My mom wanted spaghetti and meatballs the other day so that is just what we did. You can never go wrong with this classic. I got a new cookbook for Christmas that incorporates spicy sausage into the mixture rather than pork or veal. This gives the meatballs amazing new flavor, I added in more sausage and less ground beef than called for because I love the sausage flavor, but as usual, do what makes you happy. This makes about 12 meatballs
1 Cup Dried Bread Crumbs
1/4 Cup Whole Milk
2 LBS 85% Lean Ground Beef
1/2 LBS Spicy Italian Sausage, casing removed
1 Cup Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 TSP Dried Oregano
1 TSP Dried Chili Flakes
1 TSP Salt
1 TSP Pepper
2 Eggs, beaten
1 26 oz Jar of Marinara Sauce
Let’s Get Cooking
Preheat the oven to 400F and line your baking sheets
In a large mixing bowl combine with your hands: bread crumbs + milk + beef + sausage + cheese + oregano + chili flakes + salt + pepper.
Add in the eggs and mix until well combined. Don’t over mix, it will make the meat tough.
Using about 1/2 cup measure scoop the meatball mixture out and roll with your hands to make a ball.
Place on baking sheets and bake for about 25 minutes.
Serve with your favorite marinara sauce and pasta.
I love noodles, so simple and comforting. As a kid I could eat noodles for every meal, but the sauce always had to be on the side. As my self-taught, home kitchen culinary skills grew, making pasta was on my list to make. With a new kitchen aid, and attachments, I was able to scratch off homemade pasta.
I was expecting the process of pasta making to be drawn out and difficult. I soon realized my assumption was far from the truth. The pasta included 4 ingredients, Semolina flour + eggs + water + oil.
The directions on the semolina bag were easy to follow. A well was made in the flour and the remaining ingredients were added. The dough is then kneaded until there are no cracks. The dough is left to sit for about 30 minutes, wrapped in a towel.
After the dough has taken a break, it is finally time for the best part! I had never used a pasta roller or cutter before so this was a very exciting time for me. The dough was put through the roller, then folded over, repeating this step until the desired thickness. The dough is then put through the pasta cutter, I used the spaghetti cutter for my first try.
The pasta is then cooked in boiling water for about 2-3 minutes. Be sure to watch carefully as it cooks super fast! This was some of the most fun I had cooking in awhile! If I could I would make homemade pasta for every occasion.