The first thing you need to do is get out your Dean Martin CD's and play then while your cooking.
The next thing you need to do is pour yourself a nice glass of Chianti or other red wine, if you're so inclined.
Ready to make the meatballs?
Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a fork and then your hands to combine well.
Use a meatball scoop to measure out the meatballs. This makes it so much easier. Add them to a cookie sheet as you go. It keeps your counters clean and then you can refrigerate them.
Mom's Meatballs with Spaghetti
1 lb ground beef
1/2 C bread crumbs
1/2 C Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 C milk
1 T Italian herb seasoning
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1/8 t nutmeg
2 T minced fresh parsley, or 1 T dried
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Combine all ingredients well. Use a meatball scoop to form the meatballs and then gently roll between your palms to smooth. You'll have about 33 meatballs. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Brown in 2 T olive oil for about 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add large jar of spaghetti sauce, or homemade preferred. Cover and simmer 15 minutes on low while you cook the spaghetti. Serve over 1lb cooked spaghetti. topped with fresh chopped basil and parmesan cheese.
Easy Marinara Sauce
2 (28-ounces) cans crushed tomatoes
1 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 T olive oil
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1/4 t nutmeg
2 t dried oregano
6-8 fresh basil leaves, basil rolled and thinly sliced (can use 2 t dried)
1/2 C wine, red or white (optional) or water
Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pot over med high heat. Saute the onion until slightly translucent. Add the garlic and saute another minute. Add remaining inigredients. Stir well and simmer covered on low. At this point you can add the meatballs and all their drippings to the pot , or pour the sauce over the meatballs. Simmer for at least 15 minutes. This sauce freezes well. It's also the sauce I use when I make pizza.
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