Jenn's Out Of This World Spaghetti and Meatballs


This authentic spaghetti and meatballs recipe is made with fresh oregano and parsley. Because the meatballs are cooked in the sauce, they are tender and savory.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • ¾ cup chopped onion

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

  • 3 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh oregano, divided

  • 1 dried bay leaf

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 pound ground round

  • ½ cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked spaghetti


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, and cook the onion until lightly brown. Mix in 2 cloves garlic, and cook 1 minute. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, sugar, 1/2 the oregano, and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer while preparing meatballs.

  2. In a bowl, mix the ground round, bread crumbs, remaining oregano, remaining garlic, parsley, eggs, and cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Roll into 1 inch balls, and drop into the sauce. Cook 40 minutes in the sauce, or until internal temperature of meatballs reaches a minimum of 160 degrees F (72 degrees C).

  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil, and stir in the spaghetti. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the cooked spaghetti.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

572 Calories
17g Fat
80g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 572
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 1177mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 80g 29%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 30mg 149%
Calcium 164mg 13%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 1282mg 27%

* 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.

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