Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dinner Tonight - Meatballs & Spaghetti - A Favourite

Spaghetti & Meatballs are a staple around our house - usually on Saturday evening. I make a double batch of meatballs and we have them for lunch throughout the week. This recipe takes 20 minutes, but can me made far in advance, so is great for a casual dinner party, or cozy family dinner.

Homemade Meatballs

1 pound of ground beef
4 slices of bread
2 tablespoons of milk
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1 egg
salt & pepper
fresh parsley, chopped

Start by removing the crusts of the bread and tearing the remaining into small pieces, then place into a medium mixing bowl.

Pour milk onto breadcrumbs and stir. Add cheese, parsley, salt & pepper, and egg. Mix together.

Add ground beef to mixture and combine with a fork - be careful not to compact the mixture - try to keep it light. Form into balls with an ice cream scoop or with your hands and place on a baking sheet. I line mine with parchment paper to reduce clean up. Cook meatballs under a broiler on high for 4-6 minutes until just browned on outside. I like the middle of the meatball to remain moist.

Simple Tomato Sauce

2 tablespoons of olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons of sea salt
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of dried italian seasoning
1 pound of pasta

Cook pasta in salted water as directed.

In a sauce pan, saute garlic in the olive oil for just 1 minute. Add in the can of crushed tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, and add salt, sugar & seasoning. Add in 1/2 cup (more or less depending on preference) of the pasta water into the sauce. Reduce and cook for 5 minutes.

Transfer the spaghetti directly from the boiling water to the sauce and toss. Add in meatballs and coat.

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