Grandma Nirelli’s Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Grandma Nirelli’s Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

60 minutes


8 people

This rich, thick and tomato-y sauce comes from a secret Italian family recipe that’s been handed down for generations. It’s a classic pasta sauce simply adored by everyone who’s ever tried it. And the meatballs are fabulous.

Presented in a gift basket with a loaf of crusty bread and the recipe, this makes a wonderful holiday gift. Or, add a bottle of wine for extra cheer!

Why Try? This incredible sauce is so simple to make, but gets acclaim every time it’s served.

The sauce is totally versatile…great with all kinds of pastas, perfect for lasagna, baked ziti and, of course, spaghetti. Also, it freezes well for use later.


  • 1 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 pound ground sirloin
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 3 (16 ounce each) cans tomato paste
  • 2 cans of water per can of tomato paste you use
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup sweet basil, dried
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, dried
  • Meatballs:
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, dried
  • 3 eggs


  • 1 SAUCE - cook over medium heat to warm the sauce. As it warms, you can prepare the meatball mixture to add to the sauce.
  • 2 MEATBALLS - mix all of the ingredients together and roll into balls–about the size of a tennis ball. Consistency should be somewhat sticky. Makes about 22-25 meatballs.
  • 3 Add meatballs to sauce and cook over low heat for one hour, stirring occasionally.


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