Spaghetti and Meatballs, Just Spaghetti, Meatball Subs– There are so many things you can make out of this recipe.
Approximate Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Level of difficulty: moderate
This happens to be one of the top picks from Honey’s kitchen by the men in our family, so I wasn’t surprised when Mom decided to make this dish first. (Plus, it’s Shep’s favorite and it’s mostly all about Shep at Honey and Papa’s house.) Honestly, I never make this. Usually because there is some leftover when Mom makes it and she is always willing to share. I know, it’s unfair to the rest of the world. I wish everybody had a Honey in their life!
Here’s what you’ll need for the meatballs: 2 lbs. of hamburger meat, two eggs, 2 cloves of minced garlic, one minced onion , 1 cup of bread crumbs, 1/3 of a bunch of chopped parsley, 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese, and 2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper. Also olive oil for sautéing.
*It is important to know that you can use whatever brands you like. Mom usually buys mostly organic, but you definitely don’t have to.
In a large bowl, throw all of the above ingredients in!
Mix these ingredients together: Are you ready? WITH YOUR HANDS. I know, you didn’t see that coming, did you? Don’t be afraid! Conquering your kitchen fears starts HERE.
I promise that is the toughest part! Just a few more steps and you’ll be done with the meatballs! You”ll be so glad you did this, and so will your husband. I’m sure of it! Now, roll the meat into 1-inch balls, place on a cutting board. This should make about 20 meatballs.
Next, to cook the meatballs: cover the bottom of your skillet with olive oil, turn heat to medium high. When the oil heats, add your meatballs. After about 5 minutes, when they are browned on one side, flip meatballs to the other side until both sides are seared (about another 5-10 minutes). Note: meatballs will not be cooked through. They will finish cooking in sauce.
You’re finished with the meatballs! Put on a plate and set aside. Pour out oil, but don’t put your skillet away or clean it quite yet- lots of flavor stuck to the pan! Don’t you feel accomplished now? Sort of like a homemaking Goddess? Well, you should, even if you’re wearing yoga pants and no makeup. That’s what I think, anyway. Now, On to the Homemade Spaghetti Sauce.
You will need the following to make the sauce: two large cans of whole tomatoes, a chopped yellow onion, two cloves of garlic, a small package of fresh basil (it’s about $2.50 at Brookshires and mom insists that buying this fresh is worth it.) You’ll rinse and use all of the basil- entire leaves, stems and all. Oh, 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. of sugar (not pictured- we’re beginners at food blog picture taking). *If you’re family likes lots of sauce, add 1 28. oz can of tomato puree.
Add all of that in to your food processor or blender: Blend until the consistency that you like.
Now, pour this rich red goodness back into your skillet. Add the meatballs, bring to a boil, then cover and turn down to low to simmer for one hour. I feel like this picture doesn’t do this masterpiece justice. Sadly, it’s the only picture mom and I took of this step. So It’ll have to do. Why don’t you try imagining the meatballs covered in fresh, homemade marinara sauce that you just created from scratch. Or, just look down at what you’ve done thus far and you won’t have to imagine. Hooray! Pressing on…
Almost finally, cook your spaghetti noodles. Choose any noodles you like and cook following the instructions given on the noodle package. When you finish, drain and set aside.
Finally, assemble your spaghetti plate! Sprinkle a little fresh parmesan cheese on top and see your family staring in awe. At least, that’s what happens at my parent’s house when Honey makes this.
-Shep approves! If your babies are too little for meatballs, like Shep, you can just feed them this delicious sauce and noodles.
Okay, if the meatballs are too overwhelming just yet, or if you don’t have time to make them, just brown your ground beef and add to the sauce instead. However, the meatballs are worth it- promise! This dish freezes well. Also, you can use the left over meatballs for meatball marinara subs for the next night. Stay tuned for Roasted Tuscan Chicken and Easy Banana Pudding coming soon.
Love and Blessings,
From Honey’s Kitchen