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This is comfort food at its best.

Everyday Food, March 2005


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10 mins
45 mins


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  • In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Break up whole tomatoes with your hands, then add to pan along with crushed tomatoes. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, and cook until thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain.

  • Transfer 3 cups tomato sauce to a large skillet; bring to a simmer. Add Mini Meatballs; cover, and simmer until cooked through, about 10 minutes.

  • Transfer sauce and meatballs to a large bowl. Add pasta, and toss to combine. Serve immediately, sprinkled with cheese if desired.

Cook's Notes

The recipe makes more sauce than you'll need; freeze the extra in an airtight container. You can also make this dish with 3 cups of jarred sauce (skip step 1). When storing the meatballs in an airtight container, layer them between waxed or parchment paper. Then take out what you need for a particular recipe.