Summer Fun: Eat Spaghetti and Meatballs while Watching Lady and the Tramp – Recipe: Spaghetti and Meatballs

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One of the things that I saw on someone else’s (sorry, I cannot remember whose!) summer fun list was to watch Lady and the Tramp while eating spaghetti and meatballs.  What a great idea!  Given how much we love pizza and movie night, I new that adapting it to movie and spaghetti and meatballs night would be perfect. So, on Monday, that is exactly what we did.

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We ate the spaghetti and meatballs picnic style on the floor, while watching a truly adorable movie. Everyone loved it.

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It was a perfect way to begin another summer fun week.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ingredients

Meatballs

2 pounds ground beef

1 egg

1 cup bread crumbs

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon olive oil

Sauce

28 ounce can tomato sauce

6 ounce can tomato paste

2 gloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)

1 teaspoon pepper (or more, to taste)

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon onion powder

*Note - adjust seasoning according to taste preference

Instructions

    Meatballs
  1. Add the hamburger meat to a large bowl.
  2. Pour in the eggs, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and all seasonings.
  3. Using your clean hands or a spoon, mix together.
  4. Form into 2 inch balls.
  5. Add olive oil to a large cooking pan, and heat over medium to medium high heat.
  6. Once the burner is hot, add the meatballs to the pan.
  7. Cook for about 5 minutes, and then turn.
  8. Cook for another 5 minutes or until no longer pink. *Note - the cooking time might be more or less, depending on your stove, how comfortable you are with the cooking time of your beef, etc.
  9. Sauce
  10. Leave the meatballs in the pan and reduce the heat to medium low.
  11. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste to the pan and mix it together.
  12. Add the garlic and all of the seasonings.
  13. Cook over low heat for at least 15 minutes.
  14. Serve over cooked spaghetti.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/06/13/summer-fun-eat-spaghetti-and-meatballs-while-watching-lady-and-the-tramp-recipe-spaghetti-and-meatballs/

Monday, Monday – Recipe: Spaghetti with Special Meatballs

While Friday is one of my favorite days of the week, Monday is one of my least favorite days.  Sean goes back to work, the boys go back to school, and Summer and I are happy that we are home together but sad that three-fifths of what makes us whole is gone.

We had a great weekend, though, and I am glad that I had those fun memories to look back on today and smile.  I flipped through that scrapbook in my brain quite a few times today, thinking of certain smiles, sounds of laughter, and moments that made me very joyful.

One of the things that helps me perk up on Monday is the thought of it being Pasta Day in our home.  Some days I know exactly what I want to make, and other days, like today, allow me to get my creative cooking juices flowing as I look in the freezer, the refrigerator, and the pantry to decide what to put together.  Once I did that, I started planning for dinner tonight, knowing that we would be complete as a family again….and already looking forward to Friday.

Of course, when I do things like that to try to speed up time, I realize that it also accelerates all of the moments that I do truly enjoy throughout the week.  So, while I will probably not like Mondays anytime soon, I am trying to appreciate that even Monday holds some beauty in it, even if it is something as simple as Pasta Day.

Spaghetti with Special Meatballs

Spaghetti with Special Meatballs

I kept the sauce, meatballs, and pasta separate because everyone likes their spaghetti a bit differently. So, I made a little spaghetti bar and allowed everyone to add what they wanted to their spaghetti.

Ingredients

Sauce

Olive oil

3 gloves of garlic, minced

2 15 ounce cans of tomato sauce

1 small can of tomato paste

Salt

Pepper

Italian seasoning

Onion powder

Sugar

Meatballs

1 pound of ground beef

1 egg

2 ounces of soft goat cheese

Salt

Pepper

Italian seasoning

Extras

1 orange bell pepper, diced

1/2 onion, diced

Sausage link, diced (about 1 cup)

Spaghetti pasta

Instructions

    Sauce
  1. Add olive oil and garlic to medium sauce pan, and saute over medium heat.
  2. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and seasonings - I use about 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon onion powder, and 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  3. Simmer for about 30 minutes on low heat.
  4. Meatballs
  5. While the sauce is simmering, mix up the meatballs.
  6. Mix the ground beef, egg, goat cheese, and seasonings.
  7. Form the meat into balls, about the 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  8. Heat a frying pan over medium heat.
  9. Add the meatballs and allow to cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  10. Extras
  11. Add the onion and bell pepper, and allow to cook for about 1-2 minutes.
  12. Then, add the sausage.
  13. Cook everything together for another 5-6 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  14. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with hot water.
http://cookingformykids.com/2011/09/12/monday-monday-recipe-spaghetti-with-special-meatballs/

This pasta magically turned Monday into unicorns and rainbows, after all.