We added carrot and fresh garlic to this spaghetti sauce, and even made the meatballs healthier by using whole wheat breadcrumbs and fresh parsley. We suggest serving over the whole grain pasta of your choice.

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Ingredients

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

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  • Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 clove garlic, and beaten egg in a large bowl. Mix well and form into 12 balls. Store covered in refrigerator until needed.

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  • Cook and stir onion, 5 cloves garlic, and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until onions are translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar, and bay leaf. Cover with lid, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 60 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, basil, and meatballs. Simmer on low heat until meatballs are cooked through, about 30 minutes.

Editor's Note:

This recipe is a healthier version of Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs.

Nutrition Facts

374 calories; 20.7 g total fat; 81 mg cholesterol; 1552 mg sodium. 29.1 g carbohydrates; 21.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2012
Pretty tasty but I have to say I did not use 1/4 Cup olive oil. Even though it is a good for you fat it still packs a punch in calories. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/19/2016
This recipe is terrible. The meat balls don't hold together in the sauce. After an hour and a half of cooking there is not any sauce left. I needed a lot of modification to make it possible Read More
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2012
Pretty tasty but I have to say I did not use 1/4 Cup olive oil. Even though it is a good for you fat it still packs a punch in calories. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2012
Pretty tasty but I have to say I did not use 1/4 Cup olive oil. Even though it is a good for you fat it still packs a punch in calories. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2014
This is a very fresh tasting sauce and the meatballs are good. Before adding the meatballs crush any whole tomatoes that have not broken down. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2015
I made the recipe as instructed except used one and a half teaspoon salt and one half teaspoon sugar. I used 90% lean beef for the meatballs and doubled the meatballs recipe. When I tried to roll the meatballs, though; I was unable to obtain the right texture. Even though I used half the meatballs in the sauce, the meatballs took much longer than 30 minutes to cook through. Next time I will make a few changes: less olive oil, ground meat that is not so lean, italian seasoning for meatballs, and oregano for the sauce, and continue to use less sugar. The extra serving of meatballs I baked and saved for appetizers and sandwiches. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2016
Made this for VBS we were leaning on trying to make healthier dinners for the children. This was a big hit! I mean BIG. they loved it. They had no idea that I served it with veggie spaghetti. thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2016
Simply and delicious. Certainly a "go-to" recipe from now on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2016
fab recipe my 3 year old and her friends cleaned there plates! recommend highly x Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2015
Made this for my roommates and had rave reviews! The only thing I did differently was to add about 1/2 as much tomato paste as I prefer a thinner sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2015
The only thing I did different with this recipe is I didn't have plain breadcrumbs so I used Italian breadcrumbs. I have tried & failed several times in the past to make meatballs that pass the muster of my picky husband & son. This recipe is a hit & makes me happy that I can finally make meatballs that the whole family enjoys. Thanks!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2019
love how simple and delicious this recipe is! i added just a bit of red chili powder to give it a kick... my hubby loves this and keeps asking for me to make it again! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/19/2016
This recipe is terrible. The meat balls don't hold together in the sauce. After an hour and a half of cooking there is not any sauce left. I needed a lot of modification to make it possible Read More