Spaghetti and Meatballs

August 14, 2008 at 10:16 pm 6 comments

This isn’t usually a meal I make in the summer, but when Joe asked for it this week I couldn’t resist. I had also run out of homemade sauce in my freezer so I used it as a perfect opportunity to replenish the supply. I make a big batch of sauce and freeze it in 2 cup portions, which for us, is the perfect amount to thaw for later use.

Spaghetti and meatballs with homemade pasta sauce

Pasta Sauce


2 – 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes

2 – 28 oz cans whole tomatoes

1 onion finely chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

4 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tbsp basil

2 tbsp parsley
2 tbsp sugar (or more, to taste)

Salt & pepper to taste

Sherry (for rinsing tomato cans)

½ stick butter


Sauté onions and olive oil over medium heat in a large stockpot until translucent. Add in tomatoes and mash with a potato masher.  Add in garlic, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper. Pour sherry into one of the empty containers and ‘swirl’ to remove remaining tomato sauce. Repeat with remaining can, and add to the sauce. Drop in butter and allow it to melt. Reduce heat, simmer sauce for at least two hours, stirring occasionally.


Source: Adapted from my Mother-In-Law




1 lb ground beef

¾ Cup parmigiano reggiano

¼ Cup bread crumbs

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 tbsp milk

¼ Cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

Salt & pepper to taste

Flour, to coat

¼ Cup olive oil


Lightly mix together cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, milk, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Add beef and gently combine. Shape into bite size meatballs. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.  When oil is nice and hot add meatballs in batches allowing them to brown (about 3-5 minutes per side). Continue to cook until all sides are brown. Remove meatballs to a plate.


Source: adapted from Everyday Italian


Entry filed under: Pasta, Sauce.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. joelen  |  August 14, 2008 at 9:30 am

    This looks great! It’s been awhile since we’ve had spaghetti & meatballs… and your post is making me crave it now! 🙂

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  • 3. daddyson  |  November 4, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Mamason makes a great ameataball . Now thats amore! 🙂

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  • 5. Chris  |  September 19, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Wow!! Best meatballs I’ve ever had 🙂
    Didn’t get a chance to make the pasta sauce from scratch yet. Plan to do it this week. I never thought of freezing the sauce for later, thank you!

  • 6. Chris  |  September 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    You know how when Elaine from Seinfeld tries the Soup Nazi’s soup for the 1st time she has to sit down in the doorway its so good?? That’s how good this home-sauce recipes tastes!

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