Spaghetti with meatballs.

Spaghetti with meatballs is a hearty one pot meal for those rainy evenings that just call out for comfort food. The meat it itself is scrumptious and tender, the spaghetti perfectly cooked..and the sauce..Mio Dios!! That is sheer poetry… I live for this kind of food..And my love handles show my love for it 😉 

spaghetti and meatballs 3 “It was a rainy evening..the clouds had burst open after teasing and tormenting us for almost a month! By that time I was convinced I had dried up like a prune! The joy ..the ecstasy that I felt as the sky burst open can only be imagined. Baby D and me ran into our lil garden and got thoroughly drenched in the cold calming essence of life..we danced..we sat in the swing and sung rhymes and after that, I got busy in the kitchen!

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A sudden celebratory rain demanded something equally celebratory. And without a seconds doubt I decided it had to be Meatballs and spaghetti. 

“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom”.

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I have seen my mom make these meatballs for the longest time..Almost every week she would take meat (well chicken in her case), mince it, season it with Indian flavorings, a sprinkle of this..a dash of that..and expertly make balls and fry them. We would all be gathered around the kitchen..my dad plonked on the couch watching some game or working with some student (they are both professors in English), and us three flitting in and out of the kitchen waiting for them to be ready. 

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The horde of us would be gathered around an enormous table covered with flower printed cloth, with the TV on one side and the humming,buzzing with activity and smelling of heaven kitchen on the other side.My mother did her thing while I assisted, sometimes my sister joining us and my brother always around recanting stories that had us all in splits, until it was time to eat – at which point, steaming platters of food would magically appear before us, exist for a few perfect moments, and then be devoured.

“Growing up I learned life’s valuable lessons at the dining table”.

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This is what I remember when I think of home. My mother always busy, doing something or the other for us..my dad  working and coming to peek into the kitchen and taste the hot food or kiss my mom..us three always around my mom, telling stories, debating, talking, singing and just being us, our own happy selves. It is the thought of home that makes one feel comfortable…that makes one long for certain things. And although spaghetti and meatballs weren’t an usual familiar affair, meat balls were..and we used to ravenously wait for my mother to dish those out. 

I do remember those meatballs. Though it’s hard, this far on, to say whether I remember the ones she made specifically, pretty much once every couple weeks for the first eighteen years of my life. Talk about a staple of your youth: This was mine. Meatballs, some delicious curry, pulao,dal, salad and raita. We’ve managed to keep the tradition going strong in our house, too, busting these badboys out on Sunday nights in the monsoon and winter for the past almost seven years. I remember I made these for P when I was dating him sometime back in 2008 and how blown he was!! But instead of going the traditional Indian route, I spiked things up in my own way by making those meatballs and serving it with spaghetti and what can only be called as the BEST sauce EVER. {Sorry for screaming} 😉 

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I can picture our nights perfectly,plates of food disappearing in minutes ,P taking more and more of the sauce.. the pot of extras simmering on the stove, waiting to be pillaged for seconds..and a huge grin plastered on P and my happy faces..As for baby D, true to the spirit of keeping tradition alive, she has been sitting on my kitchen counter, telling me stories and helping me make the meat balls….Three generations and counting…

“This is what I mean by Love. Home. Comfort and Happiness”.

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Love,

S 🙂 

Spaghetti with Meat balls.
 
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A Fabulous dinner made of scrumptious meatballs, spaghetti and the BEST ever sauce. Comfort food at its best.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 7-8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Whole black pepper 5-6
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • 200 ml tomato sauce/paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 packs (400 ml) tomato puree (or diced tomatoes, or fresh tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • Few pinches fennel seeds
  • Small handful thyme or basil
  • For the meatballs:
  • 500 gms ground chicken/ red meat
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs (you can just add oregano and some salt to regular bread crumbs)
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 white bread soaked in milk for 10 mins.
  • 1 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 small onion chopped very finely
  • 2 green chillies, deseeded and chopped fine
  • Few pinches fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Red paprika 1 teaspoon or more (acc to taste)
  • For the Pasta:
  • Whole wheat Spaghetti - ½ pack
  • Water
  • Salt and Oil .
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven or heavy pan ,saute onion and garlic,black pepper and a few red pepper flakes in olive oil over medium low heat until onions are soft and just starting to turn golden.
  2. Add tomato sauce and sugar and stir, mashing sauce and onion mixture together, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add 100 ml water and add to pot, stirring until mixed, another 1-2 minutes.Add salt.
  4. Pour in tomatoes or tomato puree, oregano, fennel, and thyme or basil, and stir.
  5. Simmer lazily over low heat, uncovered, for as long as you want: the longer the better. If the sauce gets too thick, add a little water.
  6. For the Meatballs:
  7. In a large bowl, combine meat, bread crumbs, eggs, Parmesan, parsley, fennel, paprika, onion, chillies, salt and pepper.
  8. Squeeze excess milk from the bread slices and put it in the mix.
  9. Mash together with hands until thoroughly combined.
  10. Roll into balls (the size of ping pong balls) and set aside on a plate.
  11. In a large skillet, add a big glug of olive oil. Begin browning meatballs, in batches, over medium high heat, turning frequently.
  12. Remove when browned on all sides.
  13. When all the meatballs are browned, add to sauce, and continue cooking over low heat for at least 30 minutes.
  14. Serve over pasta, pile high with cheese.
  15. For the spaghetti :
  16. Cook as per the package instructions and keep aside.
Notes
Its always good to make sure your spaghetti is al dente (has a bite to it). So do not over cook it.

The meatballs can be made healthier by using lean meat like chicken or even turkey.

The meatballs are spicy and tender, you can choose to omit the green chillies and adjust the seasonings as per taste.

The sauce will be a deep red color. If tomato paste is not available,use tomato sauce. Tomato puree can be made at home or use the canned ones (like I did) .

The longer you simmer the sauce, the better it tastes.

DO it the way I do, make the sauce on one burner and fry the meatballs on the other, which means my meatballs simmer in the sauce for almost an hour giving it this deep rich color and extremely tender and succulent meatballs.

Taste the sauce and ADJUST!!

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    1. Love that you like the pictures..and meatballs are so yum!! We even have them with an asian style sauce as amuse bouche for get togethers.. Fab even then!! DO try…. 🙂

  1. I made this for my friends today and they absolutely loved it! The meatballs were so tender and the sauce is absolutely delicious, thank you so much for the recipe <3

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