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A pot of meatballs in tomato sauce and parsley
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Homemade Meatballs in Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti, one of my favourite Italian dishes, and without a shadow of a doubt one of the best dishes I have ever cooked. Comforting, super easy to make, and so delicious, this is the ultimate comfort food that goes down well with the whole family. The beef meatballs are cooked to perfection, and the tomato sauce is rich and seasoned so well. Serve them with plenty of parmesan for the best Italian experience.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian dishes
Servings: 15 meatballs
Calories: 101 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
For the meatballs
  • 500 g minced beef
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
For the tomato sauce
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes (2x 400g - 2x13oz)
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tbsp parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste, plus parsley to garnish
  1. Place the minced beef in a large bowl, together with the finely chopped onion and garlic, salt, pepper and parmesan.

  2. Shape 15 balls out of the mixture.

  3. Heat up a frying pan and add the oil. Fry the meatballs gently for a few minutes. They will not be cooked through, we just want a bit of colour.

  4. In a large saucepan, add the chopped tomatoes and beef stock and throw in meatballs. Season with salt and pepper, and add the parmesan too.

  5. Leave to cook on a medium heat until the meatballs are cooked and the tomato sauce thickens.

  6. To serve, add spaghetti to a plate and top with the meatballs and sauce and sprinkle with parmesan and chopped parsley if you like.
Recipe Notes
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Nutrition Facts
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 143mg6%
Potassium 130mg4%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.