Sunday, March 8, 2015

Spaghetti and Meatballs



When I want spaghettig and meatballs or a comfort food from home, this is the recipe I always turn to. I love the meatballs and the sauce and with Rachel Ray's recipe is great- with a few of my own tweaks. After watching Lady and the Tramp my boy wa pestering me for spaghetti and meatballs so we made a double portion of this! Enjoy:)

Meatballs: (single portion)

1 1/4 pounds ground beef
2. t. worcestershire sauce
1 egg ( I used 3 for a double batch)
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic- chopped
salt and pepper

Method:

Mix all ingredients together and form balls. Place on cookie sheet and bake 10-12 min. until no longer pink.

Sauce:
2 T. oil
4 cloves garlic- finely grated
1 onion finely chopped
1 cup beef broth
1 large can crushed tomatoes - 28 oz. 
 2 T. dried basil 
2-3 T. red wine
1 small grated zuchini (optional- I used it because I wanted a thicker sauce)

Note: When I am making a double batch depending on the consistency I also add a small can of tomato paste for a thicker sauce). 


Method: 


Saute onions, zuchini and garlic. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until well blended and alcohol has evaporated. If your tomatoes are too large you can blend this with a hand blender for a more smooth sauce. Add the meatballs and continue to simmer a bit until flavors marry. 

Serve over prepared noodles. 



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