I have been making this spaghetti recipe, from a dear family friend, for over 25 years. It is by far the best homemade sauce and meatballs we have ever had. I've also just fried the beef and added it to the sauce, then used it to make lasagna.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
3 hrs
3 hrs 15 mins
10 servings


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Combine tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato paste, onion, parsley, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, thyme, and cloves in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and let simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  • Meanwhile, combine beef, crackers, eggs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley, and thyme in a bowl. Form into large meatballs and place into a broiler pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until browned and no longer pink in the centers, about 30 minutes.

  • Transfer meatballs to sauce and continue to simmer, 2 to 2 1/2 hours more.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain.

  • Serve sauce and meatballs over cooked spaghetti.

Cook's Note:

You can use 1 teaspoon garlic salt instead of fresh garlic, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

384 calories; protein 23.4g; carbohydrates 47.6g; fat 11.2g; cholesterol 85.9mg; sodium 759.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Great recipe! I added some garlic to the sauce as well, but otherwise made exactly as described. It was a hit! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I followed the recipe to a T, substituted the garlic clove for garlic salt, like it said at the end. It had bit of a kick with the red pepper flakes, so I will use less next time. I loved it!! Read More