Spaghetti and Giant Meatballs

You won’t be able to resist tender and robust meatballs simmered in a flavorful sauce.

Serves: 6Prep: 15 minutesCook: 1 hour 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 1 pound Simple Truth™ Natural Ground Beef 91% Lean
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 3⁄4 cup onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (28 oz.) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 Simple Truth Organic™ Bay Leaf
  • 1 Simple Truth Organic™ Tomato Paste
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 12 ounces Simple Truth Organic™ Spaghetti


  • To make meatballs: In a large bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, parsley, Parmesan, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and beaten egg. Mix well and form into 6 large meatballs (if you prefer, make small ones).
  • To make sauce: In a large saucepan, heat oil in medium heat, and sauté onion and garlic until onion turns translucent. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and bay leaf. Cover and reduce heat to low; simmer 25 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato paste, basil and ½ teaspoon pepper and continue to simmer.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high, heat oil. Once hot, brown meatballs on all sides, turning frequently, about 5 minutes per batch. Return meatballs to baking sheet as you brown them.
  • Once all meatballs are browned, add them to large saucepan with tomato sauce. Increase heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until meatballs are cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • In a large pot, boil spaghetti in salted water until cooked through but still firm to bite. Drain.
  • Serve spaghetti with sauce and meatballs. Garnish with extra Parmesan.