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Spaghetti and meatballs recipe

Spaghetti with Homemade Meatballs

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Cuisine Italian


Ingredients for Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

  • 2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce can
  • 1 60z can of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground Black pepper
  • sugar(for taste)

Spaghetti and Meatball ingredients

  • 2 pounds of Ground Beef
  • 1 pack Barilla, thin spaghetti
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • Adobo seasoning
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Bread


Spaghetti Homemade Sauce

  • First, we're going to make our homemade spaghetti sauce. We need to combine our 1 can of tomato paste and 2 cans of tomato sauce  into a bowl.
  • Then, you will begin to mix in the other ingredients; add in 2 tablespoons of oregano, 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 tablespoon of garlic salt, 1/2 tsp of freshly ground pepper, and sugar for taste.
  • Next,  you will stir your paste and sauce together until there are no lumps.
  • The amount of sugar, depends on the tanginess of your sauce. If you prefer a tangier sauce, use less sugar.
  • Continue to stir until all ingredients are blended together within the sauce. Once you've finished set your sauce aside and begin to chop your bell pepper.
  • Personally, I've always loved the taste of a green bell pepper in my spaghetti sauce. I think it gives it  an extra pop of flavor.  I always wash my vegetables and then I begin to chop and dice my bell pepper.

Preparing the Ground Beef

  • After I finish  dicing my bell pepper, I cook my ground beef in a large pan on high heat. I want to make sure the meat is thoroughly cooked.
  • Once your meat begins to brown, you will add in your diced  green bell pepper. 
  • I add in a few extra spices such as Adobo seasoning, salt, and pepper to season my meat.
  • After your meat has completely cooked, add the spaghetti sauce that you made earlier. Allow your sauce to simmer on low heat, until you're ready for your meatballs.

Making the Homemade Meatballs

  • First, place your one pound of ground beef into a bowl.
  • Then, add in your ingredients. I like to use whole wheat bread and crumble it into a bowl.
  • After you add your bread, add 1 cup of milk, 3 eggs,and  pepper. I also like to add chopped green bell pepper into my meatballs, but that's optional.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and continue to roll your meatballs, and place them in a dish. Allow your meatballs to cook for about 25-30 minutes.
  • After your meatballs have beautifully browned, add them to your meat sauce.
  • Now, you're going to cover them in your homemade sauce. Continue to allow your meat sauce and meatballs to simmer on low, until ready to serve.

Preparing the Spaghetti Noodles

  • I add a little olive oil and salt  to my water. When your water begins to boil add your noodles.
  • I use Barilla Thin Spaghetti, and I never ever break my noodles.
  • You will cook your spaghetti noodles until they're el dente (tender).
  • Then, you're going to drain your spaghetti noodles, never wash them.
  • Now they're ready to be served with your homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs.
Keyword Spaghetti and Homemade Meatballs