Grandma’s Meatballs & Pasta Sauce

by Erin

Homemade pasta sauce may take a bit of time, but besides time it’s incredibly easy to make! Stir it up, add some meatballs and let it simmer.

Grandma Snow's Meatballs & Pasta Sauce 1

Got plans this weekend? You do now! Time to make some homemade pasta sauce compliments of Bob’s Italian grandmother. For dinner one day, he pulled out his trusty family recipe-binder and whipped up a batch of his grandmother’s pasta sauce complete with some huge meatballs. The meatballs were cooked in the sauce which helps marry the flavors of the two together. Most of the sauce was then canned but some of it was served over spaghetti with the meatballs on top. The meatballs were even stuffed with gouda because, well, why the heck not?

Grandma Snow's Meatballs & Pasta Sauce 2

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Makes about 4 quarts sauce & 6 large meatballs



2 lb. ground beef

1 egg + 1 egg white, lightly beaten

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Salt and pepper, to taste


2 Tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 (29 oz.) cans tomato puree + 2 canfuls water

1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste

Handful (about 1/4 cup) fresh basil, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, stir together all the meatball ingredients. Gently roll into 6 large or 12 medium meatballs (if you squeeze them too much they will be tough). Place on a plate or tray and set aside.
  2. In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add tomato puree, water, and tomato paste, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in basil and salt and pepper. Place meatballs in the sauce and let simmer for 4-6 hours, stirring often.
  3. Serve meatballs and sauce over pasta. Refrigerate, freeze, or can the remaining sauce.

Source: Bob’s grandmother

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Emily @ Life on Food February 2, 2015 - 6:36 am

You cannot beat a family recipe. Meatballs are one of my favorite foods. This meal would be perfect for a snowy day like this one!!

CakeSpy January 30, 2015 - 12:20 pm

If it’s from a grandma, you know it’s good. This looks completely classic and cozy!

spiffycookie January 30, 2015 - 2:32 pm

Truth! Except the only problem I usually have with my grandma’s recipes is that she rarely writes things down, she’s an off the cuff gal. The recipes she has written down vary because every time she writes them down they are slightly different!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) January 30, 2015 - 8:21 am

grandmas have the best recipes-esp. Italian grandmas!!! These meatballs and that pasta sauce look suuuper comforting and delicious!


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