!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! It only makes enough for one batch of spaghetti? How long will it last in the fridge say if I made it today but used it later on in the week?

  23. 23

    It makes A LOT of meatballs, I cook them all the then add half to the sauce and freeze the rest.
    The sauce make enough for my family and then some left overs.
    My husband thinks the sauce is better the next day. Gives the flavors a chance to meld together.
    I would say It would last about 5 or so days in the fridge

  24. 24

    All I ever use is Tuttorosso…its the best! But so pricey here compared to LI. Your recipe is so close to mine.LOVE it!

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Will you ship some for my dinner tonight? Hope they help your family to get totally better soon!

  26. 26

    Pasta is always so great in the winter!

  27. 27

    This looks yummy. I love a nice simple sauce.

  28. 28

    Alright I 'm making those meatballs, freezing them is a great idea! I love the sauce as well! I hope your house gets healthy as soon as possible Leslie!

  29. 29

    The meatballs were so yummy. I made a batch tonight and will freeze the extras. It was also easy to make, which I love!

    Thanks for posting

  30. 30
    Multi-tasking Mommy says:

    It's hard to stay away from the computer, isn't it?
    Glad you're starting to feel better.

  31. 31

    Yay-you're on the mend and posting again! So glad to hear it!!

    This sounds absolutely delicious!

  32. 32

    Glad you're still alive, or it would be pretty awkward, and a little creepy, for you to be typing.

    Btw, Spaghetti and Meatballs is my troops' favorite meal, so I make it often. Who wouldn't love a dish with such yummy ingredients?

  33. 33

    My kind of recipe! Hope you continue feeling better every day!

  34. 34
    Art and Appetite says:

    Yesterday, I told myself to become a vegetarian but this picture just made me want to become a carnivore again. It looks so good!

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    The Blonde Duck says:

    This sauce sounds amazing. I've got to try it.

    I hope you feel better!

  36. 36

    I too am sick, glad you guys are starting to feel better! This recipe looks fabulous…I need to find those noodles! πŸ™‚

  37. 37

    those noodles look so much yummier than traditional spaghetti noodles! Hope you feel better!! WATER & ENCINECIA goldseal liquid (its SOOOOO gross, but you'll get better FAST!) πŸ™‚
    -Mini Baker

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    hot garlic says:

    TOTALLY feeling you on the orichette, hello, love it. But equally feeling you on the lack of whole wheat variety. I have SCOURED the web, it does not exist. Perhaps I should create one…

    Totally having a duh moment about using a cookie scoop for the meatballs. I hate getting my hands all goopy and you're so right on handling them less anyway. Genius I say!

  39. 39

    Kiddo has the swine here…I know how you feel! Love this recipe…can't wait to try it.

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    TheRoosterChick says:

    Gorgeous pic! Looks yummers.