Italian Meatball Marinara

In our house there is never a Italian dish that goes unfinished – of course pasta is the numero uno favorite and I love that there are so many ways to prepare and garnish it. One of my daughter’s favorite dishes is the meatball marinara spaghetti dish that I make. It’s made with Italian sausage and lots of herbs & spices. We serve it with  Bertolli Riserva Marinara sauce which is a perfect pairing over pasta.


Here’s what you’ll need:

1 lb sweet Italian sausage
1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tbsp minced garlic
3/4 cup breadcrumbs (you can use plain or Italian)
1 egg
olive oil
pasta of your choice
1 jar of Bertolli Riserva Marinara sauce
fresh Parmesan cheese (if desired)


Mix sausage, Italian seasoning, dried parsley, minced garlic, breadcrumbs, and eggs in mixing bowl.

Heat a few tbsp of olive oil in a pan over medium heat

Go back to meat mixture and mix thoroughly, shaping them into  about 1 inch diameter balls

Place meatballs in hot oil and stir/flip continuously to cook throughout and to avoid them being burnt


Cook for approximately 5 to 7 minutes

Remove from oil and pat excess oil off with paper towel.

Add Bertolli Riserva Marinara sauce and enjoy over pasta (top with parm cheese, if desired).

Be sure to visit Bertolli’s website for inspirational Italian dish ideas, as well as a coupon for this delicious marinara sauce (hurry, while supplies last!)


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