Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

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This is a recipe I got from my mother years ago -- it's great.

Servings per recipe: 6
Calories per serving: 349
Preparation time: 20m
Total cooking time: 2h 20m


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 1   In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and beaten egg. Mix well and form into 12 balls. Store, covered, in refrigerator until needed.
  • 2   In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 90 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, basil, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and meatballs and simmer 30 minutes more. Serve.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 21.2g 33%
    Saturated Fat 6.0g  
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 1492mg 60%
Potassium 1023mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 23.7g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4.5g 18%
Protein 18.9g 38%
Sugars 12g  
Vitamin A 825IU  
Vitamin C 33mg  
Calcium 140mg  
Iron 6mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 9mg  
Vitamin B6 1mg  
Magnesium 59mg  
Folate 46mcg