Hi everyone, its Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com and today we’re making a family favorite – spaghetti and meatballs in a homemade marinara sauce. We’re sharing all of our secrets for incredibly tender, juicy and flavorful meatballs. We start with a surprising ingredient. You’ll need three slices of white bread. Remove the crust, then dice the bread or tear it into small pieces. Transfer those to a large mixing bowl and add 2/3 cup of cold water. Let the bread soak up the liquid for about five minutes then mash it up with a fork. Now add one pound of ground beef and one pound of sweet ground Italian sausage with the casings removed. Also add one large egg, four minced garlic cloves, a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of black pepper. Mix everything to combine and it’s easiest just to use your hands. Oh! and I almost forgot – add 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and stir everything together. Divide the meat into about 22 – 1.5″ meatballs and it’s so easy to just use a trigger release ice cream scoop.
Use your hands to roll each one into a ball then dip in flour, tapping off the excess. Once all of your meatballs are formed, place a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and add 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add half of the meatballs, without crowding the pot and sauté until they’re browned on all sides, or about 2 minutes per side. The meatballs will not be fully cooked through at this point, just browned. Transfer those to a platter and repeat with the second batch. Now in the same pot add one cup of diced onions and saute stirring occasionally for five minutes. Now add four minced garlic cloves and stir for one minute. Pour in two 28 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes and add 2 bay leaves.
Stir the sauce to combine and bring it to a light boil. Add the meatballs back to the pot along with any accumulated juices, stirring to submerge the meatballs, then partially cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile cook 1 pound of spaghetti in salted water according to the package instructions until al dente or softer if your family loves it that way. Drain the pasta, without rinsing it 5 minutes before the sauce is done. Add 2 tablespoons of chopped basil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Combine the cooked pasta with the sauce and stir until the noodles are evenly coated.
It is dinner time and I am so excited because I’ve got this juicy meatball pasta staring back at me. Alright, we’re gonna give this a quick toss. Make sure everything is really well combined and all the noodles are coated in that luscious sauce. Mmm… Wow! This is so saucy… Look at this! YUM! And loaded with meatballs. Okay, and my favorite way to serve this is family-style, so we’re gonna pour this all into a big serving pasta bowl. All right, just all at once. Are you ready? All right, I’m gonna use those muscles…
Yeah ,that’s that last noodle… come on! Okay, there we go, smooth. Kind of all right. Oh yum yum yum. So many meatballs! This is the perfect family dinner and garnished with a little bit more fresh basil. And of course – Parmesan cheese, lots of parmesan. This adds great flavor and just makes it feel like a restaurant. And this grater is really fun, I’ll leave a link below. Okay, a little more, little cheese happy there. Okay and now I’m gonna serve it up. You can just hear how saucy it is. Okay and a little bit more basil gives it that fresh pop of color and flavor of course. And a little more cheese, because who can resist.
All right, looks like a nice mountain. Okay and I’m gonna cut into one of these meatballs because I want to show you guys just how soft and tender they are. Oh my goodness, fork goes right through it. All right, here we go. Mmm… Big bite, mm-hmm… Oh my goodness! Those meatballs are just melt-in-your-mouth tender and the secret to making them so good, is combining ground beef with that sweet Italian sausage. Such a great flavor combination and searing them on the stove first, seals in all the juices and then they slow cook in that marinara sauce. Oh my goodness, this is so good! So worth the effort! This is absolutely kid-friendly! One of my kid’s favorite meals and it reheats really well, so it’s perfect for work lunches and meal planning.
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