Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 med. onion, chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
  • ½ C fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cans (28 oz. ea.) pureed tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 can (16 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Pioneer® Sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1-2 C starchy water*
  • ¼ C grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


  • 1 lb. ground round or chuck
  • ¼ lb. ground pork
  • ½ C Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped or minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ C grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • ¼ C milk


  • 1 lb. Spaghetti or Angel Hair pasta, cooked
  • 2 C reserved starchy water (from cooked pasta)

Sauce Directions

  1. In a large sauce pan, sauté onion in olive oil until soft. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add basil, pureed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, Pioneer® Sugar, salt and pepper to taste, and cheese; stir. Simmer over low heat.

Meatball Directions:

  1. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add beef, pork, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, parsley and egg. Mix with your hands to incorporate everything together. Add cheese and milk. Mix well. Pinch off 2 tablespoons and roll into a ball; set aside and continue with the rest of the meat.
  2. In a frying pan, brown the meatballs. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain off any excess fat.
  3. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for about an hour, loosely covered.

Spaghetti Directions:

  1. About 20 minutes before the hour is up, heat water in a large pot. When it comes to a boil, add the spaghetti and cook for 7-10 minutes. Reserve at least 2 cups of starchy water before draining.
  2. Remove the meatballs from the sauce, keep warm. IF the sauce is too thick add the starchy water; blend in one-half cup at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
  3. Serve meatballs and sauce over spaghetti and enjoy!
Spaghetti and Meatballs
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