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{June 24, 2010}   Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic dish! Actually, it’s not an authnetic Italian dish, but it’s still pretty amazing! I always thought it was an Italian dish, until I read Teresa Guiduice’s (from Housewives of New Jersey) cookbook Skinny Italian. I strongly suggest you go out and buy that cookbook, because it has some pretty awesome recipes! I love her recipe for marinara sauce (which I use for the sauce, making only one change, which is adding one small can of tomato sauce so I get more sauce for the spaghetti and meatballs). If you want to impress people, this is the way to go. The homemade meatballs are to die for! This is real homemade spaghetti and meatballs, we’re not using frozen premade meatballs or already made marinara sauce, trust me, you won’t go back! The funny thing about this is, it is not hard to make! The only hard part is letting the sauce simmer for a good 1 1/2 hours, to let all the flavors really come out! I took pictures of this step by step, so you know EXACTLY what to do!

1. Saute 2 tablespoons fresh basil, 1 meduim finely chopped onion, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and about 1/2 cup chopped portabella mushrooms for about 3 minutes, or until veggies look tender.

2. Add one 6 oz can tomato paste, one 8 oz can tomato sauce, one 28 oz can diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup hearty red wine (you can barely taste it, but it adds some awesome flavor, however, you can omit it), and 3 1 /2 tablespoons sugar. Let simmer.

3. Combine 1 pound turkey, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1/4 cup aged parmesan cheese, and one package Lipton onion soup mix (the lipton onion soup mix is the key to sucess!) Form into meatballs, I like to make fairly small ones, but you can do big ones if you wish.

3. Sear the meatballs in 3 tablespoons olive oil, about 2 minutes on each side, or until each sides have a brown color.

4. Add the meatballs to the sauce, and let simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Whens sauce is done simmering, add 1 lb cooked spaghetti and bon appetit!

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