Mama's Spaghetti and Meatballs

Cathy Smith


My mother was NOT Italian but she made a heck of a spaghetti and meatballs. Sometimes I just saute 1 pound hamburger and 1 pound Sweet Italian sausage and just make meat sauce as is pictured but I have included the meatball recipe. Growing up I loved her 'sketti' so much, I used to spoon some on bread and slice up a couple of meatballs to make a 'sammich' for lunch till they were all gone. She did not make them often cause it had to simmer for so long and that was before crock pots so I never let it go to waste.

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20 Min


6 Hr


Stove Top


1 can(s)
(12 ounce) tomato paste
1 can(s)
(3 ounce) tomato paste
1 can(s)
tomato soup
1-2 c
water (see note)
4 clove
garlic or 2 teaspoons garlic powder
bay leaf
1 tsp
oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh
1 tsp
basil or 1 tablespoon fresh
1 Tbsp
parsley or small handful of chopped fresh
1 tsp
kosher salt or 3/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 tsp
1-2 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp
dried minced onion or 1/2 small fresh onion diced
1 bunch
sliced mushrooms, optional
1 lb
spaghetti cooked al dente or as desired


1 lb
ground beef
1 lb
ground italian sausage, i use sweet but can use hot if preferred
1/2 c
bread crumbs
eggs, slightly beaten
3 clove
garlic, crushed
small onion diced
1 tsp
kosher salt or 3/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
1 Tbsp
parsley dried
3 Tbsp
grated parmesan cheese
2 oz
finely chopped prosciutto

Directions Step-By-Step

Saute onions in olive oil for maybe 5 minutes till translucent. Add mushrooms and saute just a couple of minutes. Add these and all ingredients except pasta to crock pot. Add sauteed ground meat or meatballs and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve over pasta with plenty of freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Meatballs: Mix all ingredients together and shape into 1-2 inch meatballs. Add them to sauce.
Crock-pots were not around until after my mama passed away. She did not make spaghetti often because it needed to be simmered for 4-5 hours and she had to keep a watchful eye and add water as needed. Today I use a crock-pot and cook it on low all day. I use as much water as I need to make it the right consistency. So the amount of water will vary greatly between stove top and crock-pot. The above pictured was made with just browned ground beef but the meatballs that go with it is fantastic.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtag: #crockpot