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Spaghetti and Meatballs Epic Dinner Board

Feed a crowd of 8-10 tonight, or cook 6 ounces pasta to serve 4 and freeze half the meatball mixture for later.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 2 15-ounce cans Tuttorosso Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 28-ounce can Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes with basil
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • Worcestershire¬†sauce optional
  • MEATBALLS: 2 pounds organic ground beef
  • 2/3 cup Whole Wheat Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil torn in big pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 12-16 oz. uncooked spaghetti pasta

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degress. On a larage baking sheet with lip, place down parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the beef, bread crumbs, onion, basil, garlic, salt, pepper, eggs, and mix well with hands. (Spray hands with cooking spray for non-sticking). Roll the meat into balls (about 18-24) and place on the baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes (depending on the size).
  • To prepare sauce, heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil; heat for 1 minute and add chopped onion, 5 garlic cloves, and dried basil to pan; cook 4-5 minutes, stirring. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, sugar, salt, pepper, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Add meatballs to the sauce or serve on the side. If serving on the side, drizzle with Worcestershire.
  • Follow freezing instructions, or continue recipe.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain. Top pasta with meatball mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • For a large board, serve the spaghetti sauce in the center of the board. Deconstruct a Casear Salad, baguette bread, and the pasta, arranging it on the board.
  • Add fresh Parmesan cheese and butter. Serve!