Spaghetti and Meatballs

I hope you all had a great fourth of July! It’s one of my favorite holidays and I didn’t even make a red, white, and blue dessert! It was too hot for baking and the baby was being snuggly that day so we just had fruit popsicles. Next year I want to convince family to come out for a big BBQ party and I’ll let my love of baking and the fourth of July collide. (Mom, Lacey, Aaron or whoever is reading this just plan on it okay? Mmkay good.)

Well today is my sister Savannah’s 20th birthday! (woot woot!) She’s in Norway right now and is nine days away from being out a full year! I’m way too excited for her to come home. Anyways, in honor of today I’m posting one of her favorites, spaghetti! When we were growing up we’d tease her about having a hollow leg because she could eat plates and plates of spaghetti, and her face would be stained for the rest of the night from the spaghetti sauce. Man I wish I had a picture!

I guess this one will have to do! Showin off our crazy, goofy selves. Smooshie come hoooome!!

This recipe isn’t the recipe that my mom would make growing up, but her’s is delicious! I remember her letting it simmer for what seemed like hours. She’d be somewhere in the house and we’d hear her yell “whoever is in the kitchen stir the spaghetti!” Maybe one day she’ll share her secret with me and I can post it on here. (hint hint) She’d also put the hamburger right into her sauce, which I’ve done every time I make my sauce because meatballs never seemed worth the extra effort. For some reason this time I was wanting meatballs! I don’t think I’ve had actual meatballs in spaghetti sauce until now. Weird. But I’m super glad I did, they turned out amazing and they’re so much easier than I thought. I baked them while I mixed up my sauce and then quickly threw it together. I wish I would’ve taken a picture of my beautiful meatballs all crispy and gorgeous on the baking sheet. I couldn’t wait for the sauce to be done and I had to sample one, or two. I could’ve just eaten all of them on their own. They were SO good! Now I want spaghetti and meatballs. Maybe I’ll try doing it in the crockpot… Anyways, let’s get started!

For the meatballs:

1 1/2 pounds ground hamburger

1 T. dried parsley

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. garlic salt

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

– Mix all ingredients together and shape into balls. (I don’t have a cookie scoop and so I just used my hands to form 20 equal sized beautiful meatballs)

– Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and set aside. (if you do use a cookie scoop they might be smaller than mine so you may not need to bake them as long.)

For the sauce:

2 T. olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

28 oz. crushed tomatoes

15 oz. petite diced tomatoes

6 oz. tomato paste

1 tomato, diced

1 T. parsley

1 T. basil

2 T. oregano

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1 T. sugar

Directions:

РSaut̩ onion and garlic in the olive oil.

– Add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and the fresh diced tomato.

– Add the spices and let simmer for 30 minutes.

– Then add the meatballs and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

Serve over noodles and dig in! Confession, I had to steal my husband’s bowl for this picture because I ate mine with spaghetti squash, but real noodles make it look prettier. I need to get my hands on a veggie spiralizer thing so I can make zucchini noodles. Maybe a zucchini chicken alfredo!? One day!

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