<3 that's amore <3

Raise your hand if you a) are a space case and forgot to make dinner reservations until it was too late, b) don’t like dealing with mushy Vday crowds, c) are looking to have your very own Lady and the Tramp moment with a special someone or d) enjoy playing with your food to prove you can spell ‘love.’ If any/all of these things apply to you on this heart-filled saturday have no fear. There’s still time to run to the grocery store and whip up this ~~lovely~~ recipe! (wink wink) Because what says amore more than big plate of spaghetti & meatballs (?!)

Happy Valentines Day Lovebirds! Enjoy.

 

  

Spaghetti & Meatballs

ingredients :

spaghetti sauce –

– 1 lb cooked spaghetti

– 1 28oz can of tomato puree

– half of one 6oz can tomato paste

– 2 C chicken stock

– 1 C red wine

– 2 T olive oil

– 1 celery stalk, minced

– half a carrot, minced

– 1/2 lb mushrooms, minced

– 3 cloves of garlic, minced

– 1 small yellow onion, minced

– 1 bay leaf

– 1 T dried basil

– 1 T dried oregano

– 1 T dried rosemary

– 1 T fresh parsley

– 1 t red pepper flakes (optional)

– 2 T sugar

– salt & pepper to taste

meatballs – 

– 1 T olive oil

– 1 lb ground beef

– 3 italian sausage links, uncased

– half an onion, minced

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– 1 T fresh parsley

– 1 T dried basil

– 1 T dried oregano

– pinch of salt

How – to :

spaghetti –

– heat the oil over medium. cook the onion, celery, carrot, garlic and parsley until onion is translucent.  add the wine, stock, tomato paste and puree and simmer.

– add the mushrooms, sugar, herbs and salt & pepper

– put on low heat and let it simmer for a minimum of 10 minutes. the longer the better.

meatballs –

– in a frying pan heat oil on medium

– in a large bowl mix together the beef, sausage meat, onion, garlic and parsley ( the best way to mix this is to get messy and do it with your hands )

– once throughly combined, sprinkle the herbs and salt over the top and mix again.

– pinch off a small amount of meat and roll between your palms to make a ball — keeping your hands a little wet will help the mixture not stick so much. also, the colder the mixture the better it will hold together so if you’ve let it get to room temperature putting it in the fridge for a few minutes will help. i like my meatballs smaller and more plenty. about quarter size around when uncooked (they get a little smaller after frying)

– place a handful of meatball is the hot pan, turning them every couple minutes once the bottoms have browned.

– once they are browned on all sided remove from pan, add to your cooked pasta and spaghetti sauce and that’s amore! 

 

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