Spaghetti and Meatballs
Spaghetti and Meatballs has to be one of the all-time family favorites, loved by children and adults alike.
Lots of people serve this dish once a week and in some homes the Sunday Special is the pot of ‘Gravy’ simmered on the stove for hours filled with giant meatballs and served in a large bowl as a featured table side dish or mixed with any variety of pasta from raviolis to plain old thin spaghetti.
Making one’s own tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes has its merits and is incomparable during the summer months roasting off fresh juicy tomatoes, whizzing them up and straining before use or plunging plum tomatoes in boiling water, removing the skins and simmering with a variety of vegetables.
Still, during the cooler months or otherwise, using a broad variety of canned or jarred tomato products is one of the most family friendly, easiest of dishes to produce and totally delicious too.
The best food preparations are anything that produces a truly rich and satisfying flavor enjoyed by you, your family, and friends.
When preparing Spaghetti and Meatballs using canned or jarred tomato versions I simply begin warming the olive oil, and gently heating some garlic for a few minutes before stirring in the tomato paste, seasonings then adding in the red wine. Red wine in tomato sauce for spaghetti and meatballs is a must for it provides fuller body and richer depth of flavor to the sauce.
After the red wine reduces, I then add in the canned whole tomatoes, chopped with the juice. If I have any extra soft tomatoes in the refrigerator, I chop them up and throw those in too cooking down fully before adding in the tomato puree.
Some folks end the sauce addition process here perhaps adding in more tomato puree before the long simmer begins but this is where I add in a jar of Marinara. To me, finishing off the sauce with the bottled tomato sauce is kind of like the red wine, adding fuller body and rounding out the flavor. Try it. You’ll like it.
I also bake my meatballs rather than fry them, cooking until just done or a little underdone before adding them to the sauce. While firming up simmering in the sauce, the meatballs add in another dimension of flavor and all combined what a treat.
Besides being so easy to prepare with such flavorful outcome, meatballs in sauce make a great side dish too or a tasty meatball sandwich on a roll topped with some provolone.
Sauce with meatballs also freezes well prepared in advance of an event or even just for a busy weeknight thawed before using.
Today with so many food choices including many other flavor dishes from around the world I tend not to make Spaghetti and Meatballs as often. Still with the easy combination of cans and jars transformed to the rich and satisfying flavors in this family friendly comfort dish, Spaghetti and Meatballs will always remain an all time favorite!