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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Warm up with a big platter of Spaghetti and Meatballs, made with ingredients you probably have in your pantry and freezer.

The sauce and meatballs in this recipe are punched-up. If you don’t have one or several of the ingredients, don’t fret. Use what you have (are we really back to pantry cooking again??), and go from there.

Ingredients: 

For the Sauce:

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano

1 ½ teaspoons dried basil

2 teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 bay leaves

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with basil

1 24-ounce jar marinara 

 

For the Meatballs:

2 slices bread, soaked in ¼ cup milk

2 pounds ground beef

1 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

½ cup minced fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Cooked spaghetti

Recipe directions: 

For the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until they are soft. Add the oregano, basil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and bay leaves and stir. Add the crushed tomatoes and marinara. Fill the empty can of tomatoes with water, and stir the water in. Simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, for about 3 hours. The sauce will have thickened.

While the sauce simmers, make the meatballs. In a large bowl, use your hands to combine to milk-soaked bread, beef, sausage, eggs, parmesan, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper. Roll meat into 3-inch round balls, and place them in a glass baking dish. Cover the meatballs and refrigerate.

When the sauce has thickened, stir in enough water to thin it to the consistency of a thick soup. Gently arrange the meatballs in the sauce, making sure they are covered with sauce. Cover the pot and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. Gently turn the meatballs over. Cover the pot and simmer for another 20 minutes. 

Serve the meatballs and sauce over the cooked spaghetti, sprinkling some minced parsley and grated parmesan cheese over the top.

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