Spaghetti and Meatballs

  • bethany Posted: 11/11/08
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    I thought this was awful. I looked the recipe over and over thinking I had made a mistake. It's a lot of work and the sauce is basically tomatoes with no taste and it's so runny. I did not even like the meatballs. I was very disappointed and I followed the recipe exactly. I would rather a thicker, more rich sauce but I thought I would try something different - now I'm left with tons of leftovers and no one to eat them after a lot of work.

  • JanetMcD Posted: 07/03/09
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    My kids really liked it. I thought the meatballs could stand a little more flavor. I had to substitute the turkey sausage for pork sausage. I will make it again, but I think I will add parmesan.

  • griebus Posted: 01/07/10
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    Great dish, especially the sauce. The meat balanced nicely with it. It's a thin sauce, so if you want it thick like store-bought marinara, cook it longer, but we loved it as written. Only change was to add a bit of cayenne.

  • MMowry Posted: 08/08/09
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    This has been my family's go-to meatball recipe since I clipped it several years ago. I 've made it for many dinners and special occasions to rave reviews. I always use hot italian turkey sausage and usually double the recipe and freeze some for crazy weeknights.

  • CESquires Posted: 08/14/09
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    This sauce is my favorite. It is delightful. All you taste is tomatoes, and that's exactly what spaghetti sauce should taste like! I usually use a bit more tomato paste to make the sauce a little thicker. I use this sauce on a regular basis for spahgetti, eggplant parm, and other recipes. Everyone should try this sauce at least once!

  • JIMMIC Posted: 04/27/10
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    As an ‘editor’s pick’ I had expectations that this would be good, or great. The sauce was bland and watery. Egg substitute and an egg? This does not make a lot of sense. The instructions say to make 32 meatballs; a size indication would have been nice, instead of making the reader guess. The amount of time versus the resulting taste was not worth the effort. This was a major disappointment.

  • doherty Posted: 06/05/10
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    I used panko breadcrumbs and left out the sausage for the meatballs and they came out great. I used store bought sauce

  • Daisie Posted: 08/02/11
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    Just blah. Even with extra simmering time the flavors in the sauce didn't meld and the meatballs were no better than frozen meatballs from the grocery store. We were disappointed.

  • smancusi Posted: 01/27/12
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    Don't use the spaghetti sauce part of the recipe, but this is my weekly meatball recipe and my Italian husband says they are awesome!

  • CheleDot Posted: 04/27/13
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    We love making this recipe, but we buy the sauce instead of making it. Tastes great and is a good comfort meal.

  • Saraliza Posted: 04/19/13
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    The meatballs were very tasty; the sauce was rather bland. We baked the meatballs and didn't put them in the sauce, and that probably would have made a difference in the flavor of the sauce. Will probably do it again with a different sauce.

  • stellacorona Posted: 12/03/13
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    great meatball recipe. i use the marinara recipe from CL oct 2001. only marinara i make. everyone loves that one.

  • RLoushin Posted: 09/23/13
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    Prepared as written except I didn't have egg substitute so used an extra egg. Meatballs have great flavor. Use a scan 1.5" scoop to get 30-32 meatballs. I thought the sauce was plain, but my husband insisted it was better - not acidic, just pure tomato taste. Too watery for my taste. I would like to try crushed tomatoes perhaps. Much fresher than bottled sauce.

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