meatballs and pasta

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By Ed Mayfield
from Winston Salem, NC

When craving a really simple but tasty Italian dish, this one hits the spot. Can be used with any pasta...I used whole wheat spaghetti. If you have a large bunch to feed, just double everything listed here.

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
prep time 20 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For meatballs and pasta

  • FOR THE SAUCE
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2
    onion, chopped
  • 3 clove
    garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp
    thyme, dried
  • 1/2 tsp
    basil, dried
  • 1 can
    6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 can
    15 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 2 can
    15 oz tomato sauce
  • 3 c
    water
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    pepper
  • FOR THE MEATBALLS
  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1/2 c
    breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 c
    grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    pepper
  • 1/2 c
    water
  • 1/2 lb
    spaghetti (or any other pasta)
  • 1/2 c
    shredded parmesan cheese
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How To Make meatballs and pasta

  • 1
    In a large dutch oven over medium heat, add olive oil, onions and oregano. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and cook one minute more.
  • 2
    Add tomato paste and cook for about five minutes, stirring often. Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes,water, salt and pepper. Turn heat to low and simmer, stirring every ten minutes or so.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  • 4
    Place meat in a large mixing bowl and add next seven ingredients. Mix well by hand. Scoop meat out with an ice cream scoop or something similar size, shape the balls and place on the aluminum foil.
  • 5
    Bake for 30-35 minutes, then add cooked meatballs to the simmering sauce.Continue simmering while you prepare the spaghetti.
  • 6
    Prepare spaghetti (or other pasta) according to directions. Drain, place meatballs and sauce on top and add shredded parmesan on top of that. Enjoy.

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