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Spaghetti and Meatballs with Raisins

Here is our family favorite recipe for Spaghetti and Meatballs in reply to a request by Aaron Cederlof in the January 3, 2006 Recipe Goldmine Newsletter. Enjoy! ~ cuteascountry_Shortcake

Ingredients

Spaghetti

  • 1 - 2 pounds hot sausage links, pierced with a fork
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 large cans (about 28 ounces each) Italian tomatoes, broken up
  • 1 (14 1/2 - 16 ounce) can tomatoes, broken up
  • 2 large size cans tomato puree
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1 can water (use puree can)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed between fingers
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (do not omit - it cuts the acidity of tomatoes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Meatballs with Raisins

  • 1/2 cup dry seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley, crushed (or 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • Dash pepper

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Instructions

  1. Spaghetti: Saute onion, garlic and green pepper in a small amount of oil (0live oil if you have it). Add puree, water, tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix well. Add sugar, spices, browned sausage and browned meatballs. Simmer for 1 hour per pound of meat added or until meat is completely cooked. Stir often, and prop cover to keep splatter to a minimum. Do not cover pan completely. Heat builds up quickly.
  2. Place sausage in shallow roasting pan or on a cookie sheet with sides. Line pan with foil for easier clean up, if desired. Bake pierced sausage in preheated 400 degree F oven for 30 minutes. Turn occasionally (usually 7 minute intervals) for more even browning. Add to sauce.
  3. Lower oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Meatballs with Raisins: Mix well, bread crumbs, raisins, milk and eggs.
  5. Add remaining ingredients, mix well again. Shape into about 24 meatballs. Place on a cookie sheet with sides. Line sheet with foil, if desired, for easier clean up.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Turn over after 7 minutes. Add to sauce.

You may wish to double the recipe for meatballs. They freeze well. The sauce freezes well too.