Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

After the birth of my 2nd son Remy my sister in law Tracy came to help us out. She offered to make Spaghetti and Meatballs. I thought it would be a chore making it from scratch, but as I watched her I realized it was pretty simple. Over the years, I've changed this recipe a bit. I don't use ground beef anymore. I've served this dish to many a family, and friend. Not once had anyone notice that it's a turkey and sausage meatball. In my version of this recipe, I make my meatballs huge!!! The first time we eat dinner at the Macaroni Grill. The kids ordered Spaghetti and Meatballs. I couldn't believe how big the meatballs on their plates were. It looked so delicious!!! Like a real treat. It reminded me of the spaghetti plate in Lady in the Tramp. Remember how yummy that looked. So now, I always make gigantic, monster meatballs!!! Usually one per person. I hope the ingredients list isn't too overwhelming. Try it. Your family will really enjoy this one. Bon Appetite!!!

Ingredients for sauce: Extra Virgin Olive oil, 1 Onion, Lg. can of Tomatoe Sauce 6 lbs.(Sam's Club), 1/2 c. Basil, 1/4 c. Sugar, 1 tbsp Garlic Salt, 1/4 c. Italian seasoning, 3 Cloves of Garlic, and 2 tbsp. Olive oil.
Ingredients for meatballs: Package of Mild Italian sausage (ground or links), Package of ground Turkey, 1 egg, 1/4 bread crumb(Italian style optional),1/2 tbsp garlic salt, 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp Italian seasoning

In large stockpot drizzle olive oil. Add onions. Cook until translucent. Add tomatoe sauce, 1/2 c. basil, 1/4 c. sugar, 1 tbsp. garlic salt, 1/4 c. Italian seasoning, and 3 whole garlic cloves(pound w/knife once before placing in pot). Stir together and turn down heat to low.
In mixing bowl add Italian sausage with casing removed, ground turkey, 1 egg, 1/4 c.bread crumbs, 1/2 tbsp garlic salt, 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning, 1 tbsp parmesan cheese. Blend together with hands. Wet hands with water before forming balls.
Add raw meatballs to stockpot. Do not stir. Cover for 1 hour on low heat. Once 1st hour is done you can stir. I usually let this cook for 3-4 hours. Stirring occasionally. Taste sauce to verify it's to your liking. Something I added more Italian seasoning.
In another stockpot boil water with salt and olive oil. Add your pasta. I only use Angel Hair pasta.
Before serving remove whole garlic cloves. To serve I plate pasta, add a huge meatball with sauce, and garnish with parley and graded parmesan cheese. Perfecto!!!

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