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Pasta and Meatballs

Updated: May 30

Quick weeknight version of my 8 hour sauce!

"Nothing beats a classic! This recipe for Meatballs and Marinara Sauce is one of my go-to dishes that never fails to satisfy everyone at the table."

Pasta and Meatballs

Servings – 4 Prep Time – 20 Minutes Cook Time – 30 Minutes



  • 1 lb. ground beef, you can also substitute the ground beef with a combination of beef, pork and veal

  • 1/2 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs

  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 2 eggs, beaten

Marinara Sauce

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 3/4 cup yellow onion, chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 28-oz. can San Marzano style chopped tomatoes in puree

  • 1 28 oz. can San Marzano style crushed tomatoes

  • 1 small can Italian tomato paste

  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley

  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 12 torn basil leaves


  • 1lb box of your favorite pasta, follow directions on the box



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine all meatball ingredients and mix well. Using a small 1 1/2-inch scoop, form balls.

Place the meatballs on the prepared sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping the meatballs halfway through.

Remove from oven and add to marinara sauce to finish cooking.

Marinara Sauce

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, stirring often, about 3-4 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly.

Add all the remaining ingredients except the basil leaves and stir until well combined.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the torn basil leaves and the meatballs and continue to cook until meatballs are warmed through. About 15 -30 minutes.

Serve over your spaghetti, vermicelli, fettucini, penne, rigatoni, or your favorite style pasta, sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese with a side of fresh crusty Italian bread!

Nutrition: Sauce and Meatballs Only

Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 1240mg | Potassium: 562mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 5mg

"Spaghetti and Meatballs is a classic Italian dish that never disappoints!"

CWT is not a certified dietician or nutritionist. Any nutritional information shared on this site is an estimate counted through measurements and package nutritional information used in each recipe. If calorie, macro counting and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend running the ingredients through your choice of nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary depending on national brands used per recipe.

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