Monday, April 2, 2012

Spaghetti and Meatballs

This is my family's favorite meal. There's nothing yummier or more comforting than a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. This is for little ones 10+ months who are ready for finger foods.

Here's what you need:
1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
1 1/2 jars marinara sauce
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
handful pine nuts
1 1/2 cups finely chopped baby spinach
Olive oil

Bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta according to package. While pasta is cooking mix beef, pork, breadcrumbs, cheese, egg, pine nuts, chopped baby spinach, 1 tsp salt and some pepper in a big mixing bowl with your hands. Don't over work the meat that will make your meatballs mushy. Form little meatballs and set aside. Heat a large deep skillet with 2 tbslp olive oil over medium high heat. Add the meatballs and cook until they are browned on all sides (about 5 minutes). While meatballs are cooking, pour marinara sauce into a medium to large size pot and heat over medium heat. When meatballs are browned add them to the hot marinara sauce, cover and let simmer for 10 or so minutes (make sure to stir often so sauce wont burn). The meatballs will continue to cook in the sauce. When pasta is cooked, drain and put in bowls. Spoon sauce and meatballs over the pasta, serve and enjoy! Make sure to cut the meatballs and the pasta up for your little ones. (You can freeze these meatballs for up to 2 months)

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