Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Spaghetti and Meatless Meatballs

We didn't grill anything for the 4th yesterday because we've let our grill go to pot and we haven't cleaned it up yet.

Therefore, I made:

Spaghetti and Meatless Meatballs (from Trader Joe's)

Box of Spaghetti
2 cloves of garlic
half an onion - minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons red wine
italian herbs

Start by heating up the olive oil (low heat) in a pot and putting in the garlic for two minutes. Then I throw in the onions and let them caramelize. When the kitchen gets to smelling really yummy, I open up the cans of tomatoes and pour them in the pot along with the wine. I let the tomatoes cook and soak up the wine. I put in few dashes of italian herbs and let things simmer for at least forty minutes with the top covered. Then when the tomatoes are nice and soft, mush everything up with a potato masher or hand blender.

When the sauce is about done, cook up a box of spaghetti and you're ready to eat!

This recipe is really easy and I use it all the time. It's always a hit. Although my sister thinks that the meatless meatballs should just be called Meatless Balls.

I've tried to share this recipe with a friend who only uses jarred sauce. I told her it was super easy, but when I started explaining what to do, her eyes glazed over like: "I am NEVER going to make this sauce WHY are you insisting on telling me about it?"

According to my mother, children who eat jarred sauce didn't have mothers who really loved them.

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