Italian Spaghetti Sauce With Meatballs

I’m going to be trying the below recipe for dinner, so thought I’d post it here on my blog in the absence of anything better. Yes, I know I have posted a pasta meatball recipe previously. However, I’m trying to find a recipe that suits me, isn’t too difficult to throw together, and also tastes great. Plus, my son loves pasta, and as I only cook for the two of us, I like to create dishes I know that he will like instead of slaving over something he will turn his nose up at.
So here goes…


1 pound lean ground beef                  1 cup fresh bread crumbs                   1 tablespoon dried parsley                  1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese                                                  1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder                1 egg, beaten 


3/4 cup chopped onion                        5 cloves garlic, minced                      1/4 cup olive oil                                     2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes                                                 2 teaspoons salt                                     1 teaspoon white sugar                       1 bay leaf                                                 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste           3/4 teaspoon dried basil                   1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 


Prep – 20 m

Cook – 2 h

Ready In – 2 h 20 m

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and beaten egg. Mix well and form into 12 balls. Store, covered, in refrigerator until needed.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 90 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, basil, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and meatballs and simmer 30 minutes more. Serve with cooked pasta.


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