Did you ever read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs when you were a kid? The basic summary is food and drinks dropped like rain from the sky in a town called Chewandswallow. Sounds like a fun world to live in to me. But I wonder if they ever get to cook or even need to then because I definitely would not live there if that were the case. My mama is an elementary school teacher and will be retiring in 2 months (YAY!!!) and books like this one always makes me think of her and back to my childhood. This story came to my mind the other day when I was looking at my Food Bucket List and was trying to figure out what recipe I wanted to perfect. I wanted something simple and saw Spaghetti and Meatballs. I haven’t had this in years!! Every time I cook pasta it normally has a few more steps. But this is super easy, hope you enjoy!
- 1 pound ground beef
- Oil for cooking
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup finely diced onions
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon marscapone cheese optional but it keeps the meatballs moist
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 1-2 cups Tarragon and Basil marinara
- Cook spaghetti according to directions. In a saucepan over medium low heat add marinara sauce.
- In a large skillet heat 2-3 Tbsp. of oil over medium heat.
- While oil is heating up, combine all ingredients except marinara and spaghetti in a large mixing bowl. Mix with hands until fully incorporated.
- Form meatballs into the size of a golf ball. Place on plate until ready to cook. To see if the oil is ready - I take a wooden spoon and touch the oil to see if there are a few bubbles. (Adding drops of water makes it sizzle & splatter too much).
- Working in 2 batches, add half of the meatballs to the oil. Don't overcrowd the pan.
- Brown on all sides - I normally let it cook for a minute and then roll it to another side. It generally takes about 5 minutes per batch.
- Take meatballs out of the pan and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb extra oil. Repeat with the next batch of meatballs.
- Add all cooked meatballs to sauce and let it simmer on low for 5 minutes. Add meatballs and sauce to spaghetti.
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