Spaghetti and Meatballs

Despite the name of this blog, the star of last night’s dinner actually didn’t come from Costco. You can use ground beef or ground pork for this recipe, and instead of using Kirkland Signature organic ground beef (my easy meal go to), I defrosted some ground pork from the freezer. I have no less than four sisters-in-law, and not a dud in the bunch. They got together and purchased half a pig for my husband’s birthday and we are STILL working our way through this fabulous gift. Since there are only two adult appetites in our family, I call this recipe a double batch, but for a full sized family of four it would probably be perfect. I love it because I can freeze half and heat it up for an instant meal on a busy night. 

Easy Peasy Meatballs

  1. 1 1/2 lbs ground meat
  2. 1 large onion
  3. 2 eggs
  4. Half a cup breadcrumbs
  5. 2-3 garlic cloves or a generous shake of garlic powder
  6. Bunch of parsley, Italian seasoning, or other delicious herbs
  7. 1/2 tsp Salt

  
I’m not a gourmet cook, I’m a do what you have to do to get a home cooked meal on the table kind of cook. So that being said, I’m more than okay replacing fresh herbs with dried and chopped garlic with garlic powder depending on what I have on hand and how much time I have. 

Dice and sauté the onions in some olive oil with a pinch of salt until soft. If you’re using fresh garlic, chop and toss in with the onions for the last 30 seconds until aromatic. Finely chop fresh herbs if you’re using. 

Then throw all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl! Didn’t I say easy peasy?  

 
I like to use my KitchenAid stand mixer for absolutely everything. It makes my life so much easier. I also like that I don’t have to wait for the onions to cool off when making this recipe, because if you don’t use a mixer you will burn your hands if you don’t wait a minute before getting up close and personal with your ingredients. With the mixer I can cruise through this task in a minute flat. 

  
Once everything is good and mixed, get in there (or back in there) with your hands to form balls and equally space in a baking pan. Then throw them in the oven at 375 for 30 minutes. I made 20 meatballs with this recipe. 

  
I use Hunts tomato sauce for all my pasta meals. I like to stock up when it’s on sale for $1 or less at Safeway. I usually use half the can and freeze half, but for this double batch I used the full can heated and poured over spaghetti for four. I also tossed in a few handfuls of chopped kale into the sauce. This is my favorite way to get nutritious greens into my kids without them complaining. I put it in every red sauce. Then I put half the spaghetti in a glass Pyrex for freezing topped with ten meatballs for a future dinner. Future me will be thinking me for this soon!

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