CLASSIC SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS

Who doesn't love a classic spaghetti and meatballs? It seems almost everybody has a fond memory associated with this classic family dinner meal. I found that there are still quite a lot of people that don't know how to make this favourite, so I thought I would place this recipe on the spotlight on Food Tastes Yummy and do this comfort food proud!

Serves 4

Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F.

Baking time: 10-12 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 3-1/2 cups of Classic Marinara Sauce (click on this link for my easy classic recipe)
  • 12 oz. spaghetti
  • 1 lb. Lean ground pork or beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup dry Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp ketchup
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (extra needed when serving)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (extra needed when serving)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp each: coarse salt and ground pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with foil. In a large bowl, mix together all of the listed meatball ingredients. The easiest way of doing this is to use your clean hands. Make sure not to overmix, you don't want tough meatballs.

2. Shape the meatballs using a 1 tbsp measure as a guideline, and then place each meatball onto the lined baking sheet. Place it into the oven and bake it for about 10-12 minutes. Make sure not to overcook this.

3. Place a large pot of boiling water and salt the water. Place in the spaghetti and cook it until al dente, which should take about 8 minutes. Reheat the marinara sauce in a large deep pan.

4. Place the drained spaghetti into the pan with the marinara sauce and using tongs gently mix it altogether. Take out the baked meatballs and gently mix those into the spaghetti and sauce as well. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


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