Old Fashioned Meatballs & Spaghetti

READY IN: 2hrs 35mins
Recipe by Carmen B.

This makes a very large sauce and is freezable. The longer you simmer the better the sauce tastes. You can also cook meatballs in a 400* oven for about 20 minutes.

Top Review by SmokeAndSpice

This is a tasty recipe for meatballs and sauce. I never quite got the hang of pan-frying meatballs so use the oven-bake method and it always comes out great. I add a bit of extra seasoning to the sauce, usually some mild ground New Mexican red chile as well as extra garlic, and instead of tomato sauce I often use fresh tomatoes that I've chopped and simmered, then pureed. This recipe is an exact duplicate of what's in the Sunset book "Pasta Cook Book" from Lane Publishing Company; I highly recommend it for all kinds of pasta (homemade or otherwise) dishes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine ingredients for gravy; set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, whirl bread to make crumbs (you should have 2 cups lightly pressed crumbs).
  3. In a large bowl, mix together crumbs, ground beef, parmesan cheese, onion, parsley, salt, pepper, garlic, and eggs.
  4. Form mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  5. Heat oil in a large frying pan and brown meatballs.
  6. Drain on paper towels.
  7. Add meatballs to gravy.
  8. Add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese to gravy.
  9. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  10. Serve over cooked spaghetti.

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