Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day Spaghetti with Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs Recipe...

Hello my charming friends.  Looking for a great recipe for Father's Day?  This is Spaghetti with Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs Recipe from is sure to please Dad!

1 lb lean ground beef
12 oz sweet Italian ground sausage (or spicy if you prefer)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 onion, chopped fine
1/2 lb mozzarella, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
    2 – 28 oz cans San Marzano crushed tomatoes
    1 – 8 oz package baby bella or other mushroom, chopped
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1/2 green pepper, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 1/2 tablespoons dried Italian blend seasoning (oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, and sage)   –   OR     –    about 1/2 cup fresh torn basil and 2 tablespoons fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
    2 teaspoons salt, or more to taste
    1/4 cup good red wine (optional)
      Extra Ingredients
      1 lb. spaghetti
      olive oil
        1. Preheat a large pot. Drizzle with olive oil. Add mushrooms, onions and bell peppers for the sauce. Saute until mushrooms are tender. Add salt and garlic. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes and add crushed tomatoes. Add dried herbs, if using, and season with salt to taste. Add wine if using. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
        2. Combine all ingredients for meatballs in a large bowl. Combine well with a fork, or like I do, with my hands. Take each mozzarella cube and form a meatball around it.
        When you have all the meatballs formed, preheat a large skillet and drizzle with olive oil. Cook meatballs over medium heat until browned on all sides.
        3. Prepare spaghetti according to package directions. With sauce at a simmer, as meatballs finish cooking, drop them in the sauce. Let simmer 5 – 10 minutes and serve. If using fresh herbs, add them now, and wilt in before serving.

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