Aug 30, 2011

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Growing up spaghetti was a meal we had at least every week; it’s an American favorite for sure. You can easily substitute the homemade sauce for your favorite already made pasta sauce if you’re in a pinch for time. Pulsing the ingredients for the meatballs beforehand makes for the perfect meatball with no big chunks of veggies hanging out (one of my pet peeves). The sauce and meatballs also freeze well.

1 large onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar

8 ounces dried spaghetti (cooked)

1 egg
1 slice of white bread
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 green pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 ounces ground beef

1. In a sauté pan on medium heat add olive oil. Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook until tender.

2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, 1/3 cup water, basil, oregano, marjoram, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a full boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and simmer for 10 to 15 then add parsley. Pre-heat oven to 350F.

3. Meanwhile, in a food processor add white bread, 1/2 onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 green pepper, oregano and salt. Pulse until finely diced. In a large mixing bowl add egg, beef and mixture. Combine well with hands.

4. Shape into small balls then place on a baking pan. Cook for 20 minutes. Place meatballs into sauce. Serve over hot pasta.

Yields: 4-6 servings

3 fabulous comments:

  1. Paty's Kitchen - Cook with passion.Aug 31, 2011 04:01 PM


  2. From Yeast to ZestSep 1, 2011 05:29 PM

    Oh yes, we had it at least once a week as well. Looks devine!

  3. Paty I hope you had a nice Eid inshAllah.

    Zelia I know it seems like I never make the things we had growing up :(

    Thanks ladies :)


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