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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Italian Meatballs with Spaghetti

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We love Spag Bol as my British friends call Spaghetti Bolognese and I make a big pot at least twice a month, then freeze the sauce in 2-serving size containers for quick tasty meals. Lately though, for some strange reason, I have been craving spaghetti and meatballs. It's basically the same thing, except you use eggs, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese to bind the ingredients that you would saute in a pan for the spaghetti sauce.

I wanted a spicy meatball so used part lean ground beef and part hot Italian sausage. The traditional Parmesan cheese I reserved to sprinkle on top of the finished dish. The tomato sauce is made from canned San Marzano tomatoes proclaimed to be the best tomatoes on earth. I wholeheartedly agree! I now use them for my pizza sauce as well as my tomato sauce.


Meatballs

1 pound lean ground beef
8 ounces hot Italian sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, minced
1 medium onion, small dice
4 slices day-old bread, ground into crumbs
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 large egg
olive oil

For Meatballs
Combine all ingredients by hand in a large mixing bowl. Shape into desired size-I made larger meatballs, so got about 16. Place on a baking sheet;drizzle with olive oil, roll to coat,then refrigerate covered while making tomato sauce.

Tomato sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-15.5 can San Marzano tomatoes
1 cup purchased bottled pasta sauce with basil
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed, dried chile peppers, optional
Salt and pepper to taste

8 ounces dried spaghetti
salted boiling water
Grated Parmesan cheese to garnish

For Tomato Sauce
Heat olive in a medium saucepan, saute onions over medium until tender, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, saute an additional minute. Add San Marzano tomatoes, pasta sauce, parsley, bay leaf, dried oregano and crushed dried chile peppers, if desired. Simmer over low heat about 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat to low while preparing meatballs.

To Cook Meatballs
Heat some olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add meatballs in a single layer. Cook, turning frequently, for 8-10 minutes until done. Add meatballs to sauce to heat through while cooking pasta.

Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain. Place pasta in bowls or plates. Top with meatballs and sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serves 4 generously.

4 comments:

Jannett said...

looks delicious ..... :)

Jannett said...

looks delicious..... :)

Gabriella said...

Dear Cafe Lynnylu, the spaghetti with meatballs look fantastic. Love how you added spice to them by using italian sausage! "Wild Thing", you make my heart sing! Loved and saved this recipe. I shall revisit you soon. Thank you for sharing.
Cheers, Gaby
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Susan said...

I came for the cookies and stayed for the Spaghetti and meatballs. Delcious!!

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