Italian Spaghetti and Colossal Meatballs Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 95 MINUTES

3 ratings
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1 (1 lb) box spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground chuck
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten


1. In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and 4 cloves of minced garlic; cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until onion is tender. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, wine, 1/2 cup of parsley, bay leaves, 2 teaspoons dried basil, oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, sugar and pepper; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. Add Colossal Meatballs, and simmer for 15 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Serve with cooked spaghetti. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.


Colossal Meatballs


1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire rack over baking sheet, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, combine ground chuck, sausage, panko, cheese, remaining 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 tablespoon parsley, 2 teaspoons basil and 1 teaspoon salt. Add beaten eggs, stirring gently to combine. Shape mixture into 2½-inch balls. Place on prepared rack, and bake for 30 minutes.

Italian Spaghetti and Colossal Meatballs


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3 Reviews

Kathy 1/22/2016
This is our favo

This is our favorite meatball and I also use it for out meatloaf. I have served this to our friends. They said it was the best meatballs they have ever had. They even had seconds so that only means one thing. . . DE-LISH.
Thank you, Paula
Kathy Timko

Lisa 12/3/2014
I wasn't sure th

I wasn't sure that I liked meatballs but this recipe is easy and the taste is sensational. My house smells delicioso!

Debra 11/18/2014
I have been fixi

I have been fixing spaghetti and meat balls for years thinking all along it was a good recipe. Not! These were the best meat balls ever!

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