Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spaghetti with Red Sauce and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs is one of those dishes that I love but have never actually made myself, until now.
We had friends over for dinner recently so that afternoon I poured myself a glass of wine, rolled up my sleeves and got to work on a delicious dish of spaghetti with red sauce and spicy meatballs.
The photo doesn't do it justice and since I was in a hurry to dig in I didn't take the time to properly "stage" my food. There are 2 meatballs featured here but one seems to be hiding.
I found the recipe on TasteFood. She adapted a recipe from Ina Garten, my favorite chef, and the results are too yummy. My only change- I used 1/2 ground beef and half spicy Italian sausage.

Make sure you choose a wine that you would drink. You may want to buy an extra bottle for your guests if you're like me and you don't pay attention to how much you're drinking while cooking.

I pureed my tomatoes in the food processor since I like a smoother sauce rather than chunky.

Use your hands to gently combine the meatball ingredients. Hey, it's fun to play with your food.


This is my first time participating in the Crazy Cooking Challenge. Are you participating? Next month the challenge is blueberry muffins, can't wait!


  1. I just made the Sandwich King's meatball sub sandwiches last week - I love balls! :D

    Love the crispy outside of your meatballs!


  2. You are like superwoman. I never, ever make my own sauce eventhough I know it must taste amazingly better. I just do the lazy "from the jar" thing. This looks delicious!

  3. I'll have to try these meatballs...I just recently discovered how great they are!

  4. What's not to love about an Ina recipe? :)

    I hope you'll stop by and visit my CCC - #75 Spaghetti Pie


  5. This looks awesome! Spaghetti and meatballs is one of my favorite foods!

  6. Those meatballs look fantastic and I am definitely adding that wine to my must try list!

  7. Welcome to the CCC! Your sauce looks great, and those meatballs...I would eat them right out of the pan! New follower here.

  8. Looks delicious, a great looking meal.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: Tomato Sauce with Onion & Butter.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  9. I love meatballs! I'm actually having a meatball party soon :) Recipe looks awesome. SO- you won my four year giveaway! Please email me at itzyskitchen at gmail dot com to discuss!

  10. You won the $20 gift card to Applebees!

    Congrats! If you could please send me your address to Princess543@yahoo.com I'll pass it on to the company so you can get your card.