Thursday, June 18, 2009

It's in There ! Spaghetti and Meatballs

In between making dolls and doing everyday mundane household chores, I do cook once in a while. I thought I would share my meatball and sauce recipe. The spices added are not measured, so I am giving a ballpark figure with the spices that I add..

The meatballs:

1 3/4 pound of ground chuck
2 eggs
2 pieces of Italian bread, torn in pieces
2-3 minced/chopped up fine cloves of garlic ( not the whole bulb )
Added about:
3 tablespoons of seasoned italian bread crumbs
2-3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of oregano or so
several dashes of onion powder
"" "" "" garlic powder
dashes of black pepper
dashes of Italian seasoning
about 2 teaspoons of parsley flakes

Mix all together with clean hands and roll into little balls and place in a skillet with a little olive oil in it. Saute' on low and turn until brown on all sides.
Add meatballs to sauce with a tablespoon or two of the drippings. Makes about 24 meatballs.


28 oz. can of whole tomatoes, chopped up
28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
12 oz. can of tomato paste
I add a little chopped up fine garlic..maybe half of a clove
add a little water ..maybe a cup or so
maybe about 2 teaspoons of basil flakes
a teaspoon or so of sugar, optional
a "" " "" italian seasoning
dashes of garlic and onion powder
just a dash of oregano

Bring sauce just to boil then simmer on low all day long ! well, until dinner anyway. I have a gas stove and use two heat diffusers under my pot. Photo of a heat diffuser shown under red teapot.

I use the thin spaghetti ( San Giorgio ) and I usually make a big tossed salad to complete the meal. I use Good Seasons Italian dressing mix. You add your own vinegar and oil and water. And then at least you know where most of the ingredients come from.

Wear a bib and enjoy your dinner !