Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Grandma Lois' Spaghetti and Meatballs

This morning we woke up to more of this.

And it was foggy and cold. Where is that St. George sunshine I am so used to? It made me want to stay in doors and "nest". Not only that, I was craving "comfort food", or as my kids call it "Mom food". I was raised in the Bay Area of California, and every fall my mom used to come to Utah for a 2-3 week visit. During that time I always felt so spoiled. My mother was a wonderful cook, and while she visited she would treat our family to her special Spaghetti and Meatballs.

My mom has been gone for 13 years now. When I am especially missing her, I pull one of her recipe cards and relive happy memories of cooking together.

I have kept the hand written recipe cards she made for me, and work from those rather than transfer the recipe to the computer or book. It makes the experience of cooking her favorite foods more personal. I love to touch her handwriting.
Today I made her Spaghetti and Meatballs.
First start by breaking up three slices of soft bread. This is a good way to use up bread that has gotten slightly stale. My mom always tried to use the heels.
Then add in the meat, egg, garlic, parsley and Parmesan cheese.
Mix together and form into walnut sized balls.

Fry the meatballs in a small amount of oil in the same pot you will be cooking the sauce in.

Once cooked, pull the meatballs out. In the remaining oil brown the chopped onion, garlic and green pepper.
Add the remaining ingredients for the sauce. Once the sauce starts to thicken up, add the meatballs back in. You can now let this simmer on your stove for the next few hours. The aroma in my house today has been so wonderful!
Paul was one happy boy when I had this ready for him when he came home from school, and before he headed out the door to work. I just wish my other children lived close by so I could have them over and share this meal with them too. This was one of their favorite dishes when they were growing up.
1 lb. ground hamburger/ or mix with ground Italian Sausage
1 clove garlic
1 egg
3 slices soft bread torn into crumbs (heels work best)
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 C. fresh parsley ( or 1/8 C. dried)
With moistened hands, shape into walnut sized balls. Brown in a small amount of oil on all sides. Turn gently at first as the meat balls will fall apart. Set aside.
Drain grease.
In the same pot:
SAUCE: brown slightly 1 Chopped onion, 1 clove garlic, and (optional) 1 chopped green pepper.
Add: 1 Can tomatoes
1 Can tomato paste
1 C. water
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1 T. basil
Salt and pepper
** I usually doctor up with 2 more cans of diced/ and crushed tomatoes, and add more of the spices.
Simmer sauce until thickened. Return meatballs to pot, and continue simmering for 1-2 hours.


Nanette Merrill said...

Holy Cow that looks good. We just don't cook enough like the old days. Look how trim she was too for all that homemade old fashioned cooking. My grandmother was an amazing cook. (I got her body BTW). And I dont have any of her recipes. Your family will be glad for those for generations.

Di~ said...

Wow, Nedra, that snow is something!!! that's more than here in Idaho. Those meatballs look great, thanks for a comfort food recipe, I'll be making that. I was just getting ready to go make plain old spagetti right now.

Aubrey said...

Look at that snow! It's been raining all day today here. I love those meatballs. How fun is it to see that picture of Grandma?! I love blogging for this very reason.

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing you mom's meatball and spagetti sauce receipe. Spagetti is one of my favorites and I always requested that my mom made it for my birthday dinner. I came thru' St. George on Sunday, heading home from AZ. Missed the snow there, but there was pleanty here. Keep warm;)

Eileen said...

I wish I liked to make meatballs because we all love to eat them. This recipe looks so good. But I hate the frying part.. they always stick or fall apart.
Your mother was beautiful. I love her silver hair. I miss my mom too.. and enjoy using her original recipe cards so much.

SaraVictorious said...

What a sweet story! There's nothing in the world as good as recipes that get passed down from loved ones. And snow in St. George is a crazy sight! Stay warm!