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Sunday, August 12, 2012

mangia mondays 75: spaghetti & meatballs

howdy, ya'll!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with the stellar
lisa from shine your light!

this week i'm sharing
spaghetti & meatballs

{this makes a boatload of sauce
& about 25 meatballs!}

for sauce
2 TBS olive oil
1 TBS garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
2 bell peppers, diced
2 carrots, grated
3 celery stalks, chopped
salt & pepper
3 6 oz cans of tomato paste
2 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes
1 C blackberry manischewitz wine
2 C chicken stock
1/3 C sugar
1 TBS italian seasoning
3 bay leaves

1. in a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high. add garlic & cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. add onion, bell peppers, carrots, & celery. season to taste with salt & pepper. cook until onions are translucent.

2. add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, wine, & chicken stock. mix well. add sugar, italian seasoning, & bay leaves.

3. let simmer on low for 1-2 hours.

for meatballs
1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground beef
1 1/4 C italian seasoned breadcrumbs
2 TBS fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 C parmesan, grated
salt & pepper
1 egg, beaten
vegetable oil

1. preheat oven to 400 f.

2. in a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for the vegetable oil. mix well.

3. form the meat mixture into approximately 25 balls & place on a cookie sheet. drizzle the tops with the vegetable oil & bake for 15 minutes.

4. place the par-cooked meatballs into the sauce pot & cook 30 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.

5. serve over pasta & enjoy!

have you ever just craved something for a few days
& found it absolutely necessary to make?!
that's where i was at with this recipe!
this is a sweet marinara
{my favorite!}
but the meatballs can go with anything!
they're delicious!
this marinara is a great place to hide veggies
from picky eaters!
you can easily grate a vegetable & add it to the sauce!

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link up those recipes & food posts!

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. add a link to your recipe or food post & visit some others who have linked up before you .
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until next time,
dowlings out!


  1. Oh wow, those meatballs look amazing! Thanks so much for hosting!

    I've linked up my easy plum torte.

    Have a great week!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

  2. I love homemade spaghetti and meatballs! So does my family! Thanks for hosting, have a wonderful week!

  3. Yum, your sauce and meatballs sound so full of flavor! Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

  4. Thanks for hosting! You spaghetti and meatballs look absolutely amazing! I like how the meatballs are made from a combination of beef and pork! And that sauce, wow! I love how the tomato pieces give it a lovely texture and a vibrant colour!

    I've linked a beef burger with bacon and red onions (#16).

    Amber @ The Cook's Sister

  5. Ohh, so many tasty looking recipes shared this morning. I am off to check them out :) Thank you so much for hosting for us :) My link party is up at my blog this morning, I'd love for you to participate if you'd like. Have a great week!

  6. Thanks for hosting! Have a great day! :)

    Check out my latest recipe, review & giveaway @ Baking Blissful

  7. Those meatballs look so good! Thanks for hosting, I shared my Homemade Garden Burgers, #60!

  8. Thanks for hosting! I'm your newest follower. Hope you'll return the favor and follow my blog and/or FB fan page! Love your blog hop.!/MelodyGravitt

    My addition this week is #61 and is for a recipe for Mexican lasagna.