Pasta and meatballs . . . yum! Here’s a nice recipe using rigatoni. You can substitute the pasta for spaghetti if preferred.
1 Pound (If You Can'T Find Inexpensive Ground Beef Use 1.5 Pounds Of Sausage And 1.5 Pounds Of Beef)
3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
Minced garlic clove
Chopped fresh basil
Grated yellow onion
Mix well and form small meatballs.
Heat a large skillet with olive oil and fry the meatballs, turning as they brown. Drain on paper towels.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook 12 oz of Rigatoni per package instructions.
Drain and set aside.
FOR THE SAUCE:
Heat a large skillet with some olive oil. Add 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped.
If you are using the same pan you fried the meatballs in, make sure to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes – until softened and
Add 4 minced garlic cloves and 2 chopped medium tomatoes. (If you would like to add bell peppers to this sauce add 1 finely chopped small one now).
Mix well and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes.
Add 1 ½ TBS chopped fresh basil and 1 TBS crushed dry oregano.
Mix well. Add 1 – 28 oz. can tomato sauce.
Mix well. Fill the empty tomato sauce can half way through with water and scrape the remaining sauce off the sides of the can.
Add to the sauce.
Bring the tomato sauce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
Add about 16 meatballs and the cooked pasta. Add another 2 TBS hopped fresh basil.
Heat through and serve with shredded Parmesan cheese.
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