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Apr 05 2009

The Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

Published by at 10:13 pm under Cooking at Home

My parents had a family friend from out of town visit us, and since it was her last day yesterday, we decided to invite them over for dinner. My mom asked us to make spaghetti because she thinks it’s a simple meal to prepare – but in reality, it literally took all day to make! Let’s just say we wanted to make it from scratch.

Since Daniel won't touch Ragu or Prego with a 10-foot pole, I had to make the spaghetti sauce using crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. By doing so, we're able to add our own seasonings and flavor.

Since Daniel won't touch Ragu or Prego with a 10-foot pole, I had to make the spaghetti sauce using crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. By doing so, we're able to add our own seasonings and flavor.

I started by sweating the onions, carrots and celery in a big pot, then added the huge can of crushed tomatoes.

I started by sweating the onions, carrots and celery in a big pot, then added the huge can of crushed tomatoes.

One of my favorite flavors is roasted garlic - so this was definitely an added boost to the pot of spaghetti sauce.

One of my favorite flavors is roasted garlic - so this was definitely an added boost to the pot of spaghetti sauce. Roasted garlic helps to eliminate that raw garlic taste. This is how I do it: peel the garlic cloves and throw it in your small toaster oven. Drizzle some olive oil on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for about 10 minutes at 300 degrees. The garlic gets almost translucent in color and very soft in texture. Doesn't hurt to pop a few in your mouth before chopping it up for the spaghetti sauce!!

Our backyard is a garden of fresh herbs and I got the opportunity to put it to good use. This is a snapshot of our basil and curly Italian parsley.

Our backyard is a garden of fresh herbs and I got the opportunity to put it to good use. This is a snapshot of our basil and curly Italian parsley.

In addition to that, I also used a couple of bay leaves and thyme. The fresh herbs really create a fragrant aroma - definitely beats dried herbs any day.

In addition to that, I also used a couple of bay leaves and thyme. The fresh herbs really create a fragrant aroma - definitely beats dried herbs any day.

The herbs were fine chopped and dropped into the sauce to continue simmering.

The herbs were fine chopped and added to the sauce to continue simmering. I think in total, I left it on the stove for almost 4-5 hours to help reduce the sauce, as well as the acidic taste from the tomatoes

Button mushrooms were added as well. Even though it shrinks from the heat, it still gives the sauce texture and earthy flavor.

Button mushrooms were added as well. Even though it shrinks from the heat, it still gives the sauce texture and a nice earthy flavor.

At last, the meatballs were prepared by using ground beef, bread crumbs, 2 eggs, garlic, parsley, salt & pepper.

At last, the meatballs were prepared by using ground beef, bread crumbs, 2 eggs, garlic, parsley, parmigiano-reggiano, salt & pepper. After setting them up in single file line, it was baked at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, rotating halfway.

Spaghetti and meatballs is such a great comfort food. It will always remain one of my favorites - and I'm sure with my family, too!

Spaghetti and meatballs is such a great comfort food. I always make a big pot so that there's leftovers. It will always remain one of my favorites - and I'm sure for my family, too!

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “The Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs”

  1. Foodaddict buddyon 06 Apr 2009 at 1:59 pm

    That spaghetti looks great. I would like to try out that roasted garlic in other dishes.

  2. thefoodaddictson 06 Apr 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I just edited the blog to let readers know how I did the roasted garlic. It’s really simple and tastes great. I even snack on it sometimes – but then I’m left with stinky breath!

  3. Desmone007on 07 Apr 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I agree, that spaghetti looks really good….I’m a pasta lover! Your photos are really good too. Thanks for sharing the recipe and glad to see you on Foodista!

  4. thefoodaddictson 07 Apr 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you for visiting us! We have a lot of different pasta dishes that we plan to make soon, so stay tuned. Yum!

  5. nohemi Gomezon 03 Oct 2011 at 2:42 pm

    my little girl was hungry and i asked her whar do u want to eat. she is 4yrs old and she said i want spaghetti&meatballs i started looking for recipies and she saw this one in particular and i change the picture like 3 times and she keeps pointing this one and she said mommy i want this one so am going to do it. it looks yummy

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