Spaghetti & Meatballs

First off I’ll just say I don’t measure my spices for the sauce, I’ll call it the Italian in me but I just add a little here give it a taste and add a little more as needed, but I tried to give it some measurements best I could.

This is what most Itilians would call a Sunday supper, but I’ve cut it down to be a anyday meal how ever it’s not one of my fast fixes. This one does take a little longer than most weeknight meals

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Serves 6-8

Prep Time 30-45 Mins                                                  Cook Time 1hr

Meatball Ingredients

  • 1 Lb. extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 Lb. or 2 Links hot Italian sausage ( I used chicken but you can use pork)
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Package frozen spinach cooked and squeezed dry (make sure you get all the moisture out)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl.
  2. Form into meat balls any size you would like cook time will vary based on size.
  3. Cook at 350 degrees for 20-40 mins depending on size. ( should be cooked through and nicely browned) flip them 1/2 way through cooking time.

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Sauce Ingredients ( I like to double this recipe and freeze 1/2 of the sauce)

  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes ( I like San Marzano)
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • Minced garlic ( as much or little as you like) WE LOVE OUR GARLIC!!
  • 1/2 Tbsp. each dried oregano, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil & 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar to finish off.

Directions

  1. Heat oil in large pot.
  2. Add garlic and onions and cook until soft.
  3. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  4. Bring to low simmer.
  5. Add wine and all herbs except fresh basil & vinegar.
  6. Simmer on low for 45 mins, Once meat balls are done you can add them to the sauce during the simmering time if you would like. I feel this gives them more flavor and keeps them moist.
  7. In the last 10 mins of cooking add basil and vinegar

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  • Serve over your favorite pasta cooked, or you could also make these and have meatball sandwiches.

 

 

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