Spaghetti & Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce

by Marla on September 16, 2013 · 19 comments

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Spaghetti and Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce |

Two of the most amazing words ever spoken….Spaghetti and Meatballs.

This is the ultimate comfort food for many folks ~ including me! Let’s get cooking…

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce |

I am short on words & time this morning. Lots to do as I depart for travels to Montana this Wednesday.

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce |

You know that feeling when you don’t want to forget anything & you obsess?

That’s what lists are for I suppose. Must start a list.

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce |

Now that the weather is a bit cooler this is the meal that will comfort us on pretty fall days ~ blustery winter days & everything in between.

Look who came to visit us yesterday….I have a thing for posting the local wildlife. Hope you enjoy the little peeks.

Deer | Wildlife in Telluride, CO |

Grated cheese is essential for spaghetti & meatballs…

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce |

You can use ground beef, bison, turkey to ground chicken for your meatballs. All are great! Notice how I made ’em small?

They are bite sized and they cook really quickly.

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce |

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Spaghetti and Meatballs


    Fresh Tomato Sauce
  • 8-10 fresh Tomatoes (I like Vine Ripened or Plum varieties)
  • 1/2 medium Onion, diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • cracked Black Pepper
  • pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Basil
  • Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground Beef or Bison (Turkey & ground Chicken good too!)
  • dried, diced Minced Onion
  • Garlic Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Parsley Flakes
  • 1 pound Spaghetti


    Fresh Tomato Sauce
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Have a large bowl with ice water ready. Score each tomato with an "X" on the bottom. Boil the tomatoes for 45-60 seconds and plunge them in the ice bath. They should be easy to peel with a paring knife or your fingers.
  • For a smoother sauce: roughly chop tomatoes and pulse in a food processor for until they reach the consistency you like. For a chunky sauce, skip the processor and simply roughly chop the tomatoes.
  • In a large saucepan or dutch oven heat garlic & onion with olive oil over medium heat until golden brown & softened. Add the tomatoes and simmer 30-90 minutes until desired consistency has been reached. Stir occasionally throughout cook time. Season to taste. You can puree one more time in the food processor if you want it completely smooth.
  • Add the meatballs the last 5 minutes of cook time. Garnish with fresh basil and cheese.
  • Meatballs
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the middle. In a bowl combine meat with seasonings (I don't measure, just sprinkle some on top.) Combine all ingredients with your hands. Shape into mini meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter. Lay the meatballs on a Silpat covered cookie sheet. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until nicely browned.
  • Serve over spaghetti with grated cheese.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenny Flake September 16, 2013 at 5:58 am

This is the most beautiful plate of spaghetti yet :) Lovely!


2 Marla September 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

Awwwww, thanks so much Jenny!


3 Rosa September 16, 2013 at 6:19 am

A wonderful pasta dish! Meatballs are so lovely.

Pretty deers.




4 Maria September 16, 2013 at 7:04 am

Love the fresh tomato sauce!


5 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen September 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

Looks scrumptious, Marla! And, yes…we enjoy glimpses of your beautiful local wildlife. Thanks for sharing!


6 Marla September 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

OK! Great ~ I just LOVE posting images of the landscape & animals :)


7 Julie @ Table for Two September 16, 2013 at 7:07 am

seriously love this classic comfort food! one of my go-to favs!


8 Des September 16, 2013 at 7:15 am

Spaghetti and Meatballs is my ultimate comfort food. I could eat it every day, even in the heat of summer, and never get tired of it. Your version looks delicious! I love how the meatballs are bite size.


9 Marla September 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

Me too! I love it every season!


10 Jennie @themessybakerblog September 16, 2013 at 8:44 am

I could really use a big ol’ heaping plate of this right about now–I’m starving!


11 Marla September 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

Meeeee too 😉


12 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet September 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

Comfort food for sure! Love the ingredients photos, Marla!


13 Toni | Boulder Locavore September 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

Looks perfect with our cool, wet weather! Safe travels this week Marla.


14 naomi September 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Always a great meal! Yours looks fantastic. Safe travels to Montana!


15 Gaby September 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

the ULTIMATE comfort food!! Making me ready for fall :)


16 Aimee Wimbush-Bourque September 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Hah! Great minds. I just prepped a tray of meatballs for my Noah’s birthday tomorrow. It’s been his dinner request every birthday since he was three. 😉

Your plate looks lovely! And those deer! Precious. Have a good trip.


17 Linda B. September 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

I am so glad I found this site (thru an email this morning)! Can’t wait to try this! A favorite of mine for forever. And I, too, love those precious deer…


18 Tieghan September 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Nothing beats classic comfort food!! this look awesome!


19 Faye October 24, 2014 at 4:09 am

Looks very fun to make.


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