Spaghetti and Meatballs With Cheesy Garlic Bread

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Spaghetti and meatballs with cheesy garlic bread and salad.
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Thick Spaghetti Sauce

If you like a thick and meaty spaghetti sauce, you're going to love this recipe. The meatballs that are in this sauce were precooked, frozen, and store bought. Included below is a recipe for homemade meatballs.



Served with cheesy garlic bread and a side salad.


4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Spaghetti Meal

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: Serves 4-6 people

Ingredients for the spaghetti sauce

  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 25 small Italian meatballs
  • 1 large can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 stalks of celery
  • 1 medium-large onion
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbs. of vegetable oil

Spices

  • Fresh ground pepper
  • ½ tsp. of dried thyme leaves
  • ½ tsp. of dried basil
  • ½ tsp. of dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 4-5 dashes of hot sauce


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Making the spaghetti sauce

In a frying pan cook the ground beef.

While the ground beef is cooking chop the celery, onion and green pepper. Peel and thinly slice the garlic cloves.

Once the ground beef is cooked drain the fat and put aside.

Heat meatballs according to package instructions.

In the bottom of a large pot add vegetable oil and heat on medium-high. Add onion, celery, green pepper and garlic. Cook and stir for five minutes.

To the pot add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and spices. Stir well. Add the ground beef and meatballs. Bring sauce to where it's just starting to boil and turn burner to simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes.

At this point you can serve over cooked pasta noodles or cover and set aside until you're ready to eat.

Serve with Parmesan cheese.


Variations

Normally I would add fresh mushrooms to this sauce.

This spaghetti dish can be made with or without the meatballs.

You can add more garlic or less garlic depending on what you like.

Most spaghetti sauce recipes call for tomato paste. I find that the sauce was thick enough without adding the paste.

If you don't have diced tomatoes on hand, canned whole or plum tomatoes can be used.


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Cheesy Garlic Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of Italian or French bread
  • ¼ cup of butter or margarine
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup of either cheddar or your favorite type of cheese.


Making the Cheesy Garlic Bread

  • Turn oven on broil setting and place oven rack on second from the top.
  • Peel garlic cloves and cut in half.
  • In a small bowl add softened butter or margarine.
  • Press garlic into the butter or margarine and mix well.
  • Slice bread in half down the center as shown in picture and spread the garlic butter onto the bread.
  • Grate cheese and sprinkle on top of the garlic butter.
  • Place under broiler until cheese is melted and bread browned.
  • Slice and serve.



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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you CloudExplorer.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Awesome Recipe Susan, thanks for sharing it, I located it on Piterest thanks to sharynsslant, from our Pinboard Sharing Group on facebook.

You have surely made me hungry now, so I must run off to take a networking break to eat me some yummy food, thanks for the encouragement, LOL. Voted upper & out oh and I already repinned it too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much Sharon.

Brian, Thanks. I chose to make them smaller so that they would line up in that section of the hub.


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

Hey Susan love the easy to follow steps you have provided. Also like the pictures, how come the ones at the side of the spaghetti sauce look smaller than normal? Voted up georgeous, georgeous. :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Susan ~ your recipe hubs always look so wonderful. I am now craving spaghetti and garlic bread. If I had some, I would eat it right now with my coffee at 8:30 a.m. Voted, shared and pinned!!!

Sharyn


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Susan, What a shame that your dad was allergic to garlic. Thanks for visiting and for the votes.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Susan

Another delicious hub. I remember when I was growing up my dad would make spaghetti sauce every Sunday. :) We never had garlic bread though because he was allergic to garlic.

Voted up and awesome.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Prasetio, Thank you. Glad you liked this recipe and I hope that your mom does too.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love spaghetti. I am found delicious recipes from you, especially the spaghetti sauces. "Cheesy Garlic Bread" was so yummy. I can't wait to show this hub to my mom. Susan, do you have some more for me? you make me hungry, now! Good job and rated up!

