Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spaghetti & Meatballs

"Don't you just love Italian food!"
1 pound package angel hair pasta or spaghetti noodles
2 jars of pasta sauce, your favorite variety
2 pounds hamburger
1/2 cup bread crumbs, Italian style
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes or if desired you may use 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped finely
Mix all meatball ingredients together and form into meatballs that are about 2-inches in diameter.*  Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, turning over 1/2 way through the cooking time.  
While meatballs are baking, prepare pasta according to package directions; drain noodles and keep warm until ready to serve.  In a large saucepan, heat pasta sauce over medium heat.  When meatballs are finished cooking, add them to the pasta sauce and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Serve meatballs with sauce over pasta.  Sprinkle with additional grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.  Serve with garlic bread and a green salad for a delicious Italian meal.
*TIP:  To form into evenly sized meatballs, you can use a medium sized ice cream scoop.    

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