Spaghetti and Meatballs in Marinara Sauce with authentic Italian flavors and an easy homemade recipe that's hearty and comforting for the whole family!
We all have our fallback recipes that we make at least monthly to cater to the whole family, and this Spaghetti and Meatballs is one of those recipes for us. The marinara recipe is passed down from my mom, but instead of doing meatballs with it, we grew up having it with a chunky marinara that included the ground beef in the sauce.
Both ways are delicious, nonetheless! There is plenty of fresh herbs and vegetables for a truly authentic Italian flavor. And best part is it’s all homemade for more freshness and less calories!
You know me, I’m all about quick and easy recipes. So why bother with homemade marinara sauce when you can use the store-bought kind, especially if you opt for an organic kind? Good question, and the problem is even if the label says it’s organic, a majority of these store-bought pasta sauces contain added sugar, but some sources show that a serving of some of these pasta sauces has more added sugar than a bowl of Frosted Flakes…Yowzers!
And, instead of using extra virgin olive oil, which is traditionally how marinara sauce is made, some opt for canola oil or soybean oil. Unfortunately, the seed- and bean-derived oils are full of unhealthy fats like omega-6s, a group of fatty acids that have been connected to increased levels of inflammation and weight gain.
So, if you have a chance to make your own marinara using tomato paste, fresh tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, onions, garlic and tons of fresh herbs in 15 minutes or less, I say why bother with the store-bought kind?! If you’re not too strapped for time, try this homemade version and you can leave out the meatballs, but they make this recipe so hearty and comforting…I love it!
I hope you love this healthy-ish feelgood Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe. If you make it, please leave me a comment telling me how you like it, or use hashtag #feelgoodfoodie on Instagram so I can see your recreations.
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