Spaghetti and Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed with some kosher salt to make a paste
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans plum tomatoes and their juices, pureed in a blender
  • 1 (16-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small bunch Italian parsley
  • 1 Cubano chile pepper, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 recipe Meatballs, recipe follows
  • 1 recipe Spaghetti, recipe follows
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Meatballs:
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped and sauteed
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 cup pure olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Spaghetti:
  • 12 cups water
  • Salt
  • 1 pound #8 or #9 spaghetti
  • Freshly grated Parmesan
Directions

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add pureed tomatoes with their juices, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, bay leaf, parsley, Cubano pepper, and bring to a boil. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes. Add meatballs and let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and meatballs are tender. Remove the bay leaf.

Add enough sauce to the drained pasta (that has been returned to the pot) to coat and continue cooking briefly, just until pasta is well combined with sauce. Serve pasta with meatballs on top and garnished with fresh basil.

Meatballs:

Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl, except olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls. Heat the oil in large saute pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, fry meatballs, in batches as needed, until golden brown, but not cooked through completely. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.

Spaghetti:

Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente. Drain well in a colander, return to pot, and toss with sauce. Serve with meatballs and Parmesan on top.


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this is really good. I did modify it a little, not much, by adding red pepper flakes just before the onions were soft and Italian spices (about 12 shakes when I put in all the tomatoes. overall, the outcome was great. I also only used ground beef for the meatballs because that was all I had. I also added some fresh basil from my garden to the meatballs themselves and it came out great. thanks Bobby for the great recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been using this recipe for years. Had to find it again so I could reprint because I had used it so much. This makes a great meatloaf as well!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making these meatballs for years and they are always a hit! First time baking them and it made the recipe that much more simpler! Thanks urlucky2 for the tip! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only made the meatballs and they were fabulous. I didn't want fried, so I baked them at 400 for 11 minutes. I will definitely make them again item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were good - but nothing I''m going to make again. Following the directions without any changes, no one complained about supper but neither was there much raving going on. If your goal is a nice simple tomato sauce that is better than the stuff in a jar and a tender meatball, this is the recipe for you. If you are looking for lots of flavor and wow factor, keep searching. On the plus side, this was extremely simple to make and made the house smell good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is delicious. My family said it was the best spaghetti and meatballs they ever ate. They thought it was much better than any restaurant. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and tasty, took longer then expected, but worth it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Cubanelle Peppers are a variety of peppers that are also known as Italian Frying Peppers, they are long, thin, light green and curl at the ends. My Sicilian Mother in Law stuffs them, they are mild yet very tasty and are not as green tasting as regular green peppers. They are a perfect touch to any italian recipe. I live in a very Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY and use these peppers often. Cubanelle is just the variety name. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good.... not great! I agree with reviewer Jenerative of Atlanta, Bobby should provide alternatives. Cubano peppers are not available in my super markets either. I deduct 1 star in my grading for doing that. Also, I agree with reviewer jerryplatt of Hopewell Junction about the need to add sauteed onions to make these meatballs sing! BTW, What is RUDYSPICE ? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best and easiest sauce and meatballs ever! I have made hundreds and thousands of meatballs... but these were super simple and very tasty when finished off in the tomato sauce. It's a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe calls for adding a cup of water that brought down the taste factor. I like Bobby Flay's meatball recipe the best. The only thing that he doesn't reccomend is adding sauteed onions which I normally do that gives it a little sweetness that brings it over the edge with raving reviews from my three sons and their girlfriends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For a great Spaghetti Sauce recipe, check out: RUDYSPICE RUDYSPICE item not reviewed by moderator and published
