Monday, April 27, 2009

You Can Cook: Spaghetti and Meatballs

Difficulty: *

This recipe makes use of a crockpot - one of the easiest ways to cook! If you don't have one, see the tips section.

Ingredients:
1 pound Ground Beef or Turkey
1 large Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
2 (1 pound) cans whole Tomatoes, chopped
1 (8 ounces) can Tomato Sauce
1 (12 ounce) can Tomato Paste
1 cup Beef Broth
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
cooked spaghetti, noodles, or other pasta

Preparation:
1. Break up ground beef with a fork and put into crockpot.
2. Peel away the outer layer of the onion and then using a paring knife slice it into tiny pieces. Add to crockpot.
3. Peel away the outer layer on the garlic and then cut away one clove. Slice into pieces then crush with the flat edge of your knife. Add to crockpot.
4. Break away a portion of your fresh parsley and dice it into small pieces with your knife. Add to the crockpot.
5. Open the can of whole Tomatoes and using your knife, cut into small pieces. Add to crockpot.
6. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, beef broth, brown sugar, oregano leaves, basil leaves, salt and pepper.
7. Stir and then cover. Cook on Low for 6-8 hours. Cook on High for 3-4 hours.

How to make spaghetti, noodles, or other pasta.
1. Take a 6 qt. covered stockpot and fill 2/3 with water. Put on the stove with burner on high until it boils.
2. Turn down the burner and add appropriate servings of pasta. For spaghetti, a quarter size portion will serve one person. Other noodles, see the package for directions.
3. Boil for 7-8 minutes until pasta is soft. Stir frequently to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
4. Drain the water off. Pasta is ready to be put on the plates with the spaghetti sauce spooned over the top.

Tips:
If you don't have a crockpot, you can use a 6-qt. covered stockpot. Cook on medium-low heat, stir frequently. 3-4 hours.
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