Got a hankering for those old Italian flavours? There’s nothing more flavoursome and authentic than a plate of meatballs and spaghetti. But why stop there? Meatballs are also fantastic in a sub roll, floating in a bowl of broth, or crossing cuisine boarders on a bed of rice. Learn how to make meatballs yourself with the recipe below.

Meatballs in Fragrant Tomato Sauce

This is the dish that best fits the traditional notion of spaghetti and meatballs because it comes with its own sauce.

Meatball Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of tomatoes
  • ½ a jar of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 2 dessertspoons of chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (preferably brown)
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 dessertspoons of fennel seeds


Place the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add all the other ingredients cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

While the sauce is cooking make your meatballs.

Meatball Ingredients:

  • 500 grams of ground meat. The type of meat you use is up to you. Pork, beef, chicken, even turkey will all work. One traditional variation is a half and half mix of pork and beef.
  • 3 thick slices of bread. Bread that is a couple of days old and a little dry works best as it will crumble nicely.
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • ½ a cup of finely chopped onion
  • ½ a teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh coriander


Crumble the bread.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and knead with your hands until thoroughly mixed.

Roll into balls about 2 cm in diameter.

Add the meatballs to your sauce, cover and simmer for an hour.

An Italian Feast

Now that you know how to make meatballs why not treat the family to an Italian feast? Serve your meatballs and sauce on a bed of steaming pasta. Accompany the meal with a fresh green salad and some crusty bread. And of course, you’ll need a glass or two of vino to wash it all down.

For a different way of making meatballs watch this video.

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