The Best Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe There’s something about spaghetti and meatballs that brings people together. Whether it’s a family dinner or a potluck gathering, this classic dish is always a crowd favorite.

So why settle for store-bought spaghetti sauce and meatballs when you can make your own from scratch? Today I am sharing one of my favorite recipes that my mother taught me as a child.

Loved by young and old, not only is spaghetti and meatballs delicious, but they’re also fun to eat! Twirling your spaghetti around a fork followed by the satisfaction of sinking your teeth into a big juicy meatball smothered in a mouthwatering tomato sauce. Hmm, every bite is better than the last!

Trust me, after trying this homemade spaghetti and meatball recipe, you’ll never go back to the store-bought versions again. So, gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and let’s get cooking!

Bon appétit!

The BEST Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe _ Chef Jean-Pierre

Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

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Hello there friends, Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe today! This Spaghetti and Meatballs will be the best you will ever have. Do you know why? Because I'm half French and half Italian! Blending the two techniques together makes this recipe just amazing!
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Recipe Video

Recipe Ingredients


    Makes 2 cups

    • 4 slices Country White Bread crusts removed
    • 2 tablespoons Sundried Tomatoes roughly chopped
    • ¼ cup Italian Parsley Leaves


      Makes about 24 Balls depending on their size

      • 2 tablespoons Basil or Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      • 1 or 2 large Onions chopped, should have about 1 ½ to 2 cups raw onion
      • 1 lbs. lean Ground Beef 80/20
      • 1 lbs. Spicy Ground Italian Sausage
      • 2 cups Fresh Breadcrumbs
      • 1 tablespoon Garlic chopped
      • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese grated plus more to serve
      • 1 large Egg
      • 2 tablespoons Parsley chopped
      • 1 tsp Salt
      • ½ tsp Black Pepper
      • ¼ cup Buttermilk

      Marinara Sauce:

      • 1 tablespoon Basil or Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      • 1 cup Caramelized Onion (see Meatball Recipe) 
      • 1 tablespoon Garlic chopped
      • 1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme or Oregano chopped
      • 1/4 cup Tomato Pasta
      • 2 cups Tomato Puree
      • 15/20 Leaves of Basil cut into a fine chiffonade
      • 3 cans 28 Ounces each Peeled Tomatoes or a #10 Can (The Chef discard about 2 cups of the tomato water in the cans)

      Recipe Instructions

      For the Breadcrumbs:

      • Using a food processor chop all ingredients until well blended.

      For the Meatballs:

      • Sauté the onion until light golden brown and reserve ½ of them for the sauce.
      • In a large enough bowl, mix all the ingredients until well blended.  Do not overmix.
      • Make the balls as the Chef did in the video.
      • Refrigerate the balls for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.  It will be easier for you to form them into nice balls.
      • In a sauté pan heat about 2 tablespoons olive oil and when hot add the balls and roll them in the pan until nicely golden brown on all sides.  Do not add too much at the same time.  This would make hard to get them golden brown.
      • Add them to the sauce and cook them slowly for about 45 minutes to one hour.

      For the Marinara Sauce:

      • In a Dutch oven or a large pot, add some olive oil and when hot add the onion.
      • Add all the other ingredients like the Chef did in the video.

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