Spaghetti & Meatballs

Friday 25 August 2017

 I have often found that it's the simple things in life which bring us the most pleasure . . . things like marmite on hot buttered toast, bread and jam, or macaroni and cheese . . . when I worked down South for the family I cooked for, every meal had to be a production.  There was no such thing as simple or ordinary.   Even a grilled cheese had to be something extraordinarily out of the ordinary  . . .  seriously.  But then again, they were paying me to cook for them, so I expect they wanted some bang for their buck, and I didn't really mind.  I enjoyed it very much.

And as you can imagine, however . . .  with every day meals being so outrageous  . . . things got really complicated when there was a dinner party to plan and cook for, or even a simple ladies luncheon.   Every meal, every occasion, every time . . . had to impress.  I used to enjoy getting home and just letting my hair down and going simple . . .

 I admit  that I enjoy a bit of fancy once in a while . . . to celebrate something special, or on holidays, but most days I do so much more enjoy simplicity.   I don't like things to be complicated or terribly involved.


It doesn't matter to me what I have for supper.  I don't need to have Filet Mignon every night, just so long as what I am having tastes good, and I have enjoyed the journey to get there.

Meals such as this simple recipe I am showing you here today for Spaghetti and Meatballs are my favourite types of dishes. With this you get the ultimate in satisfaction and flavor without having to jump through multiple hoops or using a multitude of ingredients.

 Economical.  Tasty.  Simple.  Satisfying.  Well flavored meatballs in a well flavored and simple sauce.  What more could you ask for?  The Toddster had his with mashed potatoes.  To each their own . . .

*Spaghetti and Meatballs*
Serves 4
Simple, delicious and comforting.  There is nothing fancy here.  Just good and tasty food. 

for the meatballs:
1 thick slice of soft white bread, crust removed, torn into chunks
4 TBS milk
200g minced lean pork (1/2 pound)
200g minced lean beef (1/2 pound)
2 TBS chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 small onion, peeled and grated
about 4 TBS olive oil for frying 

For the sauce:
2 TBS olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed a bit
400g tin of chopped diced Italian tomatoes in tomato juice (14 ounces)
about 4 to 6 fresh basil leaves, torn
2 TBS olive oil
1/2 cup red wine
1 TBS soft light brown sugar
pinch cloves
salt and black pepper to taste 

To serve:
350g spaghetti (about 12 ounces)
2 TBS butter
grated Parmesan cheese to serve

First make the meatballs.   Soak the bread in the milk, squashing it with your fingers until it completely breaks up.  Put your meat into a bowl along with the parsley, cinnamon, cumin, squashed bread, grated onion and 1/2 tsp salt.  Mix thoroughly with your hands.  (This is very cathartic I find.)  Shape into about 24 small balls, about the size of cherry tomatoes.   Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan.  Add the meatballs and brown.  Give them a shake every few minutes so that they roll around and brown evenly all over. 
While the meatballs are cooking make the sauce.  Heat the olive oil in a saucepan.   Add the garlic.  Cook until you can smell it and then dump in the tomatoes and basil.  Season with some salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes.   Add the brown sugar, cloves, some black pepper and the red wine.   Give it a good stir and then add the meatballs.   Simmer, uncovered, for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until the meatballs are tender and the sauce has thickened nicely.  Taste and adjust seasoning as required.

Serve spooned out over hot buttered spaghetti with a fresh grating of Parmesan cheese on top.   Garlic bread is nice with this too.

Any leftovers are splendid fryed up in some butter the next day.  Just saying!  Its how I roll!  Bueno Appetito!


  1. Marie..I just just made a meat sauce spag and meatballs for 12..for a get together..I bake my meatballs in the oven though and add to my meat should have seen the volme of meats..etc..felt good once done:)

    1. I often bake my meatballs in the oven as well Monique. It is less messy and healthier. I bet yours was gorgeous! A lot of work for 12 though! xo

  2. Today I followed your suggestion about butter and grated Parmesan on our penne pasta with bolognese sauce and it was empty plates all round, which is a big achievement for us. Thanks again I really enjoy reading your recipes.

    1. That makes me happy Lorraine! Thanks for your sweet comment! xo

  3. Simple but delicious recipe. We enjoyed It very very much. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thanks very much Johanna! I am happy it was enjoyed!


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