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In the spirit of the re-release of Lady and the Tramp on Blu-Ray, Food Network Kids star Amber Kelley shows us how to make spaghetti and meatballs.

MEATBALLS IN RED SAUCE WITH NOODLES

Yield = 8 servings

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Two 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes (low-sodium)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper, or to taste

To make the sauce, heat the oil and sauté onions over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for one minute more.

Add the tomatoes, oregano, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then bring heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer while we make the meatballs.

Meatballs

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat sandwich bread, crusts removed and torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup grated onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/3 c Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 1/4 c fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound mild Italian lower-sodium chicken sausage, removed from casing

Place bread pieces and grated onion (with juices) in a bowl, and let the bread soak the onion juice. Add garlic, parsley, parmesan, and egg in a bowl and combine, making sure all the bread is smashed to a paste and incorporated. To the onion mixture, add ground beef and chicken sausage and combine lightly, using your hands or a fork. Overworking your meat will make it tough.

Using your hands or a cookie scoop, lightly form the mixture into 1.5-2-inch meatballs and place them on a baking rack placed on top of a baking sheet. Make sure there is space between the meatballs so air can circulate.

Place the meatballs on an oven rack near the top of your oven, and broil the meatballs for about 8-10 minutes, until it is brown and has some crispy edges. Turn the meatballs, and broil the other side, about 5 more minutes.

Remove the bay leaves from the tomato sauce, and place the meatballs in the sauce. Continue to simmer the meatballs in tomato sauce in the covered pot for another half hour or more. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

Spaghetti

  • 4 quarts of water
  • 1 pound spaghetti OR 4 large zucchini and 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil

You can choose to make regular pasta or zucchini noodles.

For pasta, boil 4 quarts of water. Cook the pasta al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve some of the pasta water for stirring into the tomato sauce, if you’d prefer a thinner sauce.

If you prefer zucchini noodles, create the noodles by using a spiralizer, or slicing thin with a mandolin and then cutting into thin strips using a knife. Heat the oil in a pan, sauté the zucchini noodles for 1-2 minutes to soften it a bit. Season with salt and pepper.

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup basil, cut into thin ribbons
  • Freshly grated parmesan

Toss the noodles with pasta sauce, top with meatballs, and sprinkle with basil and parmesan. Serve with a crunchy green salad.

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