Thursday, April 28, 2011

Consoling dinner - baked spaghetti and meatballs

Sunday Evening was the 6th game of the first round of the playoffs for the Canucks. they had been 3 games up at one point and were now 3 and 2 the Pirates killing them in the last two games.  I really am not much of a hockey fan, but sons and husband are, along with the rest of the city of Vancouver.  So what to cook for dinner that would be celebratory if they won and consoling if they lost?

Baked spaghetti with meat balls that's what. We knew this would be popular with the guys and as it turned out it was a heartbreaking loss in sudden death overtime.

Meat Balls

  • Equal quantities of ground pork and beef for the this recipe 4 cups of each
  • 1 cup of fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves smashed
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil
  • 1 handful of fresh chopped basil
  • salt and pepper

Place all the ingredients in to a large bowl.

Then smoosh with your hands until all the ingredients are well integrated.

Then roll in to balls about the size of a walnut, and place on baking paper lined cookie sheet.

Roast the meatballs in a 390 oven for about 45 minutes rolling around a couple times during the cooking time to make sure that they are browned on all sides.

Cooked meatballs
While the meatballs are cooking, cook the spaghetti and make the tomato sauce.  We used a whole packet of spaghetti and made a quick tomato sauce as follows.

soften a finely chopped onion and 2 cloves of garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil and then pour on large can of crushed tomatoes, add fresh chopped basil 1 tablespoon of hot pepper flakes and 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar.

Stir together and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Put a layer of cooked spaghetti in a large oven proof baking dish, then top with the meatballs.

If there are some meatballs left over freeze in a Ziploc bag and pull them out for a quick midweek dinner. Pour the sauce over the top then sprinkle over 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese and then a good dusting of fresh grated Parmesan.

Bake in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and brown and the dish is heated through.

This fed 4 very disheartened hockey fans and two supportive women, with enough for lunch the next day for two.

This was comforting and with a very nice glass of red wine the world looked a little more hopeful.  And of course the Canucks went on to win the 7th game to take the series so for now all is right with the world.

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