Saturday, June 23, 2007

In honer of Drake


I'm taking dinner to my best friends house tonight to celebrate the arrival of Drake.
He was born 6 lb 1.4 oz and 19 inches long.

He is just beautiful and I can't wait to get there an hold him. Reagan and I are taking the dinner and the boys are staying home to watch the Beavers play in game 1 of the championship game for the college world series. We are defending our title and going up against the same team we did last year North Carolina.



Spaghetti & Meatballs

The recipe was brought over from Italy and passed to my mother-in-law from her father and then passed to Tim who has altered it and made it his own. The recipe today is Tim's version.


Meatballs:
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage
  • 1/2 c. seasoned bread crumbs (we use Italian style)
  • 3 T. fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/8 t. pepper
  • 1/2 t. oregano
  • 1/2 t. basil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/3 c. milk

Combine all ingredients mix well. Shape into meatballs. Cook in large (non-stick works the best for us) put enough olive oil to coat the pan. If you use non-stick you don't have to use very much. Add to simmering sauce and cook for an additional 10 minutes at the minimum, to let the flavors blend, we let ours simmer for about an hour, we think it tastes better. Pour over 1lb. cooked pasta. Tastes even better the next day.

Sauce:
  • 3T olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 6oz cans of tomato paste
  • 3 cans of water (use the tomato paste cans) you can also use some wine if you life
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1 1/2 t. dry basil
  • 1 1/2 t. oregano
  • 1 1/2 t. Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • you can also add crushed red pepper
Heat olive oil in large sauce pan. Saute onions, mushrooms, and garlic until onions are transparent. Add tomato paste & water, stir until smooth. Add sugar & seasonings. Simmer for at least 30 minutes. After about 20 minutes taste the sauce and if it tastes bitter you can add more sugar or salt if it needs it, ours almost always needs more sugar. We let ours simmer for at least an hour after the meatballs are added.

We also serve with it roasted garlic bread, a nice salad, and maybe some roasted asparagus or whatever is fresh.

In case people don't know what the abbreviations mean in the recipe here they are:
T = Tablespoon
t = teaspoon
c = cup

Hope you enjoy the recipe, leave a comment if you have any questions.

2 comments:

Scott and Shana said...

Ohh.. that recipe looks good!

Christy said...

Can I tell last nights batch was so good, it was perfect!!