Spaghetti and Meatballs with Grandma’s Sauce

A recipe that is past on from generation to generation is a timeless treasure.  This classic homemade spaghetti sauce and meatball recipe is a recipe that was past on to me by my mom from grandma with some gluten-free and egg free options.

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It all starts out with an onion studded with cloves sautéing in a pan...and then the magic begins.

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I have already started cooking the homemade tomato sauce and meatballs and the wonderful aroma coming from my kitchen is out of this world.  The lovely savoury fragrance has even stirred the teenagers from their rooms to find out the status on when dinner will be ready.

Spaghetti and meatballs with Grandma's sauce

Spaghetti with tomato sauce and meatballs on the side, is a dish from Italy. These dishes have been around since the 1800's in Italy. However, In Italy, they usually never serve spaghetti with the meatballs together but as separate dishes.

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Serving both the spaghetti along with the meatballs only occurred after this dish was brought to America and to suite to the needs of the local residents in the Italian restaurants. In Italy, they generally serve many courses as part of the meal.

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The Italian appetizer (Antipasto) serves cold cuts and other small regional items. The first course (Primo) usually serves a soup or the pasta. The second course or main course (Secondo) is usually meat poultry or fish.  The side dishes (Contorni) such as a vegetable or salad. Dessert (Dolce) is served at the end of the meal and usually is fruit or cheese and you may also be offered an expresso coffee and/or a digestive.

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I tribute the recipe, "Spaghetti and Meatballs with Grandma's Sauce" to my loving, patient and enduring mom.

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Spaghetti and Meatballs with Grandma’s Sauce

By HWC Magazine  , , ,   

August 11, 2011

A recipe that is past on from generation to generation is a timeless treasure. This classic homemade spaghetti sauce and meatball recipe is a recipe that was past on to me by my mom from grandma with GF and egg-free options.

  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

Grandma's Tomato Sauce (makes about 4 cups)

olive oil - 3 tablespoons

garlic - 4 cloves sliced thinly

onion - 1 medium peeled cut into half

cloves - 12-15 whole to stud the onion with

canned tomatoes - 2 (28 ounce can crushed tin tomatoes) (My kids dislike chunky tomato sauce so I blend one half of tomatoes in blender before adding to sauce)

tomato paste - 6 ounce

red wine - 1/2 cup (118 ml)

sugar or sugar alternative - 1 teaspoon sugar or to taste (or sugar alternative)- this helps to neutralise the acidity taste in the tomatoes.

Italian herb seasoning - 1 teaspoon dried (or can use dried basil, dried thyme and dried oregano mix)

salt and pepper - to taste

basil - 6 fresh leaves of basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil

hot pepper flakes - Dash of hot pepper flakes (optional)- gives it a little sparkle

Grandma's Homemade Meatballs: (Makes about 12-15 meatballs)

ground veal - 1/2 pound (226 grams)

ground pork - 1/2 pound (226 grams)

ground beef - 1/2 pound (226 grams)

breadcrumbs - 1 and 1/4 cup ( I used gluten-free breadcrumbs)

garlic - 1 teaspoon dried (or 1/4 fresh chopped)

basil - 1 teaspoon dried ( 2 cloves fresh minced)

chicken broth - 3/4 cup or enough to wet the breadcrumbs (gluten free)

parsley - 2 heaping tablespoons of fresh chopped

dried basil - 1 teaspoon

parmesan cheese - 1/2 cup

egg - 1 large beaten (or if egg allergies like me then exchange with 2 tablespoons of soft tofu)

mozzarella cheese - 1 cup of 1 inch cubes (optional if you want your meatballs stuffed)

oil spray -

spaghetti - 1 pound cooked aldente (I used gluten free but can use whole grain or regular)

Directions

1Make Grandmas Sauce:  Place the pointed end of the 12-15 cloves and pierce into peeled whole onion so that you have a "studded onion". Next put 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium heat and then place whole clove studded onion in oil and brown over medium meat for about 5 minutes until the flavors are infused into the oil. Remove whole onion. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute until golden brown. Then add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, red wine, sugar, salt, pepper and basil. Turn down the heat to low simmer and cook nice and slow for about and hour. If sauce consistency is too thick then add more wine or water and if sauce is too thin then add more paste to suite your preference. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Set Aside.

2Made Grandma's Homemade Meatballs:   Preheat oven to 350 F (176 C). Place the ground meats, both breadcrumbs, parsley, Parmesan, salt, pepper, nutmeg, egg (or tofu if egg allergies), and 3/4 cup chicken broth in a bowl. Combine very lightly with a fork. Using your hands, lightly form the mixture into 2-inch meatballs. You will have 14 to 16 meatballs. (My youngest teenager came up with this great idea to stuff each meatball in the center with a cube of mozzarella before baking and it is delicious) Lightly spray a baking sheet and place meatballs a few inches apart and bake in oven for about 7 minutes just until they are slightly golden on the outside but still pink in the middle. Place the meatballs in the grandma sauce over a simmer and cook them the rest of the way in the sauce about another 7-8 minutes until they are cooked through and deliciously tender.

3Cook spaghetti noodles in boiling water until adente and serve with Grandma's homemade tomato sauce and meatballs and grate parmesean cheese on top and serve with crusty bread. Enjoy!

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