To Die for Spaghetti and Meatballs-Moms Go to Weeknight Dinner!!

"This recipe is a staple in my household, made every week and the flavors are fantastic plus its super simple to prepare especially for moms on the go like me who don't want to spend hours in the kitchen on weeknights!!! Got this from Once Upon A Chef website!!! Love it!!"
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  • Preheat over to 350.
  • In large bowl, mix egg, basil, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, garlic and water.
  • Add meat, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese and mix until just combined (get your hands dirty it tastes better hand made! ).
  • Take 2 tbs meat mixture and roll into balls and place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Flip and cook another 10 minutes.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, bring marinara sauce to simmer (add a pinch of sugar, garlic & black pepper!).
  • Transfer meatballs to large saute pan with tomato sauce and cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook spaghetti.
  • Drain and toss with sauce and meatballs in the same pan.
  • Garnish with basil and parmesan cheese!

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  1. The meatballs, which is essentially what this recipe is, were truly delicious, even though I wasn't able to follow the recipe to the letter. I didn't have fresh herbs, so I used a lesser amount of dried, cutting the basil and oregano down to a tablespoon each, and adding some dried thyme and savery in place of the fresh parsley. I needed to use up some hot Italian sausage, so I used a pound of the sausage and half a pound of ground beef to make the meatballs. I followed the rest of the recipe to the letter. I think the recipe calls for too much breadcrumbs, so next time I'll start with a half cup and add more as I need them. And, I'll be using real, fresh Parmesan next time, not the canned dehydrated stuff, which was all I had. I wasn't able to find the particular brand of spaghetti sauce you mentioned, so went with traditional Prego, which soehow, just didn't work for me. I also didn't care for combining the sauce, meatballs, and pasta all together before serving, so next time, I'll have each of those components seperate and let diners make up their own plates. I think this is a good recipe and I intend to hang on to it, but I also plan to tweak it a bit to make it even better. When I do, I'll submit a new review an let you know if my changes worked for me. I'm considering making my own sauce from canned tomatoes, but that would add some extra prep work, so will have to decide how to tackle that issue as well. Anyway, thanks for sharing.



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