Friday, July 10, 2009

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is the most basic of meals.  First you make the meatballs then simmer them in the gravy (some people call this spaghetti sauce).  Cook the pasta, put it all together and you have a feast.

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef or mixture of ground meats
1 medium chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic
1 egg
1 t. seasoned salt
1/4 Cup parmesan cheese
handful of breadcrumbs
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Mix well, but don't over-mix or you will have tough meatballs.  Shape into 1-2 inch balls.  Fry in a non-stick skillet until browned on all sides.
Add to the gravy and simmer for a few hours.

1 chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic
2 large cans tomato puree
2 large cans tomato sauce
2 large cans crushed tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
salt, to taste
dry red wine (optional)*
1-2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
3 Tablespoons fresh basil
1/2 Cup parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon sugar
Cook onion and garlic until soft.  Add all other ingredients and simmer for a few hours.
*If you don't use wine, thin the gravy a little bit with water.

To serve:  Cook one pound of spaghetti, add gravy, garnish with meatballs and parmesan cheese.

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