Home made meat balls, home made roasted tomato and garlic pasta sauce, AND home made spaghetti? There can be nothing better than that!!! This isn’t a meal that is super quick to make… But when you ARE prepping this meal, you can easily have it again by doubling your workload for a few hours.. You can freeze/can the pasta sauce, freeze the meat balls, and freeze the pasta for a month! When you are freezing the meat balls, I like to place them on a tray and place them in the freezer so they freeze individually. That way when you put them in a bag, they don’t all stick together. You can take out as many as you need. Yummy! I also will not be including my pasta recipe in this section as I have tried many different ways to prepare it.. and I unfortunately forgot/didn’t write this one down. Oops!!!
-1lb ground turkey
-1 egg yolk
-1c panko bread crumbs
-1/2 tbsp each of thyme, onion powder, red pepper flakes,rosemary, salt and pepper
-1/2c shredded mozzarella cheese
-20 bite size cubes of jalapeño havarti cheese (1/2″x1/2″)
-5 cloves garlic, grated or minced
-1 bulb of garlic, top cut off so the cloves are exposed
-1c cherry tomatoes
-2 large beefsteak tomatoes, quartered
-1/2 of a large red onion, quarterd
-salt and pepper
-1 bay leaf dried or fresh
-1c chicken stock
For the sauce- Place all ingredients on a silicone lined baking sheet. drizzle with EVOO, season with salt and pepper. Do NOT add the bay leaf. Preheat your oven to 400. Roast the veggies until they are nice and roasty! About 25 minutes or so. The skins on your tomatoes should be nice and wrinkly. Just the way I like it! (ha!)
Once the veggies are roasted, place all of them into a blender. Note- the garlic should just squish out of it’s skin. Add 1c of chicken stock – blend until some what smooth. Place in a pot over a simmering heat, add your bay leaf, and let it simmer.
For the meatballs- preheat oven to 350. in a large bowl combine all ingredients, except for the bite sized cubes of havarti. Form the mixture in to 20 medium balls. Take the cheese cube, place in the middle of the meat ball and push it in while forming the meat ball around the cheese. Roll until smooth.
In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add EVOO. Add your meatballs. brown on all sides (awkward considering they are round, but you get the jist.)
Place on a pan. Put in the oven for 20 minutes, or until cooked the whole way through.
Serve with your favourite spaghetti!