Monday, February 2, 2009


I really love spaghetti and meatballs, but I rarely get to make it because my husband doesn't think it's a real "meal". He needs a slab of meat in order for it to be considered dinner...meatballs just won't do. But lately he said he's been in the mood for a meatball sub so I jumped on the chance of making meatballs for both of us! He used his on his sub (which he said was delicious!) and I made myself a big plate of homemade fettuccini & Meatballs!
I don't have a recipe for this...I just make it like I'm going to make a meatloaf or something. So here is "my" recipe for this classic!

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg
1 tbsp ranch dressing
1 tbsp ketchup
aprox. 1/2 - 3/4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs... I really never measure this, you just need enough to hold the meat together.
italian style dried herbs
marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except for the marinara sauce. Mix by hand until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Roll into balls. On a large skillet sprayed with non-stick spray over medium-high heat, brown the meatballs on all sides. Work in batches if necessary. In a 13x9 baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray, pour marinara sauce until it completely and thoroughly coats the bottom. Place meatballs in the dish and cover with more marinara sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.


Joelen said...

what a great mix of ingredients for your meatballs! My husband will get a kick knowing there's ranch dressing in it!

Colleen said...

Mmmm, you can't go wrong with a well-made meatball - haha. Comfort food at it's best - and yay for fresh pasta!

Maria said...

Pasta...the perfect meal!


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