Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

The meatballs in tomato sauce are a very tasty second course that is prepared throughout Italy on many occasions.

It is a very rich dish, even loved by the little ones not only for the taste but also for their shape. The meatballs are a very versatile dish, since it can also be used to enrich the first courses, making them even tastier and richer. The spaghetti with meatballs are so tasty!

Let’s see, therefore, how to prepare delicious meatballs in tomato sauce.


  • 500 g of minced veal
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lt of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Nutmeg, to taste
  • 1 onion
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Chopped parsley, to taste
  • Basil, to taste

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce


Start with the preparation of the ingredients.

Take a large bowl and put in the meat first. In this preparation use veal but also pork or sausage. Decide according to your tastes and the flavor that you want to give to your meatballs. Then add the breadcrumbs to the meat and start to mix.

At this point add also the grated cheese, parsley, eggs, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Let focus for a moment on these ingredients. First of all, you can decide to enrich your meatballs with cheese such as pecorino or caciocavallo. Chop finely the parsley before adding it to the preparation of the meatballs so cut with a sharp knife or a crescent, or, if you want to speed up, use a mixer to make everything in a few seconds. Pay attention to the amount of nutmeg, which must be added in small quantities because it has a very intense and particular taste.

Mix all ingredients until you have obtained a very homogeneous and compact mixture. Use your hands for this operation so as to have a really perfect result. At this point the dough is ready so prepare the sauce.

Put the tomato sauce with oil in a saucepan and cook for about 15 minutes on low heat, so as to create a well-pulpy sauce. To make everything even tastier add also tomato paste to your sauce, which will make your meatballs with sauce even tastier.

While waiting for the sauce to be ready, start forming your meatballs. Take about 2 tablespoons of dough at a time and wrap them with your hands to give it the classic shape of meatballs. Proceed in this way until you have finished your mixture and all the meatballs have been made.

When the sauce has reached a boil, start to pour the meatballs that you have made. The whole thing will have to cook for about 30 minutes on high heat. From time to time go and move your meatballs to the sauce to allow uniform cooking. Just before the meatballs are ready, add a few basil leaves, which you will then remove before serving the dish, and let it cook for another 5 minutes.

Meatballs are now ready! Serve them to your guests still hot.

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce


Store the meatballs in tomato sauce for a maximum of two days in the refrigerator; close them in an airtight container.

Heat the meatballs in the sauce in a pan or microwave before to serve them.

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