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The Silver Spoon Cookbook – Spaghetti and Meatballs

14 Oct

This book is FAT. Yep, a epic hefty paperweight of Italian cookbook. I felt cultured from Chapter 1 – Sauces. I was in the mood for a new spaghetti and meatballs. I have many variations but this one is my new favorite. In the book, it’s Rigatoni with Meatballs… this sauce is delicious!! My version of this recipe is below – a meaty, tangy and fragrant Italian dinner straight from The Silver Spoon.

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Adapted from The Silver Spoon Cookbook

Ingredients
Meatloaf mix – ground pork, beef, and veal (about 2 lbs)
1-2 fresh flat-leaf parsley leaf sprigs, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 egg
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
flour, for dusting
3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced thin and in 2-3 pieces
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 small fresh rosemary sprig, chopped
Crushed tomatoes (15 oz jar)
1 box of spaghetti, cooked Al dente
Parmesan Cheese, for dressing
Garlic bread, for dipping

Instructions
Combine the ground meat, egg, parsley and garlic in a bowl. Then add salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into small meatballs, dust with flour and set aside. Heat the oil in a large deep pan, add the onion, celery, carrot, and rosemary and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, then add the meatballs and increase the heat to medium. Cook until the meatballs are lightly browned all over, then add the crushed tomatoes. Lower the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 40 minutes. Cook the spaghetti in a pot of salted boiling water to al dente, drain and serve meatballs with sauce over the pasta. Dress with freshly grated parmesan cheese and enjoy! I also served this with garlic bread and it was super delicious!

-M

Cheesy Baked Shells

11 Jun

This is one of those meals where it’s “how many of these are too many before I start to get judged?”… haha. I literally loved these and ate them the next day for lunch as well. They are so flavorful and cheesy. For me, it’s important to be able to make food quickly and this took me under an hour – I love italian food and this is definitely going to be a go-to recipe for me. Try it!

Ingredients:
1 Box Jumbo Pasta Shells
15 oz container of Ricotta Cheese
1 square of mozzarella cheese, diced (I get part skim)
1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
1/2 cup parsley
1 jar of pasta sauce (get one that has onion, garlic, and basil)
Salt and Pepper

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place a large pot of water with salt to boil and cook shells per package instructions. I would boil until pasta is soft but still a little al-dente. Meanwhile, In a medium size bowl, combine the ricotta, dice the mozzarella and add half of it, the parmigiano reggiano, parsley, salt and pepper (use your best judgement, enough to add flavor) and mix to combine the filling. On the bottom of a large baking dish, spread half the pasta sauce on the bottom of the pan to coat evenly. Once the pasta is cooked, drain. One by one, stuff each shell with the cheese mixture and set on it’s side in the pan right on top of the sauce. Repeat until you run out of space in the baking dish. Sprinkle the rest of the pasta sauce on top of the shells and top with the rest of the diced mozzarella. Add pepper to top and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. In my photo below I probably should have left it for a few more minutes but either way it came out good (I love the texture of chunky mozz pieces)! These don’t photograph well but they were really good!

-M