Spaghetti and Italian Meatballs

My husband and I have been out of town so much lately, I actually haven’t had to cook in a while. When I do, it ends up being something I’ve already done.
Sometimes I ask him what he wants for dinner and he actually gives it some thought. Sometimes I get a “I don’t care…Whatever sounds good” and then other times I get a definite answer.

So the other day I got “pasta?”. Thankfully I had some spaghetti noodles on hand, and just enough for a couple servings for the both of us. I wanted to make it a little more exciting than just pasta so I went ahead and made my own meatballs. Along with the Pumpkin Bread (see previous post for recipe) this was my first time making these.

There are so many different options for making meatballs…Cheese filled, beef, Italian sausage, vegetarian (not sure I wanna know what that tastes like), etc.

Anyway, I decided to put Italian sausage and ground beef both in to make a nice Italian style meatball.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs (Panko or any other kind you can find)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (I used store bought minced garlic)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan (or freshly grated)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper

Step 1:  Heat the oven to 350.

Step 2:  In a medium sized mixing bowl, add meat and mix together well with you hand or a spoon. Once you finish this go ahead and start adding each ingredient either one at a time (and mixing after) or a couple at a time and mixing well.

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Step 3:  Make slightly larger than golf ball sized meatballs and place them on a flat non-stick pan or (what I decided to use) in a muffin pan which helps them not roll around.

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Try not to make them too big because you’ll want them to cook through evening.

Step 4:  Place in the oven and cook for 40 minutes, flipping them when you are halfway through.

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Because I went through making the meatballs and cooking the noodles I didn’t want to make my own sauce so I got a nice one that was on sale that day.

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I went ahead and put the meatballs into the sauce to let them marinate in it for a bit.
The result was really great.

Some Italian meatball recipes will tell you to add Parsley. I didn’t have any fresh and the sausage had enough flavor for me, plus the garlic you use anyway.

Sub for a meatball sandwich and you’ve got it made!

Enjoy

 

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Muffins, Cookies, and Pumpkin Bread

Ok…Well maybe I have a little more than a sweet tooth. As the weather gets colder (call me crazy, but I’m really enjoying it) I get more urges to bake and make hot dinners.
I found a few recipes that were really great and turned out pretty well. They’re also super easy.

I basically had a muffin day and made the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins (I messed up a little…I put in butter. But they still tasted amazing) and muffins donuts. YUM

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Let’s start out with the Cinnamon Donut Muffins with homemade glaze.

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Here are some that have their first coat of glaze and some that don’t.

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It makes a bit of a mess, but with the big cutting board I didn’t have too many issues.

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They were pretty popular. The peanut butter ones were more popular though. Ha

Now for the Double Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Seriously…These were so good. I’ve been sending treats to work with Peter for his co-workers. These ones didn’t make it.
Hmmm…I wonder why?

I really love it when the ingredients separate. So cool.

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Anyway-Back on track.

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Before

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And After.

I decided to skip the sprinkling of chocolate on the top. Maybe next time.

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Next we have the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread.

This was A-Ma-Zing. I kid you not. Next time I think I’ll try Banana Bread or Chocolate Banana Bread. But this was a great treat for the start of fall.

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It looked a bit like hummus (someone guessed that when I posted this on Facebook).

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I went ahead and just dumped the whole bag (it was the smaller size) of semi-sweet chocolate chips in.
As some of you probably know, because the pumpkin puree is so wet it takes longer for this to cook. Just follow the recipe and check frequently while baking. Mine actually took over an hour to cook where it wasn’t super wet. I just waited until only chocolate came out with the fork.

Also-As I didn’t have it, I didn’t put in the cloves. It was perfectly fine. 🙂

I brought this one home when I visited family and it only lasted about five minutes from the time I cut it up and put it on the table. Peter really liked eating it with a glass of milk.

And last but not least is the Double Chocolate Chip and Butterscotch Cookies.

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So these are actually supposed to be triple chocolate chip, but I didn’t have the white so I just put in two. They’re still pretty awesome.

With the first batch I cooked them at 9 minutes and they were great. I didn’t smoosh them down like I did with the second batch (see photo above). Because of that the first set ended up being more of a chunk of cookie (no complaints though) since there is so much chocolate inside.

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The second batch I cooked at 10 minutes and again they were perfect. I think the difference here from my other cookies is that I used the Silpat.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Happy Fall! 🙂