The meatballs turned out well. I didn't care for the sauce. I've found better recipes that didn't require as much work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I stopped short of five stars because while this was very good, in the end I tasted the sauce and added a couple of ingredients to the sauce. (That's just my taste.) I did LOVE the meatballs. I thought they were a great use of ingredients and came out quite flavorful. My other commets: To a former reviewer whom asked where the basil is. It's added at the end. Read the recipe. To Bobby, what is a Cubano pepper? I don't mean to sound daft but I just couldn't find anything anywhere called a Cubano pepper. Is that a Habanero pepper or Scotch Bonnet? Thanks for all your wonderful recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
FANTASTIC! I made this recipe and received RAVE reviews from my family and friends. I couldn't find a Cubano pepper so I substituted a Poblano. (Hazard of living in Minnesota in January) Also added 1 Tbsp white sugar. It was absolutely amazing! The meatballs were perfectly delicious. The sauce does take quite a bit of time to fully develop. Well worth the time however! Thanks Bobby! Love your shows! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW! The sauce and meatballs were great! A definite keeper. We did make a couple of changes. First we put the tomatoes right into the pot and used the immersion blender instead of dragging out the regular blender. We also added Italian seasoning and some sugar. I let everything cook in the crock pot all afternoon. We had also browned some sweet sausage and put it in the mix. Can't wait for leftovers this week. item not reviewed by moderator and published
awesome! i made this a day early so the flavors had time to "marry" and couldn't have been happier. the only thing i changed was add dried oregano and crushed red pepper to the sauteed garlic and onions because we like things to be very flavorful. oh, btw, the pepper is mispelled - it's a cubanelle pepper, which would explain why people can't find it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Spaghetti and Meatballs with Tomato Sauce Was Deliouso ! Thanks Bobby Flay ! your the best and all those chief who cooks so good ! .All those people on food Network you Inspire ME each day thank you! as me and my family say " Follow Your Dream It Will Come True I Just Know It!"- Chief Queen P.S. Me and My sister love Food NetWork Peace Out item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cooked spaghetti all of the time when my kids where little and I was in nursing school and they hated spaghetti for years later. I made this dinner tonight and the entire family loved it and made me swear to only make this spaghetti and meatballs recipe. It was so tasty and wonderful. I didn't use the pepper Bobby mentioned because I couldn't find it and I used my own brand of tomatoes. Also, I baked my meatballs on 350 for 30 minutes instead of the messy frying. The meatballs were so delicious. The sauce was so delicious. I used fresh basil from my garden and store bought fresh parsely. I highly recommend this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good meatball recipe--very similar to my own and I always get asked for the recipe. I add a little onion powder and ground black pepper to mine. I also like to bake, rather than fry, the meatballs before adding to the sauce. Good sauce recipe on the whole, but where's the basil and oregano?? I definitely did not add the Cuban peppers. I kicked it up by adding chunks of both sweet and hot Italian sausages with the meatballs and let the sauce simmer for about 2 hours till the sausage pieces are cooked. If the sauce tastes a little bitter, I add a little baking soda to neutralize the bitterness (a tip from a little old Italian lady). item not reviewed by moderator and published
nice meatballs but how could you make a true Italian recipe without using basilm or oregano? and Cuban peppers!? Italians use red pepper flakes. Nice try for a sweet Irish boy though. we use a combination of parm and romano cheese in the meatballs. you can also add sausage and, pork neck bones which give the best flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The meatball recipe is very similar to the way my grandma makes them... so much so that I was wondering if maybe Mr. Flay stole her recipe :P hehehe In my local supermarket (in Buffalo) you can get "meatloaf mix" which is the beef, veal and pork already mixed together, that is if you chose to use all three. Great job on this recipe! love the sauce too :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was delicious(the meatballs). Since it was my first time makin meatballs and a pizza i was pretty nervous about th results. Yet, my fam luvd it! since it was a meatball pizza, they got full off of jus one slice, yet, they tried to go bak for seconds.. but, bets believe th rest was gone th next day.! thank u bobby for this scrumptious meatball recipe! :)) -- all smiles, your fans from MS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used lean ground turkey instead of the other meats ... it was delicious, and even my extremely picky, beef-loving fiance loved the meal. ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Another amazing Bobby Flay recipe. This was my first attempt at meatballs and will be the only recipe I ever use. Great for a crowd as sauce can be made ahead and left to simmer. Wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used a different sauce recipe but I made these meatballs and wow!! They were delicious and such a crowd pleaser. I didn't use veal however - I just used beef and pork and it tasted just fine. Wonderful recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple to make and truely delicious! My whole family loves it and asks me to make it often. It's a real winner in my house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for Meatball Subs. It was excellent. I use the sauce recipe but doubled the meatballs. I used 90% lean beef with pork and veal and it was very moist. Be sure not to over roll the meatballs or they will be dry. I tested one meatball first for seasoning to my liking before cooking the rest up. I topped this with Provolone Cheese. My picky family loved these!