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Friday, June 26, 2009

simply complex


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ometimes the simplest things can be the most difficult and I like it that way. The perfect omelete or the ideal milkshake all fall under this header for me. Anyone can fry up some bacon and slap it between two slices of bread but the one that can create a perfect BLT is the one for me.



Spaghetti and meatballs falls into this realm. Super simple to make and super simple to make bad. I have had so much over cooked pasta and dried out meatballs in my life it is hard to imagine. The one that scares me most is when someone tells me this is their grandmothers recipe, hello it was a depression and ingredients were scarce how good can these meatballs possibly be?



So grab a fork and grab a spoon (if thats how you twirl) and tuck into a bowl of goodness, not how anyones grandmother used to make but how I make it - al dente pasta lightly sprinkled with olive oil and juicy, I mean juicy braised meatballs.

33 comments:

TavoLini said...

I hear you on the overcooked pasta!! ugh, it drives me nuts. Semolina mush.

What all do you throw in your sauce? I tend to be a purest with mine..

The Townhouselady said...

Funny, I just made a big batch of meatballs 2 days ago. I know must be good at it too since it's the number one thing people request from me over and over.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love spaghetti with meatballs but the common spaghetti here has ground meat and has a sweet tasting sauce.

I love all kinds of sauces for spaghetti!Yours looks really appetizing,it's dinner time here and I am craving for one..

Donna-FFW said...

Beg to differ with you on one point DB. Sometimes simple grandma recipes are the best IMVHO. Equates comfort to me anyway.

Your plate looks extremely satisfying and delicious.

Beth said...

dang that looks good. I, too, have had some really bad spaghetti...how the hell do you mess THAT up?!

I do have to admit, if there's anything I can do right, it's sauce and meatballs!!

finsmom said...

You can never go wrong with a good bowl of spag and sauce!

doggybloggy said...

tavolini: I like it simple with a little basil a little garlic, a little red pepper some olive oil, salt/pepper and crushed tomatoes.

townhouse: that would be a major indicator for sure!

peachkins: sweet can be good...

donna: I might be a little older than you so my grandmother references probably date back to leaner times....

beth: I know you can throw down on a bowl of macaroni and gravy..

finsmom: spoken like a true professional!

Anette said...

I'll twirl the fork like there's no tomorrow if I get my hands on that!

ARUNA said...

I love spaghetti anytime.......your plate looks yumm yumm yummo!!!!!!

5 Star Foodie said...

Mouthwatering bowl of spaghetti and meatballs!

KennyT said...

I see this quote "Simplicity is deliciousness - Nigella Lawson" from this dish.

Micky-T said...

The bottom of our bread drawer had two possible outcomes, bread pudding or meatballs. And let me tell ya, my mom used to make juicy, large meatballs, that looked just like yours.

Marjie said...

We make meat sauce hereabouts, because I just don't want to play with meatballs. I'm with TavoLini on being a sauce purist, too, and with both of you on not overcooking pasta.

buffalodick said...

Meatballs- Ground lamb, beef, and pork...
Pasta- spaghetti, Al Dente...
Sauce- Rich tomato base with oregano, marjoram, basil, and a touch of fennel...
Cheese- Fresh grated Parmesan and grated Romano mixed- sprinkled on top...
But that's just me...
As we agree- simple things done well!

Pooja said...

Well said! The simplest one can be the most challenging! Esp with omelettes! Wow spaghetti with meat balls look scrumptious. May turn messy if proper attention is not given. But yours look perfect!

the ungourmet said...

I need to make meatballs again soon! This looks simply delicious!

Reeni♥ said...

Now you've gone and stirred up a craving - that's some seriously good-looking comfort food!

Jenn said...

Comfort food! Mmmm. Overcooking pasta can be done easily. I hate that too. Kind of puts a damper of my meal, but I can't complain. I still like it.

Yours looks cooked to perfection!

teresa said...

This put me in a good mood. Something so familiar about spaghetti and meatballs!

Chef Fresco said...

Mama mia! What big balls you have!! LOL

Stacey Snacks said...

what time is dinner?


my meatballs are never that great.

lisaiscooking said...

I think it's time I made spaghetti and meatballs again.

Marta said...

I think it's because when things are "simple" there's less room to hide imperfections, you know... it's like water: it's simple, but if there's anything wrong with it, you notice right away!
Great dish!!!
And yes, perfect omelet is elusive!

Sweta said...

An anytime fave that I seem to be getting right(thank God)!

burpandslurp said...

This is one comfort dish! And meatballs somehow taste better the next day!

pigpigscorner said...

I've only made meatballs once, I thought it's an easy recipe but I was wrong!

Padma said...

Spaghetti with meat balls looks great ... never tried it at home- yours look perfect and thanks for dropping by and leaving ur comments in my page :)

Creative Mish said...

You yum! This looks delish! Funny how you say that about Grandma's recipe. My Husbands grandma's are from Italy... and he has many recipe's from them... but he knows better and doctors them up a little :)

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

your comment about the depresseion made me laugh. its true though! recipes from back then are never very amazing.

I haven't had spaghetti and meatballs in ages. Huh. Might have to make that soon.

Jamie said...

I spent my whole youth eating my mom's spaghetti and meatballs - dry meatballs, greasy sauce. When I tasted my aunt's for the first time it was an Ahha moment: Ahha! This is what spaghetti and meatballs is supposed to taste like! But yours looks even better than hers! Secret?

Angie's Recipes said...

Everybody makes spaghetti, but not everyone can make a good spaghetti. Your spaghetti has 5-star restaurant look! Beautiful!

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TavoLini said...

Hey, my sauce is very similar to yours, with addition of honey and fresh oregano when its in the garden. Now I just need to make meatballs for Tavo.

Ken said...

Can I have one more meatball? Please!!!!

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