Italian Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 0 mins

A delicious meatballs and sauce recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make the sauce: in a heavy saucepan cook the onion and the garlic in the oil over low heat, stirring, for 2 minutes; add parsley, basil, tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, wine, sugar, romano, salt, and oregano, and simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  2. While sauce is cooking, prepare the meatballs: in a large bowl combine bread (with liquid squeezed from it), chuck (it's really good if you grind your own!), eggs, romano, parsley, garlic, the oregano, salt, and pepper; mix well and form into 8 meatballs.
  3. In a large skillet brown the meatballs in the oil over high heat, turning them often; make sure to not crowd them in the pan, otherwise they won't brown properly.
  4. Transfer the browned meatballs to the sauce with a slotted spoon and simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  5. You can serve them with your favorite pasta right away, but these improve in flavor if they're cooled and chilled, covered, and refrigerated overnight or up to 2 days before serving.
Most Helpful

5 5

Since I used my own marinara sauce,I did not need to make the tomato sauce in this recipe. But I am giving the meatball recipe 5 STARS!! I have been searching for a really good meatball recipe, and these meatballs were great! I thought they were easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out delicious. My family really liked these meatballs too. I will definately make them again. Thanks Recipezaar!

5 5

I thought I would be daring and actually follow a recipe for once. Glad I did! I shall make this again. :o)

5 5

Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful dish Recipezaar. We enjoyed it so much. I added 1/2 cup of sliced sweet vadillia onion, celery, mushrooms and green peppers as my family likes vegetables in their sauce. The sauce base and meatballs are absolutely wonderful...The meatballs are so tasty and tender and big...I will certainly be making this quick, easy to prepare dish again and again.