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was amazed at how wonderful these meatballs turned out, even though I messed up the recipe a bit. So I fudged it as best as I could and everyone raved about how perfectly seasoned the meatballs were! (It wasn't the seasoning that I messed up at all, but rather the process. I accidentally added the oil in the meatballs before frying, so ended up having to fry them up completely, then put them in the sauce). I would recommend this recipe to anyone! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was a great meal,for the breadcrums i used italian breadcrums.i also used three cans of tomatoes not four. my boyfriend loved the meatballs,i also fried the meatballs on a pan and then put them in the oven for 15mins then they were added to the sauce oh oh oh great.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hardly any flavor in the sauce or meatballs. Frying the meatballs was messy. Definately enough for at least 6 people, not 4 as the recipe states. Would not recommend. I thought Bobby Flay was into spice & flavor, but not this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best sauce and meatballs I have ever made! Very flavorful!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the instructions precisely. It's easy to make and yields perhaps the best sauce and meatballs I've ever made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe! I'll admit, I found that since I was only making this recipe for two people, (havling the recipe) I still found adding not only the plum tomatoes and the diced made it too watery for my taste! The rest was greaaaat! Yum Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and ingredients were really ez to find. I didn't have the plum tomatoes to puree so instead I used 2x crushed (28oz) cans plus the tomato paste. Next time, i should add a little sugar to counter the paste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recioe was great. I have made so many different sauce recipes but found this one to be the best ever. I used san marzano tomatoes for the sauce, omitted the pepper because I didn't have any and the sauce was just so very good. I followed the meatball recipe exactly and they also were excellent. Kudos to Bobby for another great recipe. Phyllis item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't like putting the parsley in whole. It was , messy and not needed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I must confess I didn't do the sauce but I followed the directions exactly for the meatballs. Undoubtedly the best meatballs I've ever eaten. I now double the recipe and keep some in freezer for meatball subs. You can't go wrong with this one item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good recipe, but too much parsley. Tasting as I went, the entire sauce changed for the worse after adding the small bunch as indicated. Next time I'll probably put in flakes and cut it way back. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe with a wonderful tomato flavor and so unlike most jarred sauces. However - I went to 3 grocery stores and never found a Cubano pepper so used another's advice and used green pepper and some red pepper flakes. I also used some leftover red wine instead of water.and let it simmer for maybe 2 hours to get all the flavor. The whole family loved it. I also wish the quantity of the Italian parsley had been more specific. What is a small bunch? Should I chop it or just stick it in, as is? I chopped it and had a sauce with lots of green leafy things, which was fine. One more thing - this recipe is enough for 12 people. I fed 5 with it and have so much left over I will be eating this for dinner for a week! I started with a medium saucepan and finished with a dutch oven sized pan. I'll cut it in half or quarters next time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Never made meatballs before, and this will be my only recipe. Very good and easy. My whole family enjoyed. Thanks Bobby. item not reviewed by moderator and published
hooray spaghetti and meatballs! I used a cup of red wine instead of water, mild green pepper instead of the cubano (which i didn't exactly know what that was) along with a hearty pinch or two of crushed red pepper, let it simmer down a little thicker than called for, and... scrumptious! ps: just in case you aren't prepared, it is a mighty hearty meal, we have leftovers for the next few days, not that i'm complaining. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a hearty and simple recipe. It was easy to put together and the sauce is thick and tomatoey good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have tried different meatballs recipe and this one is the best so far. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I logged on just for the meatball recipe, then decided to follow the entire meal recipe and it was great. It was so simple to follow and I had all the ingrdients in my kitchen. My family and dinner guests loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I rarely get both my children to like the same meal. They both loved the meatballs and sauce. I got the kids involved in collecting the fresh herbs from the garden, mixing the mixballs and stirring the sauce. They became the chefs of the kitchen. The sauce was a bit tart or acidic so I added some sugar and it tasted great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This tomato sauce is the best sauce I have made. And, I've been cooking over 40 years. The combination of tomatoes, garlic and parsley is divine. I will definitely make this sauce again and again item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have tried a hundred different recipes for meatballs and this is by far the best. I added a little basil and love the results. They are terrific! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
