Calabrian Style Meatballs (Simmered In Butter-Onion Tomato Sauce)

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 30m
Ready In


Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (458.5 g)
  • Calories 855.6
  • Total Fat - 44.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 20.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 154.2 mg
  • Sodium - 1661.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 82.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.6 g
  • Sugars - 11.7 g
  • Protein - 38 g
  • Calcium - 324.3 mg
  • Iron - 6.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 17.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.8 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Place all the ingredients for the sauce in a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed sauce pan.

Step 2

Swirl about 3/4 cup (200 ml) water in the cans and add to sauce mixture.

Step 3

Simmer over medium heat while preparing the meatballs (about 20-30 minutes, depending on quick you are).

Step 4

Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl, mixing well with your hands.

Step 5

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out all the meat mixture first, and then roll them out (you'll 20-24 pieces).

Step 6

Place them into the sauce, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.

Step 7

Using a slotted spoon, take out the meatballs and place them in a serving bowl, and set aside.

Step 8

Taste the sauce, if it tastes acidic, then adjust with a bit of sugar.

Step 9

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook spaghetti according to package instructions, al dente its going into the sauce later and drain.

Step 10

Add pasta to sauce in pot and toss to coat.

Step 11

Divide pasta among 6 plates and top each serving with meatballs (about 4 each). Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


Wow, was this good. I loved it. The meatballs were soft and tender, and very flavorful. The butter tomato sauce was excellent. The dish was quick and easy to make with excellent results. I have frozen the rest for my dh to take away with him next weekend. He's going to love it. Thanks so much for sharing Dienia. Made FYC tag game.


review by:
(9 Jun 2020)


Other than scaling back the recipe I made as posted. It is so unlike my usual recipes which sees me adding your meatball recipe to my cookbook! We enjoyed and I added the rest to my freezer stash. Have to love having some great evening meals ready to go!


review by:
(30 Apr 2016)

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