This is one of my favorite recipes.  It always hits the spot!  Making your own sauce is also rewarding - it's often cheaper and better for you as many pre-made sauces are very high in sugar and salt.  I make this dish with whole grain spaghetti to make it healthier.  

Source: Everyday Food (with changes)Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, grated (1 cup)
  • 4 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (optional)
  • 1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  1. Heat broiler with rack 4 inches from heat source. In a medium bowl, mix 1/4 cup onion, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, egg, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until combined. Add beef; mix gently until combined. With moistened hands, form beef mixture into 16 balls (each equal to 2 level tablespoons). Place on a rimmed baking sheet, and broil until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. 
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add carrot, remaining 3/4 cup onion, and remaining 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables are tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. 
  3. While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add pasta to boiling water; cook for about six minutes and drain.   
  4. Reduce sauce to a simmer, and add meatballs.  When the pasta has finished, add it to the sauce too.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened, 20 to 25 minutes.  The pasta should go into the sauce during the last five minutes or so.
  5. Toss the pasta, sauce, and meatballs.  Serve with additional Parmesan if desired.  

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