When it says "Remove bay leaf, pepper and parsley", does that mean strain out all these ingredients? I would have thought that the bay leaf needs to be removed, but should you take out the pepper and parsley too? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alright, these meatballs are incredible. However, the sauce, needs work!! Although the sauce has a great flavor, it is simply not thick hearty spaghetti sauce! We found this watery and bland. Next time, I will make the meatballs and search for a much better sauce. We used this for spaghetti and meatballs as well as meatball subs, the sauce was not good for either! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Instruction is easy to follow and ingredient not hard to get. Thank you for providing us a great receipt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only made the meatballs and they were fantastic! I just used 1/2 beef and 1/2 pork, used bottled garlic and dried parsley and they were STILL great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best spaghetti & meatballs I've ever tasted. A little time consuming, but well worth the effort. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Instead of using the veal and pork, I used all beef. These meatballs were so delicious and tasty too! I made it for my family and they really enjoyed them. The next day tasted even better! Bobby Flay, you ROCK!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turned out delicious. The meatballs were so moist and flavorful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I know this is rated as difficult by Bobby Flay but it really is quite easy. The only change I made to the recipe is substituted mild ground sausage for the veal. I love the taste of Italian sausage and the meatballs are delicious. Thank you Bobby for this great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just want to say the meatballs were so tasty and the sauce was excellent. Thanks for a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this took some time but was amazing item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great receipe and very easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has become my favorite recipe.. tastes amazing and is easy to make. I've even subbed the meat for extra lean ground turkey on diet weeks and it tastes just as great 2 BIG thumbs up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sauce was wonderful - my meatballs fell apart, so it turned into meat sauce, but it was still good item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great with the sauce and it only gets better the next day. Permanent recipe in my box! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been craving Italian Food for a long time and I decided to try your recipe. You didn't disappoint me. It was the best sauce I have ever made. The meatballs were moist and flavorfull. The only thing I didn't add was the pork. My guest are pork-free eaters. You are the best chef on FNW. Thanks so much for sharing your love of cooking with all of us item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had never attempted to make meatballs before and decided to use this recipe. I used ground turkey and pork instead for something a little healthier. My husband and two guests said they were the best meatballs they had ever had and couldn't get enough! A quarter of them were gone before I could even add them to the sauce! I will definitely use this recipe from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
searched far and wide for a good meatball recipe and THIS IS IT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sauce was chunky, like I like it! Definitly a keeper! Tasted wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed this receipe exactly except did not use veal (because of the expense). The meatballs are so flavorful and moist. I used an organic vodka sauce which send this dish over the top..I have made this many times..definitely a staple recipe for me.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy and it is so good! I knew that I could get a basic recipe from him that would be awesome! I think this is on of the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made this recipe using ground turkey instead of beef for the meatballs, and its still excellent! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hi :) John here, I added a table of E.V.O.O. per pound of meat,and I found the meat balls,And found the meat balls were were a little more moist and tasty,But that's just me :) other then that I will now make my meatfballs with your recipe whenever I make meatballs ;) Respectifully John item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have tried many recipes for meatballs, these are the tastiest ones yet. Bobby is always full of surprises. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was easy to follow and the meal turned out very nice. I would have like it a little saucier, altho that may not be a typically Italian way to have it. Next time I make this I will add one more can of tomatoes and I think it will be perfect for my family's taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't officially tried this recipe yet, but I am such a fan of Bobby's and it looked soooo good on TV. I can't wait to try it. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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