The Best Spaghetti with Meatballs and Meat Sauce

My family and I love spaghetti and meatballs. However, dining out with three kids can be… well, a bit stressful. It’s also not ideal when you’re on a budget. I used to buy pre-made frozen meatballs from the supermarket (even Costco or Trader Joe’s), but they just never tasted that good to me. So I set out on a quest to make the perfect-tasting meatball. I believe I’ve finally discovered the right blend of ingredients that will create the best-tasting, restaurant-quality-but-made-in-your-own-kitchen-so-you-dont-have-to-take-your-crazy-children-to-an-italian-restaurant meatball. They are so yummy and I would love to share them with you today. Please comment and let us know what you think of our recipe. And to make it even easier to prepare, I use my Kitchen-Aid mixer.


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There are two (2) recipes below: one is for the meatballs and the second is for the meat sauce – in case you just want to make one or the other. Bon apetit!


Joey’s Meatballs Recipe

  • 1 lb Ground Beef (85/15)
  • 1 small-medium Onion
  • 3-5 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • .5 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • .25 cup Milk (whole or 2%)
  • .25 cup Chopped Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  1. Pre-heat the oven for 350 degrees
  2. Add the ground beef to your KitchenAid bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and let the KitchenAid Stand Mixer do the mixing for you (if you don’t have a KitchenAid, you can just use your hands to mix the ingredients).
  4. Once everything is well mixed, remove the attachment and bring out a cookie sheet preferably with a silicone pad on it.
  5. Use your hands to create balls and place them on the silicone pad.
  6. Bake meatballs in the oven for about 25 minutes or until they are golden brown with the juices bubbling under each ball.
  7. Remove them from the oven and add then to your favorite tomato sauce or enjoy them by themselves or in a sandwich

Joey’s Meat Sauce Recipe

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 small Onion (Finely chopped)
  • 2-4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • .5 cup Red Wine (Merlot)
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • .25 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 14.5-oz. can Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 8-oz. cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  1. Start by a adding the olive oil to a deep saucepan on medium to high heat
  2. Add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes
  3. Add the ground beef and use a wooden spoon to separate the ground beef so as to get crumbles and not big pieces of cooked meat
  4. Add the salt and pepper to the raw meat
  5. Stir frequently until the meat gets browned
  6. Add the red wine
  7. Add the garlic powder, basil, and oregano
  8. Mix well and continue to stir for about 2-3 minutes
  9. Add the can of diced tomatoes and evenly distribute
  10. Add the 3 cans of tomato sauce. Add a little water if the sauce seems too thick
  11. Stir the sauce for another minute and lower the heat to low and cover the pan for about 10 minutes

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