Friday, February 19, 2016

Dinner Tonight: Sauce Like Your Nana Made

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After a long week, our Friday nights tend to be pretty low-key. Tonight I'm looking forward to a little comfort food, and spaghetti and meatballs sounds perfect. My mother-in-law shared this recipe- it's easy, delicious, and authentically Italian.

What You'll Need:
1 can tomato paste
1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
5 cloves garlic, minced
Chopped fresh parsley
Olive Oil
Sugar, salt, pepper, dried oregano (to taste)
1 lb lean ground beef
1 yellow onion, diced
1 egg
Grated parmesan
Breadcrumbs

Directions:
  1. Start with the sauce. In a heavy pot, add about 2 Tbsp olive oil. Once it's shimmering, add 3 cloves of the minced garlic. Simmer until it's golden.
  2. Add the can of tomato paste and cook it with the garlic for a few minutes, then fill the tomato paste can with water and add that to the pan. 
  3. Add a dash of sugar, salt, pepper, and oregano. Less than a 1/2 tsp of each is all you need- just eyeball it!
  4. Add the larger can of tomatoes and about 1 cup of water. Reduce heat and simmer while you make the meatballs. 
  5. In a bowl, add the ground beef, onion, remaining garlic, a sprinkle or two of fresh parsley, one egg, 1/2 cup grated parm and a palm full of breadcrumbs. Add a pinch or two of salt and pepper.
  6. With clean wet hands, mix the meat mixture until all ingredients are combined. Form 2 inch meatball shapes and drop them gently into the sauce.
  7. With all of the meatballs in the sauce, simmer for at 1-2 hours, allowing the meat to cook through. 
  8.  Cook and drain the pasta and add a bit of the sauce to the pasta to keep it from sticking. Serve with the meatballs and enjoy!
I'm going to whip up a simple green salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette and a nectarine and blackberry cobbler for dessert. We're kicking off the weekend with full bellies!

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