Quick and easy Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs: homey, hearty, the culinary equivalent of a warm fuzzy sweater.
Mother Nature must have heard my cries because we had real fall-like temperatures smiling down on us in the dead of winter fall. It was literally 71 degrees yesterday!
Despite the unseasonably warm day we had yesterday, we are brought back to reality with 50 degrees this morning. I finally gave in and unpacked my winter coats and scarves from the dry cleaner bags. The heat has already been switched on in our building as well, so there’s no turning back.
Today I am sharing with you the epitome of comfort foods: Spaghetti and Meatballs.
I’ve noticed that I have not shared my Spaghetti Meatballs with you, despite the fact that I love all kinds of meatballs. Spaghetti and Meatballs is what I call a shortcut homemade dish. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I’ll have a stray container of marinara sauce I make from scratch lingering in the freezer, but usually I get some help from storebought marinara sauce, sprucing it up with caramelized onions and garlic, dried Italian herbs, and a spoonful of sugar to balance out the acidity.
This dish is an absolute breeze to make. Instead of pan frying the meatballs, I bake them in the oven until they retain their shape (not completely cooked through though) and then transfer them to a pot of simmering marinara sauce to finish cooking. Toss in some cooked pasta – penne, spaghetti, or whatever you have on hand (I like spaghetti rigati because it holds more sauce) – and you’re golden. No more than 45 minutes after I stepped foot in the kitchen – dinner was ready!
In other news, another episode of Top Chef: Boston is coming out tonight! I am a sucker for Top Chef and have watched every season since the first season without fail. It is one of the few shows I watch every week (Bachelor/Bachelorette and Master Chef are my other guilty pleasures) and I wish there are more episodes each week and more episodes each season. A little greedy, huh?
Do you like to watch cooking competition shows?