I usually spend an afternoon preparing this and freeze leftovers in batches because it's that good. It will easily feed six or you can cut the entire recipe in half. Serve over your favorite spaghetti.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Sauce
Meatballs

Directions

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  • For the sauce, combine the chopped tomatoes, 2 cans tomato paste, tomato sauce, 4 teaspoons oregano, 2 teaspoons parsley, basil, 2 teaspoons sugar, salt, 6 cloves garlic, olive oil, and red wine in a large, heavy pot. Cover, and cook over medium heat until bubbling. Uncover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for at least one hour, stirring often.

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

  • Combine the meatloaf mix, corn flakes, eggs, 3 garlic cloves, Parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons tomato paste, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 2 tablespoons dried parsley, 1 tablespoon sugar, garlic salt, nutmeg, and black pepper in a large bowl. Mix well with a large fork. Form the meat mixture into 1 1/2 inch firm balls. Place the meatballs on the prepared pan.

  • Bake meatballs until browned and cooked though, about 20 to 30 minutes. Drop cooked meatballs into hot spaghetti sauce, and serve immediately.

Tips

Cooks Notes:

For light and tasty meatballs, use a fork to combine the meat mixture. Meatballs may be tough if over-worked with a spoon.

For the tastiest meatballs, be sure to use a good quality Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

416 calories; protein 26g; carbohydrates 40.2g; fat 18.5g; cholesterol 148.4mg; sodium 1849mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2010
I used fire-roasted tomatoes organic tomato sauce and paste homemade italian seasoning (I like a little more spice in my sauce) and I added half a pound of chopped mushrooms one diced red pepper and one chopped onion to the sauce that I sauteed in with the garlic in the olive oil before adding everything else. I used brown sugar instead of white in the sauce. Because I don't keep cornflakes on hand I used a mixture of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. I didn't need the full amount a half cup was plenty. I did not add sugar to the meatballs because there was sugar in the sauce. I also used homemade italian seasoning in the meatballs. The meatballs held up well but weren't my favorite. The sauce was pretty good and complimented the meatballs well. I liked that recipe baked the meatballs seperately so I could pour the grease off before adding them to the sauce. I think from now on I'll use a mixture of the beef pork and veal because that made for a great meatball. I liked the nutmeg too. It was different in a meat sauce but tasty. I don't think I'd add as much next time I think 1/4 of a teaspoon would be just right. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/18/2009
just okay.. The cinnamon is overpowering and seems out of place--I'd omit it altogether if I were to ever make this again. And we prefer the usual bread crumbs vs cornflakes in our meatballs. 1 Tb of sugar for 1 1/4 lb meat is too much--they were too sweet and the cornflakes gave a strange taste and texture. Read More
(19)
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
04/17/2009
just okay.. The cinnamon is overpowering and seems out of place--I'd omit it altogether if I were to ever make this again. And we prefer the usual bread crumbs vs cornflakes in our meatballs. 1 Tb of sugar for 1 1/4 lb meat is too much--they were too sweet and the cornflakes gave a strange taste and texture. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2010
I used fire-roasted tomatoes organic tomato sauce and paste homemade italian seasoning (I like a little more spice in my sauce) and I added half a pound of chopped mushrooms one diced red pepper and one chopped onion to the sauce that I sauteed in with the garlic in the olive oil before adding everything else. I used brown sugar instead of white in the sauce. Because I don't keep cornflakes on hand I used a mixture of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. I didn't need the full amount a half cup was plenty. I did not add sugar to the meatballs because there was sugar in the sauce. I also used homemade italian seasoning in the meatballs. The meatballs held up well but weren't my favorite. The sauce was pretty good and complimented the meatballs well. I liked that recipe baked the meatballs seperately so I could pour the grease off before adding them to the sauce. I think from now on I'll use a mixture of the beef pork and veal because that made for a great meatball. I liked the nutmeg too. It was different in a meat sauce but tasty. I don't think I'd add as much next time I think 1/4 of a teaspoon would be just right. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2010
The sauce was okay used it on spaghetti (added a big more sugar and italian seasoning). Didn't make the meatballs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2018
Awesome very good wouldn t change a thing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2017
Excellent meatball recipe. Will use again. Read More
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