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

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 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
Tomato Sauce:
Meatballs:

Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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

551 calories; protein 19.6g 39% DV; carbohydrates 61.7g 20% DV; fat 25.4g 39% DV; cholesterol 88.5mg 30% DV; sodium 399.8mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2009
This was the first time I have ever made meatballs. I was intrigued by the use of graham cracker crumbs in this recipe and thought I would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth texture and the flavor. However I was not overly impressed with the sauce. It was acceptable but next time I will probably use my own. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/16/2011
My son made most of this dish by himself with me a relief cook just jumping in when he needed it. I asked him to increase the garlic in the sauce to a few more minced cloves. There were no other changes made. The sauce was simple and meant to not overpower the meatballs which were obviously the star of this dish. My youngest boy was the only one who liked them. Everyone else thought they were oddly sweet and the grahams didn't pair well with the flavor of the parmesan. The graham flavor was really out of place with the homemade marinara. I appreciate the ease and playfulness of this dish and my son and I had fun making it together but it really wasn't a hit with all of us. I think the meatballs would have been better with a cream-based sauce (think swedish meatballs maybe) or even as BBQ meatballs? Read More
(28)
31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 3 stars
08/16/2011
My son made most of this dish by himself with me a relief cook just jumping in when he needed it. I asked him to increase the garlic in the sauce to a few more minced cloves. There were no other changes made. The sauce was simple and meant to not overpower the meatballs which were obviously the star of this dish. My youngest boy was the only one who liked them. Everyone else thought they were oddly sweet and the grahams didn't pair well with the flavor of the parmesan. The graham flavor was really out of place with the homemade marinara. I appreciate the ease and playfulness of this dish and my son and I had fun making it together but it really wasn't a hit with all of us. I think the meatballs would have been better with a cream-based sauce (think swedish meatballs maybe) or even as BBQ meatballs? Read More
(28)
Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2009
This was the first time I have ever made meatballs. I was intrigued by the use of graham cracker crumbs in this recipe and thought I would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth texture and the flavor. However I was not overly impressed with the sauce. It was acceptable but next time I will probably use my own. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2009
We loved the meatballs... they had a nice taste not to overwhelming. Will definately make them again Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2009
My first thought was "hmmmmmmm...graham crackers...." ---- but the meatballs were good! Both boys (7 9) loved them. Smooth taste. I added chopped onions and cracked pepper. WALNUT size stay consistent with the size Next time I will PRE-roll the meatballs so I can cook evenly. I didn't make the sauce so I am only rating the meatballs.(I use Paul Newman sockarooni) Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2010
This was excellent. The sweetness from the graham crackers wasn't overpowering but made this stand out. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2009
Super tasty! Will definitely make these again. They seemed a bit mushy when making them but they turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/13/2009
I used Cheese Itz instead of graham crackers cuz that's what I had and I found the consistency to be almost unmoldable. Maybe the graham crackers make the difference?? But I also used 16 oz of meat instead of the called for 8 oz so I dunno! I also used Motzerella cheese (again what was in the fridge) instead of parmesean. All in all they turned out very tasty not pretty but very good! Thanks! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2011
Just made the meatballs: I was worried they'd be too sweet so I made sure to get plain graham crackers (NOT honey or cinnamon) used a bit more meat some salt pepper minced onions and some fresh basil in the meat mixture. It was great and had more of a hint of sweet than an overpowering which definitely would have been the case if not for the changes I made. It smelled wonderful while baking too. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2010
My husband said these were the best meatballs I ever made and I've made a lot of meatballs! I bet they would be good as an appetizer in cocktail sauce too. thanks! Read More
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