Spaghetti and Meatballs

“Whenever I take Andi back home to Vermont, we have a bucket list to complete: Visit the Ben and Jerry’s Factory, have a spinach and bacon pizza from Positive Pie in Montpelier (our first date), enjoy a Long Trail Brewery Blackberry Wheat, and have my stepmother’s spaghetti and meatballs. Her near-baseball size meatballs are a desired staple for any family get together or potluck, but it is a recipe that she refuses to give up. I can still hear her scolding my father as he attempts to steal one before us kids are allowed make our plates. I’ve taken inspiration from the taste of those delectable morsels of meat and lightened it up a bit by replacing ground beef and veal with ground turkey and turkey sausage. This will easily make four servings. For a wine pairing we went with a deep, full bodied Rioja, but a Cabernet Sauvignon or rich Margot would also be nice!” – Joe

  • 1 pound of Ground Turkey
  • 1 pound of Turkey Sausage
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 medium Shallots – minced
  • 3 cloves of Garlic – minced
  • 2 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Slap ya Momma Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Jar of Organic Tomato Sauce (We use Bertolli’s Organic Tomato Sauce.)
  • 1 quarter Bag of Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  1. Combine everything for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Heat up a sauté pan (use one that has an accompanying lid).
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 350*f.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and heat on medium high.
  5. Form the meatballs into a slightly large golf ball size and place in the sauté pan to brown.
  6. Get a nice brown on three side of the meatball, rotating with a large spoon.
  7. Once the meatballs are seared, pour in the sauce, and bring to a simmer.
  8. Cover the pan and place in the oven.
  9. Cook for 25 minutes.
  10. While the meatballs are in the oven, cook spaghetti noodles in a medium sized sauce pot in salted water, per the brand instructions.
  11. Drain the pasta and toss with olive oil.
  12. Combine pasta and meatballs.

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