Dee Dee's Italian Meatballs and Pasta

Diane Hopson Smith


I found an older model electric pasta machine in the box and like new for $8 in a thrift store. Previous owner(s) had obviously not used this machine very often. SCORE!

I couldn't wait to get home and play with this new gadget and I really wanted to make an impression with the 1st meal since I was making my own pasta.

I love it when I get: "this is one of the best if not the best italian dishes I can recall ever having" and that's what I got with this dish.

Ohhhh, You can still enjoy this meal even if you don't make your own pasta! Just use a pasta of your liking.

Hope you enjoy!

★★★★★ 2 votes
6 to 8
30 Min
1 Hr
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4 slice
bread, i used wheat
1 lb
italian sausage, mild
1 lb
ground beef
1/2 c
italian bread crumbs
1/2 c
parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp
basil, paste (can use fresh or dried)
2 tsp
garlic paste (or 2 cloves of garlic minced)
1 large
salt and pepper to taste
2 to 3 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin


3 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
1 large
onion, chopped
1 large
bell pepper, chopped
4 clove
garlic, chopped
1 tsp
red pepper flakes
1 tsp
fennel seed
(14.5-oz) cans diced tomatoes and juice
(8-oz) can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp
basil paste (can use fresh or dried)
1 tsp
italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
cooked spaghetti or pasta of choice
parmesan cheese

How to Make Dee Dee's Italian Meatballs and Pasta


  • 1Soak bread slices in milk; squeeze excess moisture out of bread. Combine bread and remaining ingredients together except for the olive oil; mix well. Form meatballs. I made 21 large meatballs using a 1/4 cup measuring cup. You can make any size you desire.
  • 2Heat olive oil in a large skillet over a medium heat; add meatballs and brown. Once browned, cover an reduce heat to low (just to keep warm). Prepare sauce.
  • 3SAUCE:
    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic; cook until tender.
  • 4Add red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper; stir. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat slighly and let simmer for 15 minutes covered. Remove lid and simmer another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to thicken.
  • 5Add meatballs to sauce, cover and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  • 6Plate up pasta, place 2 or 3 meatballs on top of spaghetti (or pasta of choice) and spoon sauce over top. Sprinkle with a little parmesan. Serve with a side salad and a fresh roll.

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About Dee Dee's Italian Meatballs and Pasta

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian

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