Oven Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs is a perfect family friendly meal. It is baked topped with lots of cheese, until hot, bubbly, and melted gooey! I have made half of my Spaghetti and Meatball with out any kind of cheese because my beloved husband prefers his portion with out it. so I made it half white and half red. cool right!

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A simple casserole made with layers of pasta, tomato sauce, cheese, spice and of course meatballs. Yammy.

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The reason I mix the pasta with the sauce is because the starch released from the pasta creates a sauce that is silkier and clings better to the pasta than cooking the sauce and pasta separately.

This is the right way to mix a pasta and its sauce(any kind of sauce). Almost every pasta dish should be finished off by tossing the almost-cooked pasta in the sauce with a splash of pasta water. Doing this thickens the pasta sauce and it clings to every strand of pasta so you don’t end up with a pool of pasta sauce at the bottom of the bowl.

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It can also be a really good leftover for the coming day. you just have to put it in a micro wave and heat it up.

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yield   4 -5 servings

Ingredients

Tomato sauce

  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilly powder/ chilly pepper
  • 700ml/1.4lb tomato sauce
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

Meatballs

  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 1/2 medium celery(with out the string)
  • 400g/ 1lb ground beef
  • 1 egg beaten
  • herbs (a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano )
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • bread crumbs(enough to make the meat a little bit dry )
  • a little bit of oil to sauté the onion and celery
  • a little bit of oil to cook the meatballs

Pasta

  • 300g/ 11oz spaghetti
  • boiling water
  • salt for the water
  • 2 large eggs for latter use

Garnish

  • chopped chives
  • grated mozzarella cheese as needed
  • grated Parmesan as needed

Procedure

  1. heat the oven to 150C/302F
  2. oil your 21/2 quarts or 9 inch square baking dish
  3. lets start from the sauce because it is gonna take 30minutes to cook and it has to reduce by half
  4. so heat the oil in a pot on a medium heat add the garlic and the chilly powder, after 2seconds.Add the tomato sauce put on the cover and turn the heat to low, stir every now and then
  5. boil the water for the pasta. When boiled cook to packet instruction( useful tip: always put away some of the cooking water you never know when it will come in handy)
  6. now the meatballs, sauté the onion and the celery till soft
  7. in a big bowl put in the meat, the egg, all the herbs, the soy sauce, the nutmeg,the sautéed onion and  the bread crumbs mix well
  8. Shape into 8 dozen small meatballs 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter
  9. cook all in a pan with a little bit of oil till golden brown
  10. it is time to salt and pepper the tomato sauce
  11. at this point I like to add the cooked meatballs in the tomato sauce, with a little bit of cooking water, so that they will flavor each other(5 – 7minutes)
  12. then add the pasta in the pot mix well and verse in to the baking dish that you previously prepared
  13. now pour the two eggs that I have mentioned above on the pasta and pock the pasta with a fork that way the eggs will fall trough
  14. cook for 20 – 30 minutes or till golden brown
  15. sprinkle with some chives and ENJOY.
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Author: myspicypasta

I'm Hirut, originally from Ethiopia and now living in Italy. I'm a happily married, a mother of one and professional assistant cook.

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