Tuesday, February 1, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Favorite Food - Spaghetti

My mom is a great cook.  I love it when I go home during the summer and get to eat her cooking.  I'm sure as a picky child I was a royal pain in the butt for her, but karma has already bitten me in the butt twice as I try to get my children to eat!  

Some of my favorite foods were homemade ravioli, spaghetti, halupkie, fashnachts, etc.  Probably the most incredible thing after listing those foods is that we're not Italian, Polish or German.  My hubby's German, but never had a fastnacht before I made one for him...I guess it was regional German!  Anyway, my mom is 100% Irish and never an Irish dish found it's way to my plate.  At least with my knowledge.  As an adult I can kind of see why.  I've attempted to eat and attempted to make, corned beef and cabbage.  It was not pretty nor pleasant in any way.  So I'll stick to scones and colcannon for now...

The recipe I'm going to share is my mother's for Spaghetti and Meatballs.  It's comfort food for me.  I omit the green peppers when I make it because they're one of the few things my husband doesn't eat.  I hated the sausage when I was younger (especially the hot sausage), but adore it now!  It adds flavor even if the kids won't touch it.

So here it is.  Alice Brown's Spaghetti and Meatballs!

The Sauce:
1 small onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 green pepper, diced (optional)
1 tbsp dried sweet basil
2 tbsp dried oregano
4 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 c. red wine
1 lb. sweet Italian sausage, cut into pieces
1 lb hot Italian sausage, cut into pieces
Meatballs (recipe follows)

In a large soup pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil.  Saute the onion and garlic (and green pepper if using).  Add the basil and oregano and stir.  Pour in the tomatoes and tomato sauce and stir.  Add the cheese, wine, sausages and meatballs.  Lower the heat to medium-low and cook until meatballs and sausage are cooked through.

1 lb ground beef (chicken or turkey may be substituted)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp dried sweet basil
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 eggs
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
Italian Bread Crumbs
Salt and Pepper

In a large bowl place the meat, garlic, basil, oregano, eggs, Parmesan cheese and a few dashes of salt and pepper.  Pour bread crumbs down the center of the meat in the bowl (I do not have a measurement for this, nor do I want to guess at it.  My mom gave me these instructions and they work.  Maybe someday I’ll measure.  If I had to guess I would say that it’s about ¾ cup.).  Mix with hands.  Form into balls and place in spaghetti sauce to cook.

Prepare pasta according to directions on box and serve with sauce, sausage and meatballs.