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Classic spaghetti

When it comes to comfort food, few dishes are as universally loved as Classic Spaghetti. With its simple yet satisfying combination of tender pasta, rich tomato sauce, and savory meatballs, this timeless Italian favorite has been delighting taste buds for generations. In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make a delicious batch of Classic Spaghetti that’s sure to become a staple in your meal rotation. Whether you’re cooking for a family dinner or hosting a casual get-together with friends, this hearty and flavorful pasta dish is always a crowd-pleaser. Let’s dive in and discover how to make this comforting Classic Spaghetti from scratch.

 

Ingredients: For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or a combination of beef and pork)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive oil, for frying

For the Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of sugar (optional)

For Serving:

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

 

Instructions:

  1. Start by preparing the meatballs. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, beaten egg, minced garlic, chopped parsley, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Mix until all ingredients are evenly combined.
  2. Shape the meat mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter.
  3. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs to the skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Once cooked, remove the meatballs from the skillet and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add another drizzle of olive oil if needed. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and cook until softened and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, black pepper, and a pinch of sugar (if using). Stir to combine.
  6. Bring the sauce to a simmer and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken slightly.
  7. While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente.
  8. Once the spaghetti is cooked, drain it well and return it to the pot.
  9. Pour the tomato sauce over the cooked spaghetti and toss until the pasta is evenly coated in the sauce.
  10. Serve the Classic Spaghetti in individual bowls, topped with the cooked meatballs.
  11. Garnish each serving with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.
  12. Serve immediately and enjoy!

 

Tips for Success:

  • To make the meatballs ahead of time, you can shape them and then refrigerate or freeze them until ready to cook. If freezing, arrange the shaped meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer them to a freezer bag or container for storage.
  • For a smoother sauce, you can use an immersion blender or transfer the cooked sauce to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth before adding the meatballs.
  • Feel free to customize the sauce by adding extra herbs or spices such as red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, or fresh basil.
  • Leftover Classic Spaghetti can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stove, adding a splash of water or broth to loosen the sauce if needed.

 

Variations:

  • Vegetarian Option: Omit the meatballs and serve the Classic Spaghetti with a simple marinara sauce or your favorite vegetarian meatballs.
  • Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs and pasta to make this dish gluten-free.
  • Spicy Option: Add diced jalapeños or crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce for a spicy kick.

 

Classic Spaghetti is a comforting and satisfying meal that’s perfect for any occasion. With its hearty meatballs, rich tomato sauce, and tender pasta, this timeless dish is sure to please the whole family. By following this easy recipe, you can recreate the flavors of your favorite Italian restaurant right in your own kitchen. So gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to enjoy a delicious bowl of Classic Spaghetti that’s guaranteed to warm your heart and fill your belly. Buon appetito!

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