Friday, January 18, 2008

Mom's Spaghetti & Meatballs

This is super easy (few ingredients) and very tasty. You kind of have to wing it on the amount of spices and herbs, according to your own preference. I just made this two nights ago, should've taken a picture!

1 lg. can crushed tomatoes
2 cans tomato paste
2 cans water (from tomato paste cans)
salt & pepper
sugar (just a tad to offset the acidity of the tomatoes)

Combine all these ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat until mildly boiling, reduce to med-low heat, then add the meatballs. (Note: this sauce is also great for lasagna, manicotti or other Italian dishes. Add sausage, ground beef or chicken.)

1.5 lbs ground beef
2 pieces of bread, soaked in milk
1 egg
parmesan cheese
garlic salt
salt & pepper

Mix these ingredients together, mushing the bread and egg into the ground beef with your hand. Roll into balls (the larger they are, the longer they cook) and drop them into the sauce mixture. Cook in sauce over med-low heat at least one hour. Serve all this over spaghetti and you've got yourself one tasty, home-cooked Italian meal!

*This also makes a great crockpot recipe.