Saturday, July 24, 2010

Spaghetti & Meatballs

These are the BEST meatballs in the world!

There are a lot of things I am eminently not qualified to comment on, this however is not one of them. I can guarantee you that when you make these you will love me even more than you do now. You are going to want to bring me cookies, cakes, chocolates, flowers (I like wildflowers and milk chocolate, in case you are writing this down)
Ok so lets get this show on the road!

You will need:
4 slices of bread
¼ cup Parmesan (the powder)
¼ cup of water
2 eggs
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 tbs. Parsley
1 lb. hamburger meat

In a bowl tear the bread into small pieces, like so.

(Please try to ignore my photography skills)

Add the Parmesan, water, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley. Than add 2 cloves of crushed garlic. (warning: I am in love with garlic, it is in almost all my main dishes-it must be fresh, and it must be crushed. This is mandatory)

Stir it all up with a fork until it looks like this

Then add in the meat. Note: You can use beef, or beef/pork or if you want to be healthy (which I would not advise) then you can use ground turkey. I just use beef.
Stir it all up again, till it looks like this

Then make into balls. I make mine golf ball size, but you can make them bigger or smaller depending on your preference.

Once this is done heat up a skillet or large pan to med/high or 350. I use an electric skillet. These babies are the best, I use it to cook a lot of things. A worthy investment. Brown the meatballs on all sides.

The meatballs wont be completely cooked through, but thats ok bc they will simmer for awhile.
Once this is done start on the sauce.

The sauce recipe is as follows
1 Jar Ragu Traditional. You can make your own sauce if you are super ambitious, but since I am not ambitious at all, I choose the jar. This one is the BEST, you can use Prego or Newman’s or some specialty sauce but this particular one is the only one I can endorse. I have tried others and they have just left me disappointed. Disappointed and alone. It was very traumatic, I would like to forget all about it.


Ok moving on, you will need
Another 2 cloves garlic crushed
¼ cup Parmesan (the powder)
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. Oregano

Mix the above and set aside

Chop some green onions,add the green onions to the meatballs to cook them a little (you can add as many green onions as you want) I forgot to take a picture of this step, so you are on your own.

After they have cooked for a few minutes add the sauce mixture to the skillet. Stir gently to cover meatballs . Cover and let simmer a few hours or less. You can really cook it as long as you want. Or as little as you want.

mmmmmmmmmm! There are not words.

Ok I forgot to plate it and take a picture, instead I scarfed it down. I don't have a lot of patience. I did get a picture of the meatball I tried while the rest were simmering. Check it.....

On top of spaghetti all covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed. Ahhh good times. Enjoy!


  1. I will have to make some. My oldest son has been asking for meatballs recently. Now I am suddenly hungry...

  2. Okay, awesome, I'm putting ragu on the shopping list. can't wait to try it! how many green onions??

  3. I put in a whole bunch. A bunch is prepackaged in the store. I use all the white part of the onion and some green. You can add as little or as much as you want. It will be good either way!

  4. looks and sounds amazing! question for you...when you say "crushed garlic" you mean pressed in a garlic press, or just crush it with a knife?? wondering how it gets blended into everything if it's just crushed...


  5. I crush garlic with a garlic press, but if you dont have one just mince the garlic with a knife. I just think garlic pressed gives it more flavor! Fresh Garlic is so yum!!!

  6. YEAH! Rague nearly broke up our friendship one cold winter in colorado.... just kiddin. But i will never forget that you MADE me take the jar of Prego back to the store and replace it with a jar of Rague. Heaven help us!!!!

  7. i love these meatballs! :-) although i never knew about adding the green onions...does your mom do that or is that your own personal touch?

  8. Made these tonight, and they were a hit! I love how simple they are, though i didn't have meat balls, i had meat peaks... i'll have to work on that one.