Spaghetti And Meatballs

Spaghetti and meat balls

After doing much research on making the perfect meatball, I believe I have created something wonderful. Now I don't know about you, but I have always had a hard time trying to figure out the right ratio of lean meat and fat to create the perfect meatball; it would always come out kinda dry. Now I know there are some chefs out there who wouldn't agree to this method of making meatballs, and say that I am just making meatloaf... and technically that is actually the root of my inspiration, and they come out juicy and delicious! So until the day when I finally figure out the proper fat to lean meat ratio to make juicy meatballs, this is my go-to recipe!

SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS

PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 1 HOUR 5 MINUTES | YIELDS: 20 MEATBALLS, 6 SERVING


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lbs lean ground beef (80/20 lean/fat ratio)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup classic breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 24 oz jars of marinara pasta sauce (I used Ragu)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 16 oz spaghetti noodles

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl add ground beef, onions, breadcrumbs, Italian Parsley, Parmesan cheese, eggs, and seasoning.
  • Using a rubber spatula or hands, fold all ingredients in together.
How to make meatballs
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  • To make the meatballs consistent in size, I used a ice cream scooper, you can also use a spoon, just be sure that the amount you're scooping out is the same.
  • Scoop meat out, and using damp hands, form your meat balls into small golf balls sizes.
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How to make meatballs
  • Place meatballs in an oiled baking dish, and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
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  • While the meatballs are browning in the oven, at the last 5 minutes, add marinara sauce and water to a large pot and bring to a simmer.
  • Once the meatballs are done, add them to the marinara sauce making sure they are submerged.
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  • Reduced heat to low, cover and let meatballs simmer in the sauce for 45 minutes.
  • Cook your spaghetti noodles according to the package, and drain, do not rinse. 
  • Add cooked spaghetti noodles to the sauce and meatballs, and toss to coat all the noodles in sauce.
How to make spaghetti and meatballs

 

Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, fresh Italian Parsley, side of garlic Italian bread. FYI, of course I make my own, and it's super simple. Take room temperature soft butter and blend with garlic salt and garlic powder.

As usual give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it!

 

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