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Spaghetti & Meatballs baked in Basil Tomato Sauce

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

BASIL TOMATO SAUCE
  • 680ml (23 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, whole
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
MEATBALLS
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
OTHERS
  • Spaghetti
  • 4 Provolone slices
  • Chopped parsley (garnish)
  • Parmesan (garnish)

Instructions

SAUCE
  1. In a medium saucepan, over low heat, combine all ingredients.
  2. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes. The sauce will reduce, thickening and darkening in color.
  3. Remove the basil and bay leaves.
MEATBALLS
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Whisk together the egg, onion, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic. Then, add the ground beef and bread crumbs and mix together with your hands.
  3. Form 2 tablespoon meatballs and place in a glass dish. Pour the prepared sauce over top, covering each meatball.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, then add provolone slices and bake for another 5 minutes.
SPAGHETTI
  1. While the meatballs are baking, cook your spaghetti according to package directions
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