When there's time to simmer, this hearty sauce and home-style meatballs make a memorable main course, Dawnetta McGhee of Lewiston, Idaho suggests.

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25 mins
3 hrs
3 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a Dutch oven, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add the next seven ingredients; mix well. Simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/2 hours. Meanwhile, combine beef, pork and cracker crumbs in a large bowl. Add the eggs, garlic, Parmesan cheese and oregano; mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls; brown in a skillet, turning once. Add to sauce; simmer, uncovered 1-1/2 hours longer. Serve over spaghetti.


Nutrition Facts

562 calories; protein 28.4g; carbohydrates 36.5g; fat 35.3g; cholesterol 207.1mg; sodium 2311.1mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (55)

Rating: 5 stars
I usually think that opening a can of spaghetti sauce is much easier and equal in taste to that of homemade, I was so very wrong. I followed the recipe completely only adding two more cloves of garlic. The meatballs were fantastic, my 8 and 5 year old boys, loved the meat which is an amazing feat! I made a double batch and froze half, even if it is half as good as it was fresh it is well worth the time spent to make it! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I really like this recipe. The only altering I did was add a can of diced tomatoes to add a bit of texture. I also added about 1/2 cup red wine that I had on hand. My whole family loved it, and the leftovers the next night were even better. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
All I have to say is that this was the best Spaghetti and Meatballs I have every had in my life. I will never buy a jar of spaghetti sauce again. I made mine in my slow cooker and is was awesome. The only thing I changed was the ground pork. I used ground turkey instead and it was awesome! Be sure to take the time and brown the outside of the meat balls. It keeps them so moist and flavorful! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is the best recipe for meatballs. I dont eat pork so I left that out. I didnt measure anything and put a little hot pepper flakes in to make it a bit spicy. The meatballs didnt even fall apart. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
This sauce, and the meatballs, fell flat. I'm still looking for an excellent recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe was wonderful! I didn't have any saltines so substituted fresh breadcrumbs. The meatballs were very tender and the sauce was rich and delicious. All 4 of my children gave it the thumbs up. I'd certainly make it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Really good. I used cans of diced tomatoes. Browned the meatballs in a skillet, then baked them until done. Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
The sauce was the texture of a pizza sauce. It was okay, but the family doesn't want it fixed again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
As is, this is a good recipe, but i always add tons of veggies in the beginning of any spaghetti I make, from scratch or not. I added about a large carrots worth of finely chopped carrot, a HUGE onion (diced), 2 stalks of diced celery, and a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic. Sauteed all until the onions were translucent then nestled a bay leaf into the mix before sprinkling on half a tbsp of marjoram and a half tbsp of oregano. Instead of the tomato puree, i used two 15 ounce cans of diced roasted tomatoes, one 10 oz can of tomato sauce, and one 8 oz can of tomato paste (these items were what i had on hand and i really could not be bothered going to the store). Simmered sauce alone for about 2 hours, then made up the meatballs, sans pork. The only complaint I have is that the meatballs were extremely mushy when assembly time came, probably because I didn't add in the pork. Next time I will only use three eggs. The problem was totally on me. Either way, after simmering the meat and sauce together for another 2-3 hours, everything came together in one of the most harmonious bowls of spaghetti I've ever made, and I'm normally NOT a fan of meatballs. Thank you for posting this recipe; it will def be my go to. Read More