Spaghetti & Meatballs

Updated September 17, 2022

There is just something so comforting about a big plate of Spaghetti and Meatballs, isn’t there?! Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs are recipes that I cook multiple times a month, and are both a staple on my Monthly Meal Plans. I’m not sure what I love more about Spaghetti and Meatballs; if it’s that it can be made on your stove top, or in the slow cooker or that for only a few bucks, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce makes multiple meals.

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How To Make Spaghetti & Meatballs

Make The Sauce

Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add garlic to pot and cook for about two minutes, or until golden. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute.

With a food mill, puree the tomatoes, with their juice, into the pot. To save time milling tomatoes, buy strained tomatoes. For a chunkier sauce, just add crushed tomatoes to pot. Add 1-2 tbsp water to each can of tomatoes, and swirl around. Add to pot with tomatoes, and stir.

spaghetti and meatballs

Add basil and parmesan cheese to pot, and stir to combine.

spaghetti and meatballs

Partially cover pot, and let simmer on low for 6 hours.

How To Make Spaghetti Sauce In Slow Cooker
Add milled tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese to the base of a slow cooker. Add 1-2 tbsp water to each can of tomatoes, and swirl around. Add to pot with tomatoes, and stir. In a small pan, add oil and garlic and cook for about two minutes, or until golden. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Stir in garlic/tomato paste mixture to tomatoes in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Make The Meatballs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine parmesan cheese, eggs, basil, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic powder until well combined. Add ground beef to mixture, and mix together until fully combined. Add breadcrumbs to bowl, and gently mix, until just combined.

spaghetti and meatballs
spaghetti and meatballs
spaghetti and meatballs

Form into equal sized meatballs, and place in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.

spaghetti and meatballs
spaghetti and meatballs

Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on size of meatballs.

spaghetti and meatballs

Add meatballs to sauce.

spaghetti and meatballs

How To Make Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
Start forming meatball mixture into a ball, and gently press a divot into the center. Add a ½” cube of fresh mozzarella to the divot. Roll into a meatball, fully covering cheese in the center. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, depending on size of meatballs.

How To Serve

Cook spaghetti in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

In the same pot, add 1-2 tbsp butter, and melt. Add spaghetti and 1 cup of Spaghetti Sauce to pot, and toss to fully coat.

Put pasta in a large bowl, and top with a spoonful of Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs. Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, if desired.

spaghetti and meatballs

Serve extra Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs on the side.

The boys are fans! I can’t believe how little they were in these pictures. I need to take some new ones!

How To Turn Spaghetti & Meatballs Into A Freezer Meal

Spaghetti Sauce

Prepare Spaghetti Sauce according to recipe directions without adding Meatballs to sauce. Let sauce cool completely. Add cooled Spaghetti Sauce to labeled quart-size ziplock bags. Freeze flat.

To Serve: Let Spaghetti Sauce thaw in the fridge over night. Add 1, 15 oz can of tomato sauce and 1 tbsp parmesan cheese to pot with sauce when reheating.

Meatballs

Prepare Meatballs according to recipe directions without adding to Spaghetti Sauce. Let meatballs cool completely. Transfer cooled meatballs to a sheet pan lined with parchment. Freeze in a single layer, without meatballs touching until completely frozen. Transfer frozen meatballs to a labeled ziplock bag.

To Serve: Add frozen meatballs to Spaghetti Sauce when reheating. Simmer over low heat until meatballs are warmed through.

Spaghetti & Meatballs Recipe

Category, DifficultyBeginner

Yields1 Serving

For The Sauce
 2 tbsp olive oil
 6 cloves garlic, minced
 ¼ cup tomato paste
 3 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
 3 28 oz cans tomato sauce
 1 28 oz can tomato puree
 1 pkg fresh basil, sliced
 1 ½ cups finely grated parmesan cheese
For The Meatballs
 1 lb ground beef
 1 egg
 ½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
 ½ tbsp garlic powder
 2 tsp salt
 1 tsp black pepper
 1 bunch italian parsley, minced
 ½ cup panko bread crumbs

To Make The Sauce
1

Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add garlic to pot and cook for about two minutes, or until golden. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute. 

2

With a food mill, puree the tomatoes, with their juice, into the pot. To save time milling tomatoes, buy strained tomatoes. For a chunkier sauce, just add crushed tomatoes to pot. Add 1-2 tbsp water to each can of tomatoes, and swirl around. Add to pot with tomatoes, and stir.

3

Add basil and parmesan to pot, and stir to combine.

4

Partially cover pot, and let simmer on low for 6 hours.

To Make Meatballs
5

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.

6

In a large bowl, combine parmesan cheese, eggs, basil, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic powder until well combined.

7

Add ground beef to mixture, and mix together until fully combined.

8

Add breadcrumbs to bowl, and gently mix, until just combined.

9

Form into equal sized meatballs, and place in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.

10

Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on size of meatballs. Add meatballs to sauce.

How To Make Spaghetti Sauce In The Slow Cooker
11

Add milled tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese to the base of a slow cooker. Add 1-2 tbsp water to each can of tomatoes, and swirl around. Add to pot with tomatoes, and stir. In a small pan, add oil and garlic and cook for about two minutes, or until golden. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Stir in garlic/tomato paste mixture to tomatoes in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Ingredients

For The Sauce
 2 tbsp olive oil
 6 cloves garlic, minced
 ¼ cup tomato paste
 3 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
 3 28 oz cans tomato sauce
 1 28 oz can tomato puree
 1 pkg fresh basil, sliced
 1 ½ cups finely grated parmesan cheese
For The Meatballs
 1 lb ground beef
 1 egg
 ½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
 ½ tbsp garlic powder
 2 tsp salt
 1 tsp black pepper
 1 bunch italian parsley, minced
 ½ cup panko bread crumbs

Directions

To Make The Sauce
1

Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add garlic to pot and cook for about two minutes, or until golden. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute. 

2

With a food mill, puree the tomatoes, with their juice, into the pot. To save time milling tomatoes, buy strained tomatoes. For a chunkier sauce, just add crushed tomatoes to pot. Add 1-2 tbsp water to each can of tomatoes, and swirl around. Add to pot with tomatoes, and stir.

3

Add basil and parmesan to pot, and stir to combine.

4

Partially cover pot, and let simmer on low for 6 hours.

To Make Meatballs
5

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.

6

In a large bowl, combine parmesan cheese, eggs, basil, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic powder until well combined.

7

Add ground beef to mixture, and mix together until fully combined.

8

Add breadcrumbs to bowl, and gently mix, until just combined.

9

Form into equal sized meatballs, and place in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.

10

Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on size of meatballs. Add meatballs to sauce.

How To Make Spaghetti Sauce In The Slow Cooker
11

Add milled tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese to the base of a slow cooker. Add 1-2 tbsp water to each can of tomatoes, and swirl around. Add to pot with tomatoes, and stir. In a small pan, add oil and garlic and cook for about two minutes, or until golden. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Stir in garlic/tomato paste mixture to tomatoes in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Spaghetti & Meatballs

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