These authentic italian meatballs are so juicy and flavorful smothered in a rich and delicious homemade marinara sauce this is a recipe passed down from my italian grandmother with a few tweaks here and there to make it even better this is truly the only recipe youll ever need for both meatballs and sauce trust me.

Spaghetti and meatballs is a dish with both opponents and admirers some italians find spaghetti and meatballs so outrageous that it rsquo s insulting while others such as italian americans regard it as an important part of their culture if you ever travel to italy avoid ordering spaghetti and meatballs unless you see it on the menu.

Meatballs were always a staple in my house growing up my family has some deep italian roots so some of my earliest memories involved canning tomato sauce for the winter and large pots of sauce and meatballs that cook on the stove for hours the pleasing smell of tomato sauce garlic onion and basil would waft around the house on cold winter nights.

Transfer spaghetti to a serving dish and top with meatballs and 1 cup reserved sauce sprinkle with more parmesan and serve with some basil if using and remaining sauce alongside for topping.

The best spaghetti sauce this budget friendly spaghetti sauce has become a regular dinner on the menu each week my favorite part is that it cooks in the slow cooker all day combining all the flavors of the ground beef italian sauce and tomatoes really makes this spaghetti sauce the best i have ever made.