I must say the spaghetti is not homemade and that’s how the title sounds but, the spaghetti sauce (or simple tomato sauce) is homemade, as are the meatballs. I didn’t want you to think I was that ambitious 😉 Because well, I’m not, even though I love me some pasta.
I followed my friend Jenna’s simple tomato sauce here, making a couple minor tweaks to my version. The meatball recipe is how I’ve made them for years and they still remain a favorite in our house. Even though we don’t have it enough. When I cooked this the other night I realized I probably haven’t made it in a year and a half! It’s going on the list to make it more though. Pure comfort food for these frosty nights.
Since I have two recipes today, let’s get started…
Simple Tomato Sauce
1 large onion, quartered
5 cloves garlic
1 stalk celery, cut into large chunks
1 carrot, cut into large chunks
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes with herbs and olive oil
1 (14 oz.) can crushed tomatoes with herbs and olive oil
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
9 basil leaves, finely chopped
2 dried bay leaves
1 t. Italian dried seasoning
2 T. butter, optional
a few dashes of red pepper, optionalIn a blender (my personal choice) or food processor add the following: onion, garlic, celery, carrot and 14 oz. can of crushed tomatoes. Puree for a couple minutes until the larger chunks no longer exist (unless you prefer chunky style). Pour into a large pot.
In the blender puree the 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes and add to the pot. Also add to the pot; 15 oz. can of tomato sauce, chopped basil, bay leaves, Italian seasoning, butter, salt and pepper (to taste) and the red pepper to the pot.
Simmer gently for 1 hour.Remove the bay leaves and taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as needed.
Allow the sauce to cool completely if not using immediately. Pour into freezer bags in 1-2 cup portions. It will keep frozen for about 6 months.
1 lb. ground sirloin
1 lb. ground pork
2 t. sesame oil
1 c. Italian breadcrumbs
3 t. minced garlic
1/2 c. sliced green onions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix everything together in a large mixing bowl. Roll into 1 inch balls and place an inch or two apart on a baking sheet. (I also place mine on a cooling rack so the grease can drain, just spray the rack with cooking spray for easy clean-up).Cook 12-15 minutes until golden on the outside and no longer pink on the inside.Serve the hot meatballs and sauce over freshly cooked spaghetti and enjoy!Yield: 60 meatballs.
*Note: I cut the meatball recipe in half for spaghetti and meatballs.
This also makes for excellent meatball sandwiches on those busy weeknights. Serve with a side salad and you’re good to go! Serve the meatballs on garlic bread, as sandwiches, and you really have something good going on 🙂
I must say that I’ve tried making homemade spaghetti sauces and no matter what, they are never as good as my favorite jar sauce! Bad, I know… I’m sure it’s all the sodium! But those meatballs look fantastic!
I had to add my fair share of salt, I would miss it too. I like homemade spaghetti sauce but, my favorite pizza sauce is out of a can…hands down. I know most people would cringe but, it’s all in what we like 🙂
Mmmmm… love spaghetti and meatballs. Nothing like homemade sauce, I just love homemade pasta but honestly, I don’t really have time to make it very often. As good as it is, it’s very labor intensive. Sounds like you are doing better, so glad!!
Without a machine it’s next to impossible (in my opinion) to make homemade spaghetti. I’m sure it’s much better, I just don’t have the time…or patience 😉 I could imagine what my poor kitchen would look like!
My Mom did it without a machine and I find it very difficult. Nothing wrong with good old dried pasta from a box. Your spaghetti and meatballs would really hit the spot right now.
I love that you add carrots to the sauce and the combo of sirloin/pork is perfect!! Spaghetti and meatballs makes me think everything is going to be alright. It’s a sign, Suzie. Everything WILL be alright =)
If that’s your sign for spaghetti, I will most certainly take it!! The carrots add just that hint of sweetness…mmm 🙂
The meatballs look fabulous! I rarely make them but I should make them more often.
Sometimes the easiest things to make we overlook them. It was nice to go back to a classic 🙂
Looooooooove spaghetti and meatballs! I never had a recipe as a kid and never added anything but garlic and Italian spices to the ground beef and unfortunately, now that’s the kind I like and no one makes them that way. I’m trying to become normal, though, so I will try these. 🙂 Were you able to eat this w/o it causing pain?
P.S. I’ve made Jenna’s sauce too–I will definitely use it when I make your meatballs. so good!
Normal…you silly rabbit! 😉 You or I will never be normal. No offense, that’s a good thing in my book. I was able to eat this with no problems, I’ve been testing the waters so to speak…eek! I did very minor changes to Jenna’s sauce as it was so good!
A traditional recipe to come back with my friend, I hope you are doing better than well 🙂
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I thought it might be kind of boring to start with but, then I figured I’d just go with it. Glad you agree 🙂
that meatball recipe sounds so good…I love that sesame oil is in it!
I’m a big fan of sesame oil. I think it’s one of those little secret ingredients many people might not think about 😉
Yum, yum, yum! Looks positively delicious. Great work, Suzie!
Thanks Jorie! 🙂
As someone who HAS made homemade pasta, I can tell you that it’s MUCH more worth your time to make the sauce rather than the pasta yourself! Sounds delicious!
I’m glad to hear that! Without a machine, it looks like mission impossible to me…lol! The sauce and meatballs, I can handle that 🙂
A friend of mine recently told me she always adds shredded carrot to any recipe that calls for tomatoes so she doesn’t have to add any sugar to it to balance the acidity. What a brilliant idea!
Yep, same concept here. Works great! 🙂
I love balls!! But can I tell you that my Italian husband only likes meatballs on pizza – not in pasta or meat ball subs – what gives?!
That is crazy! I would have figured him to be a big spaghetti and meatball fan. Men, they never cease to amaze us 😉
These look wonderful! It seems that Italian is always a big hit!
Yes, Italian is always a hit! 🙂
Jummie! I’ve made spaghetti like this too in the past and I love it. Homemade sauce tastes so much better than the processed ones from the grocery store.
Last vacation my husband and I had a workshop how to make pasta and it was super easy and fun. Best part: at dinner that night we ate our own pasta. It’s simple but I never made pasta at home. Maybe someday I should.
I would love a workshop on how to make pasta, how fun! Funny thing is I made homemade egg noodles for today’s blog but, spaghetti just looks so tedious and time consuming! Maybe someday 🙂
Would you guess I’m not a big fan of spaghetti? I know, crazy! But I love meatballs! I love that shot of all those meatballs!!!
Those meatballs are great for meatball subs…yum!!