Homemade Spaghetti Sauce & Meatballs

Total Time
4hrs 35mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 4 hrs

Typical tomato-based spaghetti sauce, but it is sooo much better than prepared sauce, still very easy to make. The meatballs are the only time-consuming part and they need to simmer in the sauce all day to be exceptional. This recipe was given to me 10 years ago by my mother

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients for meatballs, shape into walnut-sized balls and place on oil-sprayed baking sheet.
  3. Bake 30 min (turning halfway).
  4. While meatballs are baking saute' onion and garlic in oil until transparent about four minutes.
  5. Combine all the ingredients into either a crockpot (if simmering all day, recommended)or a stockpot, along with sauteed' mixture.
  6. Once meatballs are done ensure the grease is drained and discarded, then add the Meatballs.
  7. Once ready to serve prepare with your favorite pasta, however thin or standard spaghetti is the best noodle.
Most Helpful

this is so good! Only replaced the water with milk. Will definitely be a regular and will make more meatballs and freeze for some other recipes as well. Thanks.

jellyko April 14, 2007

This is all good! But I always like to use fresh ingredients. And the best tip I can give - put the raw meat balls right into the sauce. It took an hour to simmer the sauce and cook the meatballs but the meatballs are so tender and juicy

weigs February 19, 2011

We enjoyed this recipe. It really was pretty easy to make ~ just be prepared for the long cooking time. The meatballs were very tasty and we used the leftovers in meatball subs. Thanks for posting!

Lvs2Cook May 19, 2007