spaghetti and meatballs

i didn’t grow up with spaghetti and meatballs as a kid. now that i’m older, it seems funny to order something mostly eaten by kids – after all how many grow ups eat things things that are proportionally humorous – a ball bigger than your fist! after watching food channels, it can be grown-up and eat spaghetti and meatballs in the comforts of my own home!

this recipe was so easy to make and is tasty and fun. i bumped up the garlic and red pepper flakes because i like it garlicky and spicy so this ain’t for kids. enjoy being young at heart!

Ingredients

For spaghetti

  • 1 pound spaghetti

For meatballs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 3 teaspoons salt-free garlic and herb seasoning – or –
    2 teaspoons salt free garlic + 1 teaspoon italian dressing seasoning
  • ground pepper

For tomato sauce

  • 2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • grated Parmesan, optional

Preparation

Heat oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.

In a large bowl, combine beef and garlic and herb seasoning, 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Mix well and shape mixture into meatballs (about 16 meatballs).

Add meatballs into pot and cook 5 minutes, until golden brown on all sides. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, and red pepper flakes and bring to a simmer. Simmer 10 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in basil. Serve sauce over spaghetti.

If desired, top with Parmesan just before serving.

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original recipe from Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller: Spaghetti and Meatballs

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