Mamma Mia, Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs!

Megan Berg


These meatballs and spaghetti sauce always get rave reviews when served to new friends and faces. It's not a difficult recipe, but it does take a few hours to make. It's totally worth it when your whole house is filled with the aroma of fresh tomato and spices!

NOTE: The sauce is delicious even without the meatballs cooked in it. Since the meatballs aren't added until the sauce is already completed, it's easy to create a vegetarian-friendly version of this recipe by skipping over the meatballs! (Even vegan-friendly by skipping the Parmesan and choosing your ingredients carefully)


★★★★★ 3 votes

2 Hr 30 Min
2 Hr



  • 2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 2 large
  • 1 clove
    garlic, crushed or pressed
  • 1 medium
    onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c
    breadcrumbs (italian seasoned or plain)
  • 1/2 c
    grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp
    minced (or dried) parsley

  • 1 large
    onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c
    grated parmesan
  • 4 can(s)
    crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped (or dried) parsley
  • 2-3
    bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp
    dried basil
  • 1/2 c
    dry red wine (i typically use a shiraz)
  • 2 Tbsp
    dried oregano
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced or pressed

How to Make Mamma Mia, Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs!


  1. Combine ALL meatball ingredients into a large bowl. Mix well. Roll into tightly packed balls, approximately 2 inches in diameter. Fry over medium heat until browned on all sides. Place aside on a plate or pan.
  2. In a large pot or saucepan, sauté onion in olive oil until soft. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes longer.
  3. Add parsley, bay leaves, basil, and oregano. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir well, simmering for at least 30 minutes.
  5. *If you are cooking meatballs* Carefully drop the browned meatballs into the sauce. Simmer for at least 90 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning on the bottom of the pot.

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About Mamma Mia, Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs!

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Regional Style: Italian

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