Enter Nana Karen. When I was pregnant with Shrek and Donkey there wasn't much I could do the further along I got. Nana Karen would come over about once a week and make dinner and help me with whatever. She was a God send. It was an enormous help. One of the things she would make was Spaghetti and Meatballs. Wow! She made homemade sauce and from scratch meatballs. Every time I eat this dish I am in heaven.
Nana Karen is an old school cook. She doesn't measure anything and makes everything from memory. A few weeks ago she found a pasta maker that her and I have been playing with and making homemade pasta. If you have never had homemade pasta it is divine! She came over today to make some pasta. While she was here she offered to make some sauce. That is a must! I offered to take notes while she made it.
Remember I said that Nana Karen doesn't measure anything? She measured the spices out in this
Nonetheless, here's the recipe....
Made in a soup pot/stock pot/ dutch oven/etc....you get the idea.
Nana Karen's Spaghetti Sauce
1 medium onion~ chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic~ minced
1 tsp or less of sugar
dried Basil (3/4 spoon estimated to be 1/4 cup)
dried Oregano (3/4 spoon estimated to be 1/4 cup)
dried Parsley (3/4 spoon estimated to be 1/4 cup)
1 can chicken broth
2 to 3 Bay Leaves
2 small cans tomato paste
1 can tomato paste
1 can diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
Cover bottom of pan with Olive Oil. Saute` onion in oil until browned. Lightly salt and pepper (you can always add more later if desired). Add sugar. Add dried spices and mix in with oil, onion and sugar. Add in minced garlic. Add broth and stir. Add Bay Leaves and tomato products. Stir together and add Worcestershire Sauce. Simmer together all day.
*No exactly necessary but makes all the difference. My sauce started at 12:30 today and was turned off at 5pm this evening.*
What is spaghetti sauce without meatballs?!
Nana Karen's Meatballs
1 pd ground beef
Dried Basil (1/2 or less of a spoon)
Dried Oregano (1/2 or less of a spoon)
Dried Parsley (1/2 or less of spoon)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire
Parmesan (estimated about 1/4 cup more or less if desired)
*in lieu of breadcrumbs white bread soaked in egg can be used*
Mix all ingredients together well. Form into balls. Drop raw meatballs into boiling sauce. Cook for about 20 minutes.
|The picture does not do it justice!|
Serve all this on top of homemade spaghetti and you have a plate full of Heaven.