Nonna’s Spaghetti & Meatballs

March/April 2012

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The meatballs and sauce are cooked in the slow cooker for this traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs recipe. You could also serve the meatballs over creamy polenta or on a sandwich with melted provolone.

Nonna’s Spaghetti & Meatballs

8 Reviews for Nonna’s Spaghetti & Meatballs


My dad recently had a stroke and wasn't eating well. I asked him what he would eat if I cooked something and brought it to him in rehab and he said "spaghetti and meatballs". Being a dietitian, I wanted to give him the yummy food he craves, but in a healthier execution. I found this recipe and it was awesome! I didn't change anything about it although I could not find veal; I mixed half 90% ground sirloin with Italian sausage instead... this recipe was super delicious! He ate every bit which in my mind was a huge success. The sauce is also really flavorful. I'll be making this a staple for future family meals.

Variation tip-- you could add chopped sauteed mushrooms to the meatballs if you want more veggies that are "hidden". In fact, I love doing this with most recipes that have ground meat... you can't tell, it lowers the calories and fat, and adds a nutrient boost!

Superb but easy

I love the flavor of a meat based sauce and light soft meatballs. This is the best of both. I made the stove top version but like having the slow cooker version for busy days. Just prep the meatballs ahead of time. I mixed up the meatball mix first then put the sauce on to cook while I rolled the meatballs. The sauce was ready for the meatballs as soon as I was done. I like a bit thicker sauce so added a can of tomato paste but the sauce was delicious either way. Next time I may add a couple of sausage links too!

Delicious, easy, quick
Wonderful recipe

I have made this many times. I make it in a dutch oven instead of a crock pot. However making it in dutch oven, reduces the sauce so I double it and cook it at 350 for 2.5 hours. Comes out great

taste great
Traditional Italian?

I'm italian and I NEVER see this recipe in my Country!

Very Impressive

I used this recipe for my very first time ever making homemade spaghetti and meatballs and it turned out really yummy! My husband inhaled it and couldn't stop talking about how "high quality" the meal was. I used all ground turkey, half plain and half Italian sausage. I left the can of diced tomatoes out of the sauce and I didn't have any trouble with thin or runny sauce like one of the comments mentioned. I did add an 8 oz can of tomato sauce in at the end, because I wanted more sauce for the amount of meat. The flavors and level of seasoning were just perfect!

Delicious, works great in a crock pot

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