Spaghetti and Meat Balls is on of my favorites. When I have the time I like getting the mixer out and making fresh pasta served with pasta sauce and home made Italian style meat balls.
When I go to a new restaurant and they have it on the menu, I will more than likely try it; or at the very least, try a side of meatballs. I enjoy my pasta Al Dente, it doesn’t need to be fresh pasta, just cooked right. As for the meat ball, I want it home made and not more bread than meat. I find myself comparing other spaghetti and meatball recipes to my own. Some come close. I hope you give this a try.
Ingredients: Makes about 40, 1” meatballs
- ½ LB Ground Beef
- ½ LB Ground Veal
- ½ LB Italian Sausage, hot if you want a little kick
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups Italian Style Bread Crumbs
- 2 cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 cup chopped fresh Italian Parsley
- 1 tbs fresh chopped Thyme
- 1 tbs oregano
- 1 tbs Fresh chopped Basil
- 2 tbs Olive Oil,(evoo)
- 2 tbs Garlic Powder
- ½ finely chopped or grated onion
- Fresh Mozzarella
- fresh pasta if possible
- 2 Jars of my favorite pasta sauce, Tuttorosso.
Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. If too wet, add more Parmesan Cheese or bread crumbs. If too dry, add a little more evoo. Blend together till ingredients are well incorporated. Roll out meatballs placing a small mozzarella ball in the center and set aside. I personally like them about 1”, they cook faster. You can cook them a few ways. One is in a skillet or can bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. A third way is to drop them right into your sauce, but makes sauce a little to greasy for me; especially since I use raw Italian Sausage in my sauce. I prefer the oven method but don’t get the same texture as in a skillet. I found a kitchen appliance that can do both. No mess and gives me the texture.
This has been a work in progress. Friends and family love my Spaghetti and Meatball recipe, they request it when I invite them over for dinner. I even put them to work making fresh pasta. I figure I have the KitchenAid Pasta Roller Mixer Attachment, I might as well use it.
Even though I can make great Italian Style Meatballs at home, I still compare them to the ones served when I go out to dinner. Every now and then I will find a restaurant that makes great Italian Style Meatballs.
Again, if you like Italian and enjoy cooking, I hope you give this recipe a try. Play with it and make it your own.
The following kitchen tools were used in the creation of this recipe.
The Meatball Shop Cookbook