Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lots of food, little money: pasta

I love pasta. Amen.

2 lbs ground beef or 1 lb of beef and 1 lb ground pork
2-3 C bread or cracker crumbs
4 eggs
1/2 C grated Parmesan (Romano is good too)
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic salt

Mix and form into balls. Place on baking sheet and bake at 400 for 20-25 min or until the tops are brown and they looked cooked. Place in sauce and cook until you are hungry. The longer, the better. I like to cook them on high in my crock pots for about 3 hours and then turn to low for another 3 hours. If I am pressed for time, I cook them in a pot on the stove for 2-3 hours.

2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp basil
1 grated carrot
1/2 C finely chopped kale or chard
parsley if you have it
2 tsp minced garlic
tomato sauce (If I have fresh tomato sauce, I use it. However, it seems we canned too much salsa and not enough sauce this year so I used a giant tomato sauce can from Costco.)

Meatballs freeze great and are great eaten on homemade rolls or buns. I like to use leftover sauce for pizza or I freeze it and use it for a quick lunch.


Abby said...

We (the kids and I) made your simple noodles again last night (with regular old wheat flour). So good with our chicken :) They definitely have a chewier texture than the ones I made growing up.

Heather said...

Good! I'm glad you like them. That's how my great Italian grandma made noodles.

Abby said...

Yes, I figured taking a noodle recipe from someone who is actually Italian made sense. :)