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Real Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce

Updated on October 30, 2014

Real Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce

The aroma alone fills the house with a mouth watering meal. It draws everyone into the kitchen to sample the meatballs. This recipe is to show you how to make a real spaghetti and meatball sauce.

Real Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce

Who doesn't like meatballs? Especially when they are swimming in a delicious tomato sauce. This was never a written recipe. It was made with "love" the way all older Italian mothers made it. It was just handed down from one generation to another, which is why I call it "Real Italian". But to put it on this Hub, I had to actually write down the recipes as I was making it and measure the ingredients.

My mother, who's family is from northern Italy, showed me how to make this before I was even married. My Sicilian mother-in-law had a hand in the meatball mix. Even my sisters showed me how to drop the raw meatballs right into the sauce without frying or baking them.

Spaghetti sauce, which is how we always called it, is very personal. If you don't like an ingredient or an herb, don't use it, or if you want a thicker sauce, cook it longer or if you want it thiner, cook it less. But, please use the basic recipe, I am here to show you how to make authentic meatballs with spaghetti sauce.

The aroma fills the house and draws in everyone to sample the meatballs before dinner. Usually almost half the meatballs would be missing. Spaghetti and meatballs (we said spaghetti no matter what pasta we were eating) were always served on Sunday afternoons and once during the week. My mother would get up really early on Sunday morning to have this sauce done before we went to church. Make your family happy and try this recipe. Mongia Buona!

Real Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce

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Cook Time

Prep time: 32 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 32 min
Yields: Enough for 2 lbs. of spaghetti or pasta

Ingredients

  • For the Meatballs: ingredients to follow
  • 2 lbs. hamburg
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cu seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino, Romano cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 1/2 tspn. fresh mint, chopped small or 3/4 tspn. of dried mint
  • To taste salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • For the Sauce: ingredients to follow
  • 1 (28oz.) can tomato puree
  • 2 (6oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 tblspn. fresh oregano, chopped or 1/2 tblspn. dried
  • 1 tblspn. dried basil, chopped
  • 2 dashes red pepper flakes
  • to taste salt and pepper
  • a pinch white sugar
  • 1 tblspn extra virgin olive oil
  • Fill half of the 28oz. can and 4 of the 6oz. cans with water

Instructions

  1. For the Sauce: Add the oil to a heated large pot. Add the garlic and simmer for 30 seconds, then add the rest of the sauce ingredients. Stir to make sure the tomato paste is completely dissolved. It's better for the sauce to start off on the thin side and let it cook down to be thick. You get more flavor that way. Turn stove up to medium.
  2. For the Meatballs: Mix the breadcrumbs and the milk together. Mix all the meatball ingredients (including the breadcrumbs and milk) together. Don't over mix or they will get hard.
  3. Make the meatballs and drop them right into the tomato sauce, you should get at least 21 meatballs. When they are all in the sauce, just push them down into the sauce. Don't stir the sauce yet, you will break up the meatballs. Simmer with a lid for 15 minutes then you could stir gently to bring up the thickened sauce from the bottom of the pot.
  4. Stir occasionally with lid on for about an hour.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you, Melissa for the visit and so nice comment.

      Blessings to you.

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 2 years ago from Tennessee, United States

      This is another wonderful recipe from your wonderful kitchen.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Pat, Thanks for thinking of me. Things have been hectic around my house the last 3 or 4 weeks. Some good, some not so good. I haven't had the time to work on HubPages like I wish to. Hope thing get back on tract, so don't give up on me. Thanks again.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Rachel

      Just checking in with you...have not seen you around HubPages for a bit and just want to make sure all is good with you and yours.

      Angels are headed your way this morning bringing you blessings ps

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      They say we eat with our eyes. That's what food pictures are supposed to do, make you hungry. lol Thanks for the visit.

      Blessings to you.

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Despite the fact that we eat spaghetti regularly, I have only made spaghetti and meatballs once. I should make them more often. You've made me hungry.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      We just had them tonight. I made a double batch and had enough in the freezer for a pound of ziti. Thanks for visiting.

      Blessings to you.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Funny, I have been thinking about making these lately. Thanks for the hub.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks Akriti, Nothing like pasta and meatballs.

      Blessings to you

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      This looks so so yummy. I'll have to prepare it now. Thanks for the recepie :)

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks, poetryman, short and to the point. lol I appreciate the visit.

      Blessings to you.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Love real, beautiful food!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Welcome to the club, honey!! lol

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      Cynthia Hoover 2 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      You are very welcome! There is a reason I am a little pudgy- I love food :)

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks Cynthia. I'm glad you like my meatballs and sauce.

      Blessings to yo.

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      Cynthia Hoover 2 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      Wow, I think I need to go get a snack! Looks so good!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks, rebeccamealey, for your kind comments, which are greatly appreciated. Thanks also for viewing my hubs.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks, "Celebrates". It is an authentic recipe, it's a combination of my mother, my mother in law and sisters, all of whom are Italian. I appreciate your comments.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      It looks and sounds scrumptious. Thanks for sharing what sounds like an old family recipe for sure!

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      Celebrates 2 years ago

      This looks like an excellent and authentic recipe. It is hard to find good Italian food anymore here where I live. I used to like to get cannelloni at a small restaurant but they went out of business.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks Peggy. You are right, every part of Italy has a different way of cooking; meatballs, spaghetti sauce, fish, lasagna, even pizza is different. Some like the sauce a little on the sweet side and some don't. There is not right or wrong, it's just the way you like it. That's why I say, it's very personal. You make it however you like it. There are basic ingredients for people who never made it before has something to go by. My mother and grandmother never put mint in their meatballs, but my Sicilian mother in law did. Just a little though, it goes a long way. Enjoy, enjoy!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I was given an authentic spaghetti and meatball sauce recipe that also came from Italy. It is quite different from this but then I am sure there are probably thousands of variations which are all good. The addition of mint makes yours quite different. Will have to give that a try sometime. For years we always ate this type of meal on Sundays and we aren't even Italian! Ha! Just got in the habit. Will pin to my pasta board.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you so much Eddy. I know I will enjoy your hubs too.

      thank you too Maalarue. I hope you do recipes, I would like to see some from Texas.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Mmm a great recipe and one for me to save. Now looking forward to many more by you Rachel.

      Eddy.

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      John Mark 2 years ago from Texas

      Makes my mouth water.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks Susan. Have a blessed day.

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      Wow... This looks so delicious and I wish I could taste it instantly.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks again. Sometimes I make them smaller and make meatball hoagies and if you make them real small you can add them to your soup.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Another recipe for my files. I have been making meatballs for another dish for years but have not used an Italian meatball recipe before. I can't wait to try these.

      Angels are again on the way ps

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks for the tip. I will do that. I do re-read everything before I publish it, but it was late and I guess I missed some. Thanks again.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      This sounds very tasty, and the photo makes my mouth water, but I suggest you re-read the text. I spotted quite a few typographical errors. Otherwise I good solid recipe. Thanks for sharing.