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|1 pound ground beef|
(or use a beef/turkey mixture)
|1 medium onion||$.99|
|1 head garlic||$.50|
|1 28 oz. can of whole peeled tomatoes||$1.63|
|1 6 oz can tomato paste||$.89|
|1 package spaghetti*||.99|
|1 loaf French bread||$.99|
|Total Cost = $10.08|
Chop onion and mince or press 4-5 garlic cloves, more if you would like to make garlic toasts with the loaf of bread. Set aside 1/2 cup of onion and 2 cloves of garlic for meatballs. Take a Dutch Oven or large frying pan and cook the rest of the onion and garlic in 1 Tbsp. of oil until softened. Add the tomatoes, including juices to the pan. Add 1 Tbsp. of Italian Seasoning, 1 bay leaf and salt and pepper to taste. Cook on medium high, stirring regularly until the tomato sauce comes to a boil then reduce heat and simmer covered for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. This can cook longer and will be even better as it cooks. As the tomatoes cook down, you will want to crush the whole tomatoes to make a smooth flavorful sauce.
At least 30 minutes before you would like to eat, mix ground beef with 1 egg, 1 cup of breadcrumbs (1 slice of the bread, lightly toasted and crumbled or chopped), salt, pepper and the reserved onion and garlic. I mix it with my hands, like making meatloaf. Make small balls, under 1 inch, and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes, turn them over and bake for another 10 minutes until no pink remains. Or you could brown them in cooking oil, if you prefer. Add cooked meatballs to spaghetti sauce and cook for about 10 more minutes. Serve over cooked spaghetti or whatever pasta you have on hand, with garlic toasts and apple slices.
Another of my Greek papa's recipes. I absolutely love the the orange and cinnamon flavor. It freezes well so I always make an extra batch ;-)
Combine all ingredients, except pasta, and round, into dollar size balls. Brown meatballs in a skillet on medium heat. Transfer the meatballs, and the hamburger grease from browning them, into a baking dish. Add the tomato sauce. Bake covered for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cook your choice of pasta "al dente" and smother with sauce and meatballs.
Serve with Greek Salad (tomato, cucumber, red onion all cut your favorite way; tossed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, crumbled Greek feta cheese and pitted Kalamata olives). Also serve with Greek feta cheese, Kalamata olives and French bread with room temp unsalted butter. Don't forget to serve with orange wedges as a garnish/fruit treat.
Source: Papa Tampourlos
By Deeli from Richland, WA
Prepare meatballs: Combine beef, egg, crumbs, salt and pepper. Shape in 1 inch balls. Arrange on pan. Bake at 375 degrees F oven for 12-15 minutes until uniformly brown.
Combine all ingredients; mix well. Shape into balls. You can use oil in a skillet to brown them so they will stay together.
Love this recipe! The sauce is very simple to make and very tasty and the meatballs are wonderful! Kids will love this!
Heat olive oil in large chicken fryer. Add onion, green pepper, and garlic; cook until transparent. Blend in remaining sauce ingredients. Cover and simmer gently over low heat for 30 minutes.
Use your blender to create budget spaghetti sauce and make perfect Italian meatballs with leftovers, with half the usual amount of ground beef.
In a Dutch oven, combine the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, sugar, grated onion, oregano, a tsp. pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for 1 1/4 hours.
Cook ground beef and seasonings until brown. Drain excess fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes, sauce, and mushrooms. Bring meat to boiling point. Simmer in covered pan 20-25 minutes. . .
An interesting way to form your meatballs is to twirl your noodles into balls and freeze them. These noodles get wrapped by the meat mixture, covered with sauce and baked.