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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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What is it about comfort food that....makes us comfortable?  Is it a mental, physical, or social state?  I've never heard anyone say, "I remember that salad my granny use to make."  But, we do remember the cookies, the cakes, the pies, and the pastas.  So comfortable for the soul and so uncomfortable for our jeans.

My grandmother use to make a wonderful pasta with chicken; she always made her own sauce, but something happened in the 1980's.  She told me, "I discovered the most wonderful thing in the world." I said, "what is it?"  She said, "RAGU."  Mama Rosa never made her own sauce again!

Spaghetti and meatballs is a dish that almost everyone enjoys.  I certainly enjoyed it.  I know the picture is incomplete, but... you'll  just have to trust me on this one.


                                                           Spaghetti And Meatballs

Ingredients:                                                  Yield: 6 Servings

1 lb ground beef

1 lb ground pork

4 slices fresh white bread crumbs, crusts removed

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 egg, beaten

3/4 cup olive oil

Sauce


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup white wine

1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1 tablespoon fresh parsley

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Cooked spaghetti
Fresh grated parmesan cheese


In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt,  pepper, egg, and 1/2 cup warm water (the water is the secret for soft meatballs.) Using an ice cream scoop, form meatballs.  You will have about 15 meatballs.
In a large skillet, heat about 3/4 cups olive oil.  In batches, carefully place the meatballs and brown them over medium high heat. Remove meatballs from skillet and drain on a plate with paper towels.
Discard the oil from the pan.

For the sauce heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in same pan and add onion and garlic; sauté about 4 minutes.  Add wine, cook about 3 minutes and add tomatoes, parsley, salt, and pepper.  Return meatballs to sauce and simmer covered for about 25 minutes.  Always cut a meatball in half to make sure it's completely cooked.

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.  Pour sauce over pasta and loosen top button of jeans.  Comfort food should be eaten comfortably!

Buon Appetito

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