Amy Jean’s Kitchen: Spaghetti and Meatballs (Eat Like A Gilmore)



This was the most work I have ever put into making spaghetti

and also the first time, outside of a restaurant, that I have

had it with meatballs. It was work, but delicious. However, spaghetti

in my mind is supposed to be an easy meal to make so, while this

spaghetti was good, that means that in the future I will be sticking

to jarred spaghetti sauce and frozen meatballs. Lol 





4 garlic cloves, crushed 

1 cup chopped, de-stemmed white mushrooms

¼ cup minced white onion

2 tsp olive oil

2 29 oz cans tomato sauce

2 8 oz can tomato sauce, no salt added

1 cup red wine

1 cup cottage cheese

2 tbsp dried basil

2 tbsp dried oregano

4 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp black pepper

¼ – ½ cup sugar (or to taste)

Salt, to taste



½ pound ground, lean sirloin (or turkey)

½ pound sweet italian sausage, tubing removed

1 egg

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

2 tbsp minced white onion

2 tbsp dried italian seasoning

1 tsp garlic powder

Salt and pepper, to taste

½ cup italian bread crumbs 

1 tsp olive oil

1 cup sauce (from this recipe)




1.) In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté

garlic, mushrooms, and onion with olive oil, until onion

and garlic are soft and translucent. 


2.) Add tomato sauces, red wine, cottage

cheese, basil, oregano, parsley, and black pepper. Simmer

over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


3.) Mix in sugar and salt, to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.


4.) In a large bowl, combine ground sirloin, sausage, egg,

parmesan, onion, seasonings, and bread crumbs. Mix with

hands until fully combined and ingredients are evenly distributed.


5.) Using hands, roll meatballs approximately the

size of golf balls, not much larger.


6.) In a deep frying pan/Dutch oven, over medium high

heat, heat olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Carefully place meatballs

in a pan with olive oil. Cover and cook thoroughly for 10-15

minutes, rotating the meatballs often so they cook evenly.


7.) Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove meatballs from the

pan and add them to the prepared sauce. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. 


8.) Serve over your favorite spaghetti or angel hair

pasta. Top with grated, fresh parmesan.


Makes 4 servings.




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