Saturday, June 20, 2009

Italian Meatballs and Sauce

Meatball ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
2 eggs
1 cup moist bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon sweet basil
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper, as desired
Vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and form into 1-inch balls. Cover the bottom of a skillet with vegetable oil. Over medium heat, brown the meat balls on all sides. Add to sauce (recipe below) and simmer for two hours. Serve over hot spaghetti noodles.

Sauce Ingredients:
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
3 (12 oz.) cans tomato paste
6 (12 oz.) cans water
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon sweet basil
1 small bay leaf
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Sauce Directions:
Heat oil in an 8-quart saucepan. Add pepper, garlic, and onion; cook quickly over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When vegetables are tender, reduce heat and stir in tomato paste and water. Add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Over low heat, simmer uncovered for about 2 hours or until sauce is thickened. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Another great Easy Recipe

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When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

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All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
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