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Spaghetti and meatballs


Main Dishes


Recipe from Susan Nye's Around the Table




A favorite meal of most kids, they’ll appreciate it even more if they help you prepare it.


Traditional Marinara Sauce (recipe follows)
1/2 lb. ground turkey
1/2 lb. pork
1/3 c. instant oatmeal
2-3 tbls.minced yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried Italian herbs
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, beaten
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Flour for dusting
Olive oil
8 oz. dried spaghetti
Parmesan cheese, grated

Make the marinara sauce.

Combine the turkey, pork, oatmeal, onion, garlic, herbs, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well.

Roll the turkey-pork mixture into meatballs. A small ice cream scoop is an easy way to make same-size meatballs.

Heat a little olive oil in a sauté pan. Dust the meatballs in flour. When the oil is hot, add the meatballs in batches and brown. Don’t crowd the pan.

Add the meatballs to the pot of marinara sauce and simmer until cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.

As the meatballs simmer, cook the spaghetti according to package directions and drain. Return the spaghetti to the pot and toss with sauce. Transfer the pasta to individual plates and top with meatballs. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

Traditional Marinara Sauce
Makes about 1 quart, enough for two batches of spaghetti and meatballs

Olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 carrot, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
Pinch or to taste dried chili pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 c. dry red wine
1 bay leaf

Heat the olive oil in a heavy medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrot and garlic, sprinkle with herbs, pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Sauté until vegetables are tender.
Add the crushed tomatoes, wine and bay leaf to the pot. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
Remove half the sauce from the pot and let cool to room temperature. Store the extra sauce in the refrigerator or freezer.

Preparation - Directions

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