Prasetio


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ardie, I don't know roast beef sounds pretty good to me. Let's trade :)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

My mouth is watering and I no longer want to eat the roast beef I've been smelling from my slow cooker all day. I want spaghetti!!! :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daffy, Very simple to make, and thanks.


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

That sounds so good. I love spaghetti! It's such a simple, and fast, food to make.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

drjb, Thank you, hope you enjoy it.

Ruby, The meatballs were store bought ones, but homemade meatballs are easy to make. I've made this sauce with ground turkey before and it comes out pretty good.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love spaghetti. I have never made meatballs. It looks simple and i will try making them. You always make me hungry when i see your recipes..Thank you Susan..


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Nice simple, easy recipe, Susan, so you know I'll have to try it. Spaghetti and meatballs are among my favorites so thanks for sharing this.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

moonlake, I don't normally put both ground beef and meatballs in the sauce but I thought I'd give a try and was happy that I did.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

barbergirl, You can whip it up in no time :) Hope you enjoy it and thanks.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Alicia, Thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Joan, I love anything that has garlic in it. I'll even eat garlic raw I enjoy the taste of it so much.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cardisa, Thank you so much. What an awesome compliment!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dave, I know, I know ... store bought meat balls. I usually make my own but was running low on time and my husband bless his heart bought all these pkg.s of meat balls that were on sale. I think I have seen your sauce but will have another look.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruchira, I used to use Ragu too, but then I found out how easy it was to make my own. I won't even look at a jar of Ragu anymore :) Thank you again.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I use to always make my spaghetti sauce but I don't anymore. Your sauce sounds really good. I have never thought of putting ground beef and meastball on our spaghetti. You taught me something new. Good recipe hub. UP VOTE


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Oh so yummmy!!! Although I will admit, I have never seen celery in spaghetti sauce before. This actually looks really easy to do... which I have always thought spaghetti sauce was a long and difficult process. Well done! Gonna have to try this!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This sounds delicious, Susan. I especially like the recipe for cheesy garlic bread. Hot cheese and garlic on bread sounds like a wonderful combination! Thanks for the recipes.


Joan Whetzel 4 years ago

I've done something similar with the cheesy garlic bread. My kids loved it growing up. Now my oldest granddaughter loves it. My younges granddaughter is only 10 months old. So, as soon as she's old enough, we're gonna try her out on it as well.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I am screaming silently and saying YAY and clapping. In this hub you have outdone yourself. It's not much different from your other recipes because you always do great, it's the layout that has me whipped! I like the simple separators and how you introduced the recipe. This is so great! Loved it. I usually love to make my own meatballs and sauce from scratch. Thanks for sharing this!


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Susan this sounds really good, but really girl, store bought meatballs? I'd rather make my own. check out my sauce in my hub.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Seriously, Susan I would be using Ragu too. Making sauce would be tedious and have never tried it. Maybe other time..since, the end product of your sauce definitely looks ravishing.

btw..the pix are clicked well :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, My son once asked me to add sugar to my sauce because his GF's mother made hers with sugar. I tried it and hubby said to me, "What did you do to the sauce, it tastes different?" When I told him he asked that I not do it again. I thought it tasted okay but I preferred it without the sugar.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Frank, All you have to do is ask :)

Ruchira, Thank you.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I am looking forward to trying this - I usually use Ragu - I've made my own sauce before - but you had to simmer it and stir it and talk real nice to it for like hours! It was Suoer sweet too I remember - even cutting the sugar down didn't help. This looks really manageable and you are my go to girl for the recipes - my family always loves them! Thank you:)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

love it susan. I would substitute the meat balls and the rest is good :)

thanks for a wonderful menu!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Thank you Susan for expanding my collection of your recipes.. yeah up and awesome and if I should ever have a problem with one of these delights.. I will Just Ask Susan...yeah?

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