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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Best Spaghetti & Meatballs


This Sunday best Spaghetti and meatballs is a delight to have any day of the week, or for any occasion. The homemade spaghetti sauce is a sweet sauce that is loaded with extra goodies fit for a king. For vegetarian cooking, simply change the ground meat for meatless crumbles, or just add to it any veggies you prefer. Zucchini is a great addition to meatless spaghetti. This recipe clearly is a family and fan favorite.






Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Spaghetti uncooked (a quarter sized round of spaghetti per person)


For the meatballs

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup potato chip crumbs (I like to use veggie chips at time and I used sweet potato chips this time around.)
  • 1/2 large yellow onion chopped finely
  • 1/2 green bell pepper chopped finely
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4  cup taco sauce or salsa
  • 1/8 cup honey mustard


For the sauce

  • 1 - 18 ounce can Hunts tomato paste
  • 16 ounces water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 green onions chopped (or as desired)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 fresh clove of garlic minced
  • 4-5 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup + sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • Salt as needed
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil, lard, or bacon grease (I use A LOT of bacon grease for that extra YUM)


Directions:

Meatballs
Combine all prepared ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl.
Mix with your hands to thoroughly blend it all evenly.
Shape meat mixture into balls of desired size.
Place on baking sheet and bake in hot oven at 375 degrees F until browned and completely cooked through.
Set aside until your sauce is finished cooking.



Sauce


In a medium sauce pan, heat vegetable oil, and saute onions, cilantro, garlic, green peppers and mushrooms until slightly translucent, tender but snappy. I sprinkle salt and pepper on these but didn't add the extra to the ingredients list.











Once the veggies sweat a bit, add the tomato paste and water and still until smooth.















Add remaining sauce ingredients.
Turn the heat down to low, and add meatballs to the sauce.
Simmer, covered with a lid 20 - 30 minutes.

Cook raw spaghetti according to package directions.
Serve meatballs and sauce over cooked noodles.







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