This comes from my Dad's Italian Aunts. FAMILY Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe For The Sauce: 2 Tbs. Olive Oil 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced 1 Small Onion, Chopped Fine 1 Stalk of Celery, Finely Chopped ¼ pound of ground beef Salt & Pepper 1/4 Cup Chopped fresh Basil 1/2 Tbs. Dried Oregano 1/2 Tbs. Dried Thyme 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley Dash of Red Pepper Flakes (Optional) 2 (6oz) Cans Tomato Paste 1 Large Can Pureed Tomatoes ( I use 1 (26oz) box Pomi Tomatoes) About 5 Cups water 3 Tbs. Grated Parmesan Cheese Spaghetti or Pasta of Choice Brown the ground beef in the oil until well browned. Add the garlic, onion, and celery and sauté until tender. Add the paste, tomatoes, water and herbs, and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper to your own personal taste. Turn mixture down to a simmer, then drop the prepared meatballs into the sauce. Do not stir for the first 15 minutes or so until the meatballs begin to firm up. Continue to cook for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, and adding extra water as needed if the sauce becomes too thick. This sauce, with or without the meatballs can now be used over your pasta of choice. Meatballs: 1 lb. Ground Beef 1/2 lb. Ground Veal Salt & Pepper 1 or 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced 2 Tbs. Fresh Chopped Parsley 2 Tbs. Grated Parmesan Cheese 1 Egg 1 Cup Soft Bread Crumbs 1/2 Cup Water Mix all the ingredients together. Shape into golf ball sized balls, and gently drop into the simmering sauce.