Monday, January 28, 2013

Itsa Meatball!

I can't even remember that last time I had spaghetti. While it's a staple for some people, I rarely make it. So when I was trying to think about what to make with the turkey I had in the fridge the other night, I remembered a recipe I've wanted to try for ages: Martha's spaghetti with meatballs. Bonus: I had everything in the recipe except crushed tomatoes and an onion!

My only qualm was the meatball cooking process - they kept falling apart in the sauce and almost turned it into a meat sauce. Since that's not what I signed up for, I finally took them out and baked them (with a coat of tomato sauce) at 400 for 10 minutes. Crisis diverted, phew.

The end product was incredibly flavorful - and it was even better as leftovers the next day. Yep, I'll be making this again.

tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper
1 large egg
1/3 cup milk
1 white onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Erika's addition: teaspoon of red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper for some spice!
1 pound ground turkey
1 pound spaghetti
  1. Make the sauce: In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, and cook about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, oregano, and thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer, covered, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Make the meatballs: In a large bowl, whisk together egg, milk, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper with a fork. Stir in onion, breadcrumbs, cheese, and parsley. Add turkey, and mix until combined. Form mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls.
  3. Add meatballs to skillet, and spoon sauce over to coat. Place over medium heat until meatballs are just cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  4. Cook spaghetti until al dente according to package instructions, about 12 minutes. Drain pasta, transfer to skillet, and toss gently with the sauce. Serve with more cheese.


  1. Yum, that looks so good! I love spaghetti.

  2. these look delicious! i love meatballs!

  3. I love spaghetti and meatballs! Looks really yummy!!!

  4. Meatballs are always so fiddly, but so worth it!

  5. yum. with meatballs I think the trick is to not stir the pot much, just swirl the actual pot itself until the meatballs have been properly browned.


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