Giovanni’s Spaghetti & Meatballs
Here are two versions-one quick & one the right way. I was in a hurry and had to get dinner on the table fast. Ingredients: Meat Balls
1. Ground Meat-whatever you like……..here I have Chuck.
2. Garlic……..plenty 3. Parsley
4. Bread Crumbs 5. Cheese-whatever you like……..here I have
an Italian blend. 6. Olive Oil 7. ½ cup-Milk 8. Nuts…….normally pine nuts 9. 2 Eggs 10. Black Pepper
1. Garlic 2. Olive Oil 3. 2 cans-Tomatoes 4. Parsley……..a big gob 5. Italian Herbs e.g. Oregano, Basil, Thyme
Chop up a big gob Garlic, dump it in a nice green pan, pour in enough Olive Oil to cover the Garlic and put the heat on low. I put the heat on low because only a small part of my brain still works and I might go out to my garden to pick some herbs and burn the Garlic. Don’t let it cook more than just barely brown or it will get bitter. And then your neighbors will speak ill of you behind your back.
Bet the Wang doodle out of the Eggs.
Dump in about this much Black Pepper. I like
mine course ground.
Add a nice gob of chopped Parsley.
Dump in the Milk.
In Italy, You would use Pine Nuts (Piñon) and
when I am in New Mexico, I would too because they are so common and easy to find there. But I’m in Texas right now and when I looked in the
fridge, all I saw was Pecans……..which are common here. So I dumped in a bunch.
Now dump in enough Bread Crumbs to cover
about ¾ of the mess in the bowel.
Now dump in enough Cheese to cover about ¾
of the Bread Crumbs. Here I have an Italian blend of Mozzarella, Cheddar, Provolone and
By now the garlic should be just a little brown. Strain it out of the oil. You can mix it into the meatball mess if you want or put it back in the
oil to make the sauce.
Pour about half of it into whatever you are going
to cook the Meatballs in. If you leave in the Garlic it will burn and life will become dreary
Eventually you will probably have to get your
hands all messy. I hate this part. Now you have to gob in and mix the meat with the other mess.
Things like this e.g. Meatballs, Salmon and Crab Cakes etc. were invented by poor folks to stretch
the meat. I put in more meat than most other poor folks.
I use an ice-cream spoon to make the meatballs but if you really want them nice and perfect you
will have to use your hands.
My Meatballs are real raggedy assed because I don’t use my hands to make them nice. Keep turning them until they are mostly brown all
Put the Meatballs on real low heat and start the sauce. Pour the Tomatoes into what’s left of the Oil. I’m lazy and stupid so I like to find things that already have seasoning in them…….in this case, Stewed Tomatoes with Italian Seasoning: Basil & Oregano. Put the heat on medium and
boil the water for the Spaghetti.
I put the parsley in the sauce last so it will keep
its nice green color.
Well pooh, the title of the recipe says Spaghetti but actually I much prefer Capellini (Angle
Hair). But if you use Spaghetti, your dog won’t even care.
Like I said at the start, I was in a hurry so I had to just dump some sauce right on the Meatballs.
Dump on a little Parmesan out of the green thing
that everybody criticizes.
And get it on the table.
Ok, I got away with it and now here is the right way.
It’s almost all the same except one step and I
had to make some more sauce.
Still lazy and stupid, I found some more cans of Tomato stuff with Italian seasoning. If you don’t have these, the basic sauce is just Garlic, Olive Oil, Tomatoes and Parsley with a few optional
Italian herbs e.g. Oregano, Basil, Thyme & Rosemary.
Here is the part that’s different this time. I still had plenty of Meatballs. Put them in the sauce.
Make sure they are covered by the sauce and
simmer (real low heat) this for a long time………………3-4 hours. Stir it around
occasionally so it doesn’t burn on the bottom and since you’re having a few glasses of wine, pour some in. Some Italians cook this all day
and some more the next day.
Then dump it all on the Pasta and add a little
Parmesan or Romano. The Oranges, Grapefruit and Lemons have absolutely nothing to do with this. I had picked them green on the coast and,
waiting for them to ripen; I thought they looked nice, so I put them in the picture.
And remember; don’t eat things that are rotten.