Prep 15m Cook 1h Additional - Ready In 1h 15m
Servings 8 servings Calories 571.9

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.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 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

Cooking Directions

  1. 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. 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. 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

  • Calories 571.9
  • Carbohydrate 80.1 g
  • Cholesterol 86.6 mg
  • Fat 17 g
  • Fiber 7.7 g
  • Protein 27.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 5 g
  • Sodium 1177.2 mg
  • Sugar 21.3 g


  1. Great spaghetti sauce - if you cut back on the sugar that is.... I cut it back to 3 Tbsp. and that was about right for us. I also used 2 cans of tomato paste and one 8 oz. can of tomato sauce. Instead of 1 cup of water I used half water and half - Read more ...
  2. There are MANY reviews/suggestions of this sauce...I read ALL of they are summed up for easy viewing: 1. Omit 3 cans tomato paste for 1 can tomato paste and 1 can tomato sauce (I used 15oz can). 2. Omit 1/2 cup of sugar for 1/4 cup sugar if you like it a little sweet - Read more ...
  3. When I told my carnivore hubby that I was making penne with marinara sauce he got upset and said "what no meat?" so I turned to allrecipes and found this excellent recipe!! I just poured my jar of marinara sauce in a saucepan followed these instructions for meatballs plopped them in the sauce and dinner - Read more ...
  4. The meatballs were really good but the sauce was way to sweet. Use alot less sugar and maybe one less can of the tomato paste. I made it as is will use the meatball recipe again.
  5. This rating is for the meatballs only. I used oatmeal instead of crumbs, but that is just preference. I can't believe how tender these come out when cooked in the sauce. Ingenious! Here's a tip I learned about meatballs... instead of rolling out each tedious one, try rolling a handfull of meat into a 1" - Read more ...
  6. I decided to give this recipe a try today, and I'm very glad I did. I followed the recipe, except for these changes based on the other reviews I read...I used only 3 tablespoons sugar, added an additonl cup water (my family likes a more gravy like sauce, not too thick) and browned the meatballs - Read more ...
  7. This was fantastic. I actually made many changes. I didn't make the sauce and just used the recipe for the meatballs. I made a pot of sauce (combination of store-bought jars)and I mixed the meatballs and made them into 2 inch balls. I baked them at 350 for 20 minutes. If you decide to do - Read more ...
  8. My husband and I really enjoyed these meatballs and sauce. They were very tender- sometimes my meatballs can be tough. Cooking them in the sauce must be the key. I cut way back on the sugar- only about a Tbsp. as we don't like sweet sauce. Also, I had to use dried oregano as my - Read more ...
  9. Overall great meatballs but too much sugar!! I'll use a tablespoon next time.
  10. Excellent recipe!! I only added 1/4 c of sugar, and that was still a bit sweet. I also added mushrooms and a few tablespoons of red wine. This gave it great flavor!