Friday, June 4, 2010


Mmm, homemade meatballs. This morning i was digging through my freezer looking for something to take for my lunch, and i came across a fist size ball of hamburger, probably leftover when i did not devide the package up evenly. I usually buy family packs, and devide it into 4 or 5 balls, that way i always have meat on hand if i want to make something.

I usually do not do anything fancy to my hamburger when i make meatballs. No crackers, bread or eggs. Just plain old hamburger and some spices. Tonight i used a beef marinade spice i picked up last summer at a local craft and bake sale, and i added a bit of dried garlic. Sometimes, i will use grated Parmesan cheese, onion or green peppers. After mixing the spices in well, i roll the meat into balls and bake them in a covered dish for about half an hour. Mmm, Meatballs.

So, what to serve with the meatballs? Spaghetti of course! I have to use up the rest of my homemade pasta sauce soon, this is the perfect chance! To add flavor to the sauce, i threw some garlic butter into the bottom of a saucepan and browned some onions. After they were nicely caramelized, i added the sauce and stirred it well. Cover (important!) and let it simmer for a bit. Just before i took the sauce off, i stirred in some grated Parmesan cheese. While all this was happening, i boiled my pasta and made some garlic bread.

Garlic bread is super easy, i just spread some garlic butter on a slice of bread, bake it for about 5 minutes, then add cheese if i am craving it, and broil it for another few minutes. Watch it if it is under the broiler, it only takes half a minute to get from nicely brown and burnt crispy! You can get the garlic butter in the deli at your grocery store, or in the bulk store in the wet bucket area.

The bread turned out a little light because i put it in to late and am impatient, and the meatballs were a bit burnt because i left them in the oven after it was off to save counter space, but dinner was still delicious!

Serve the pasta, with sauce and meatballs on top. Yummy!

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