RO's Spaghetti and Meatballs


This is home-cooked comfort food that bring back all the pleasant memories of your childhood.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


Tomato Sauce:

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • chopped fresh basil


  • 8 ounces ground beef

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs

  • 2 eggs

  • grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 (12 ounce) package spaghetti

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • chopped fresh basil

  • grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic, onion, tomatoes, and 2 tablespoons chopped basil in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer gently for at least 40 minutes.

  2. While the sauce simmers, combine ground beef, graham cracker crumbs, eggs, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, parsley, and 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl. Mix well with clean hands, and shape into 20 walnut-size meatballs. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; fry meatballs until browned and cooked though, about 10 minutes. Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce, and simmer gently while boiling the pasta.

  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; stir in spaghetti. Cook the pasta until it has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well. Carefully toss the spaghetti with the sauce and meatballs. Serve, sprinkling each plate with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

551 Calories
25g Fat
62g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 551
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 33%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 22%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 18mg 91%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 556mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.