Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spaghetti and Meatballs

I haven't posted in a full week. We got a new computer last week and I have been spending most of my computer time transferring data and getting it ready to use. I'm very happy to finally have a machine that doesn't blue screen daily. Here are some photos and a recipe from last week's menu... and now that I'm back in business I should be posting regularly again.

Every week my daughter asks for it, so I thought it was about time that she learn how to make it. My girls LOVE spaghetti and meatballs and while I have posted about it in the past I looked back and realized that I've never given my recipe. So here it goes.

First you mix together the ingredients:

1 lb of ground beef (I use lean sirloin 90/10 or the natural hormone free beef. To me good beef is the most important part of making great meatballs)

1/2 C. breadcrumbs

1/2 C. Parmesan cheese

2 eggs

optional add-ins: minced onion, minced garlic, minced herbs such as parsley, oregano or basil. You can add any or all of these in, but be careful not to add too much. You don't want your meatballs to fall apart.

Next form the meat into balls. Add them to your skillet and brown them on all sides. I like to cook them until they are almost cooked through.

Add your favorite pasta sauce (homemade or from a jar) and simmer until the flavors meld and the meatballs are cooked all the way through. This step can also be done in the crock pot or oven if you'd like.

Cook up your favorite pasta and there you have it... Spaghetti and meatballs! My daughter swears that they are the best meatballs in the world.

While the meatballs were simmering and the pasta was cooking my daughters made up this lovely fruit tray. We also served a nice tossed salad with our meal. I try to include fresh fruits and vegetables every night.

They also set the table and filled it with all the necessary condiments and dressings. My girls did such a nice job last week with their meal preparation that I have them down for making tonight's dinner. Tonight we are going to make tostadas.


  1. That looks YUMMY!!! Cute helpers too!

  2. Yum! I love meatball. Looks like the girls do too.

  3. Look how scrumptious that looks! I love the shots of them helping!

  4. I love that you are teaching her how to make her favorite meals already. I wish I had started younger with my kids.


  5. Sounds delicious! Love the photo with your daughter diving into the meat mixture with her hands. I think she will be a great cook someday.

  6. How cute are your girls? I hope I get some kids who like to cook with me someday!

    I'm new to your blog! I found you through FTLOB and I can't wait to read more! Feel free to check out my blog!

    Simply Kate

  7. I've always wanted to make meatballs for my boyfriend but haven't seemed to get around to it. I should try it soon, you had me at the part where I can even do it in my crock pot. If something can be crocked I'm there! Thanks for sharing your recipe and photos of your cuties! And yay for new computers!!

  8. Those look fantastic! Too bad my husband doesn't like meatballs. Because the man is obsessed with spaghetti.

  9. Looks delicious! I remember cooking with my mom as a kid...great memories, great lessons, great times!

    Turning a House into a Home



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