Friday, July 19, 2013

Sallee's Angel Hair Spaghetti and Meatballs

My husband, Bill is a pasta lover. He has searched out and eaten at many Italian restaurants in the last thirty years. After eating my version of angel hair spaghetti, he told me mine is the best he has ever eaten. I know, he's my husband and husband's are supposed to say things like that, but I gave the leftovers to my hard working daughter, Ashley. Ashley sent me a text that said,"Mom, this spaghetti is awesome! How did you make it?" So, I am giving you my heavenly recipe so you can wow your friends and family.
A trio of recipes combine to make a grand slam Italian main dish! 

Oven Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground chuck or ground round
  • 1 Tbsp. steak sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cp. quick oats
  • 1/2 tsp. dried minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

  • Place all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and smush together until you have a well-blended ball of seasoned meat. 
  • Take a 1/3 cup measuring cup and pack level with the meat mixture. Remove the packed meat by tapping the cup upside down on the palm of your hand. A nice meat disk should pop out. Place the meat disk to the side. 
  • Repeat until all of the meat is measured out.
  • Take each disk of meat and divide it in half. 
  • Roll each half between the palms of your hands to form a  ball. 
  • Place the balls in an 8 inch baking dish. 
  • Repeat this step until all the disks have been divided and formed into meatballs.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-25 minutes, or until done.
Angel Hair Pasta
 My sweetheart, Bill, likes angel hair pasta and switching from regular spaghetti to angel hair spaghetti is an easy way to please my handsome man. My first experience with the thinner noodle was a happy affair because the thinner noodles cook in seven minutes.
4-6 oz. angel hair pasta

  • Bring water to a boil in a covered 4 qt. sauce pan or stock pot. 
  • Place pasta in the boiling water. 
  • Set your timer for 7 minutes. Then, gently stir the pasta with a spaghetti spoon until the water comes back to a boil. 
  • Let pasta cook in gently boiling water for 5 minutes. 
  • Turn off heat and let set in water for last 2 minutes. 
  • Drain in a colander, but do not rinse.
Sallee's Quick Spaghetti Sauce

  • 1 24 oz. can Hunts Traditional Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 10 whole black olives, sliced or chopped

  • Place all of the ingredients into the pan the pasta was cooked in.  
  • Mix well. 
  • Heat until it just begins to simmer. 
  • Turn off heat. 
  • Place angel hair pasta and cooked meatballs into the sauce. 
  • Gently toss with the spaghetti spoon until the sauce is evenly mixed with the angel hair pasta and meatballs.
  • Place a lid on the pan and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Serves 2-4