Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner
Have you ever wanted to make your own homemade Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner? You're in luck, because this is one of Grandmother's own easy delicious pasta recipes. For this recipe you will make your own homemade spaghetti sauce, and meat balls, all from scratch with fresh ingredients. Sure, you can buy the store bought spaghetti sauce that comes in a jar or a can, but it just doesn't have the same flavour as homemade spaghetti sauce, right? If you happen to grow your own tomatoes, then even better, and you can make batches of this marinara sauce in bulk and freeze it or can it to have for future use. You can even do the same with the meat balls. Make a large batch of them with this recipe and then freeze a bunch of them. Remember when using meat to always try and get local, organic, free range meat. Enjoy this great recipe and add it to your own collection.***
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2 Tablespoons butter
1 medium size onion, diced into small pieces
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 medium garlic cloves, pressed
1 (14 ounce)can diced tomatoes
1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano)
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
salt, to taste
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 1/2 pounds ground lean beef
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Spaghetti & fresh parsley for garnish if desired
Using a deep skillet, heat the butter.
Add the diced onion and cook for about 5-7 minutes to caramelize the onions. Stir as needed to prevent burning.
Add the olive oil and the pressed garlic and cook for one minute.
Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, sugar, pepper and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes. Do a taste test and add salt as needed. Shut off and set aside.
Cook the spaghetti while you are cooking the meatballs to el dente.
To make the breadcrumbs, toast 2 slices of bread. Cool the bread then place into a food processor or blender. Pulse to make fine crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to a mixing bowl.
Add the beef, parmesan cheese, egg, milk, water, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder to the bowl.
Stir with a wooden spoon to combine, then use your hands to gently squeeze the mixture together.
Form 2 inch meatballs with your hands.
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan to coat. When the oil is hot, gently place the meatballs into the pan and fry for about 15 minutes. Gently turn the balls every minute or two to avoid burning and obtain even cooking. You don't want to break up the meatballs so be careful when you turn them.
When the meatballs are done, (no longer pink inside and reach a temperature of 145F. in the middle of using a meat thermometer) add the marinara sauce. Bring to a boil, then shut off. Serve right away over the cooked spaghetti.
Garnish with bright beautiful parsley if you have it and enjoy!
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Nutrition Facts for: Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Butter, onion, olive oil, garlic cloves, canned diced tomatoes, canned tomato sauce, oregano, granulated sugar, black pepper, bread crumbs, lean ground beef, parmesan cheese egg, milk.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings * Per Serving:Calories 445, Calories from Fat 188, Total Fat 20.9g 32%, Saturated Fat 8.5g 42%, Cholesterol 151mg 50%, Sodium 1289mg 54%, Potassium 920mg 26%, Carbohydrates 20.1g 7%, Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%, Sugars 7.4g, Protein 44.4g, Vitamin A 21%, Vitamin C 26%, Calcium 21%, Iron 128%
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