Spaghetti and meatballs dinner

Creating a classic Spaghetti and Meatballs dinner is a wonderful way to bring a taste of Italian-American cuisine into your home. This meal is comforting, filling, and always a hit with families. Below is a detailed recipe for making spaghetti and meatballs from scratch, including a homemade tomato sauce that complements the meatballs perfectly.


For the Meatballs:

  • Ground beef: 1 pound
  • Ground pork: 1/2 pound (for added flavor and tenderness)
  • Breadcrumbs: 1 cup (fresh breadcrumbs work best)
  • Parmesan cheese: 1/2 cup, freshly grated
  • Garlic: 2 cloves, minced
  • Eggs: 2, beaten
  • Parsley: 1/4 cup, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Milk: A splash (to moisten the breadcrumbs)

For the Tomato Sauce:

  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Onion: 1 large, finely chopped
  • Garlic: 3 cloves, minced
  • Crushed tomatoes: 2 cans (28 ounces each)
  • Tomato paste: 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar: 1 teaspoon (to cut the acidity)
  • Basil: 1/2 cup fresh, or 1 tablespoon dried
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

For Serving:

  • Spaghetti: 1 pound, cooked al dente
  • Parmesan cheese: Additional, for serving
  • Fresh basil: Chopped, for garnish


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large pot or Dutch oven
  • Baking sheet
  • Pasta pot
  • Colander


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