Spaghetti & Meatballs

 

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The ultimate in Italian comfort food.

Growing up, our extended family would gather at my Grandma’s every Sunday for the traditional Sunday dinner (which, in contrast to common nomenclature, is actually eaten by Italians at what is typically lunchtime). While there was always some type of meat on the table, some potatoes and vegetables, the star of dinner was always pasta. It may have been ravioli, gnocchi, manicotti, lasagna, spaghetti (all homemade, of course), or some other variation of pasta, but without a doubt, you could always count on a great pasta dish. It feels warm, comfortable, cozy, and just like home. And for that reason I am submitting my spaghetti and meatballs into What’s For Lunch Honey’s Monthly Mingle Comfort Foods blog event.

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Meeta asked fellow bloggers to celebrate the foods that pick us up when we are down, warms us when we are feeling lost, and blurs out the bad mood. This is what spaghetti and meatballs represent in my house… the warmth of family, memories of childhood, and a connection to my heritage.

I hope you enjoy these simple and classic recipes.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Servings 4 to 6 servings
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 3 hours
Total 3 hours 30 minutes
Course:Main Course
Cuisine:American
Author: Michelle

This spaghetti sauce is so much better than anything you'll get n a jar!

Ingredients:

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce:

  • 2
    Tablespoons
    olive oil
  • 1
    large sweet onion
    (chopped)
  • 4
    cloves
    garlic
    (chopped)
  • 28
    oz.
    can tomato puree
  • 28
    oz.
    can tomato sauce
  • 2.5
    teaspoons
    dried parsley
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    dried basil
  • Water from rinsing extra sauce and puree from inside of cans
  • 2
    teaspoons
    salt
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    sugar

Italian Meatballs:

  • 1
    lb
    ground beef
  • 1
    egg
  • 1
    teaspoon
    dried Italian parsley
  • 1
    clove
    garlic
    (minced)
  • ½
    cup
    Italian bread crumbs
    (divided)
  • ½
    cup
    grated Romano cheese
  • ¼
    cup
    milk
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    salt
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    garlic powder

Directions:

  1. 1. To make the Sauce: Saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium-low heat until onion is tender.
  2. 2. Add tomato sauce, tomato puree, parsley, basil, water, salt, and sugar.
  3. 3. Stir and lower heat to a slow simmer. This best if it's left to simmer for at least 2 hours.
  4. 4. To make the Meatballs: Preheat oven to 350.
  5. 5. Combine 1/4 cup of bread crumbs with milk and let soak for 10 minutes. Combine with all remaining ingredients and shape into balls.
  6. 6. Cook for 30 minutes and then add to sauce. If you want to cook them the whole way in the oven, cook for 40-45 minutes, depending on size.

Nutrition:

Calories: 512kcal
Fat: 19g
Saturated fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 125mg
Sodium: 1855mg
Potassium: 2053mg
Carbohydrates: 50g
Fiber: 8g
Sugar: 26g
Protein: 38g
Vitamin A: 40.7%
Vitamin C: 46.7%
Calcium: 27%
Iron: 52.8%

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