Monday, August 23, 2010

On Top of Spaghetti

I love spaghetti, especially with meatballs.  I love to make homemade sauce and homemade meatballs.  Here is the way I do it:

1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1-28 ounce can tomato puree
1-10 to 15 ounce can tomato paste
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup red onion, chopped finely
1/2 cup bell pepper
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

1 to 2 pounds ground meat (pork, beef, sausage)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 or 2 eggs

Mix sauce ingredients in large pot/crock pot and cook on low.  Immediately after mixing sauce ingredients start preparing meatballs.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix meatball ingredients in mixing bowl and shape into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet (I use a broiler pan so the drippings go underneath).  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  Place into pot with sauce.  Continue to cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.  About 20 minutes before you are ready to eat, cook noodles of your choice according to package directions.

Add your favorite ingredients to change it up a bit.  This goes well with salad and bread sticks or cheese bread or garlic bread.  You will also have plenty of leftovers.  The meatballs always taste better the second day!

This is something I enjoyed very much growing up and I hope you and your family enjoy it as well.