Ina‘s done it again. Is there nothing she can’t cook? Is there no recipe she can’t make absolutely delicious?

These spaghetti and meatballs will make you weep.

The meat mixture is superb, but the sauce is what makes it. It’s deep. Taste it and you’ll swear you’re in the Godfather movie.

Fry the meat balls in 1/4 inch of an olive and vegetable oil mixture over medium high meat. You don’t want to cook them through, just get some color on them (on all sides).

Chill them to help them keep their shape.

After you’ve cooked all the meatballs, drain the oil from the pan, but keep all the brown meat bits.

Cook the onions and garlic until tender, then splash in the wine. When almost all the wetness has gone, add the rest of the ingredients.

We ate this in front of the T.V., which I had to pause so I could savor every bite.

I really can’t say enough.

For the meatballs:
1/2 pound ground veal
1/2 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
1 cup fresh white bread crumbs (4 slices, crusts removed)
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 extra-large egg, beaten
Vegetable oil
Olive oil

For the sauce:
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 onion)
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup good red wine, such as Chianti
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, or plum tomatoes in puree, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Spaghetti Something

July 27, 2007

Spaghetti Something isn’t a set recipe; it’s a dish you can just throw together with whatever you have in the house. This is a take on a recipe By Giada that we call in our house, “Spaghetti Giada.”

I pour a couple tblsp. of olive oil in a cold pan and start to heat over medium high heat. I chop and onion and add it to the pan. Sprinkle in some red pepper flakes.

When the onions go transparent, I add a good tblsp. of tomato paste and 2 cans of diced tomatoes. Wilt in some spinach (we used Chard tonight).

Finally, toss in the noodles and dollop fresh goat cheese on the top. S&P to taste.