Spaghetti and Meatballs

I thought I would share what I am making for dinner tonight.  Quick, mind you!  Tonight’s dinner….drum roll please…..is Spaghetti and Meatballs!

Spaghetti in and of itself is a very quick dinner.  But meatballs, that takes a bit more time.  So, whenever I make meatballs, I make double of what we’ll need.  Then, freeze the other half.  So, for tonight’s dinner all I had to do was put the frozen meatballs in the crockpot on low, until they were thawed out.  Then I added one jar of spaghetti sauce.  Presto, the hard part is done, left to sit until later.  Closer to dinner time, all I will have to do is boil the spaghetti.

Now I have to say that I am VERY picky when it comes to meatballs.  They are not all created equal!  I DO NOT like the kind you buy at Sam’s, Costco, BJ’s whatever.  Sorry, I don’t.    So, I will share my recipe for meatballs with you.

Meatballs

1 lb ground beef or venison

3/4 cup bread crumbs

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. basil

2 tblsp. minced garlic

2 tblsp. parsley

2 tblsp. grated Parmesan cheese

1 egg, beaten

1 jar of Ragu parmesan and romano flavor

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients, except the spaghetti sauce.  You can mix this by hand, or I use my Bosch mixer with the dough hook.  Shape into meatballs.  I try to keep mine at about an inch and half in diameter.  Bake in preheat oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.  I usually make these earlier in the day, so when they are finished cooking, I pop them into the crock pot with the spaghetti sauce and let them “get familiar” :) But, you can heat the spaghetti sauce on the stove top and then add the meatballs.

These are fabulous for spaghetti or meatball subs!  YYYUUUMMM!

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