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Spaghetti and Meatballs

When there's time to simmer, this hearty sauce and home-style meatballs make a memorable main course, Dawnetta McGhee of Lewiston, Idaho suggests.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) tomato puree
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • MEATBALLS:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound ground pork
  • 3/4 cup finely crushed saltines
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add the next seven ingredients; mix well. Simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, combine the beef, pork and cracker crumbs; set aside. In another bowl, combine eggs, garlic, Parmesan cheese and oregano; crumble meat mixture over egg mixture and blend well.
  • Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls; brown in a skillet, turning once. Add to sauce; simmer, uncovered 1-1/2 hours longer or until a thermometer reads 160°. Serve with spaghetti.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 298 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 147mg cholesterol, 1158mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 20g protein.

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