Mike's 5 Minute Meatballs & Marinara Sauce

30 minutes simmer time total is all this easy recipe takes. I tell ya, whoever said fast can t be fantastic was an idiot. Pfft! Nuts to that! My 8 year old student threw this delicious concoction together in five minutes flat then, ran outside to play. Granted, for time and common sense sake, Sammy did use all of our leftover – pre-chopped vegetables from Taco Night here in the O Brien Shire. As well as pre-fabed Italian Sausage Meatballs & Marinara Sauce. But, that didn t make her dish any less nom nom nummy! After all, I m all about the deliciously easy. But, what busy Cook, Chef or parent isn t?! All photos and directions below were posted by Sammy herself. Great work sweet baby girl! Your dish really was excellent! Remember, you don t have to slave hours upon hours for savory, hot, cheesy deliciousness!

  1. 2 (16 oz) Jars Of Your Favorite Marinara Sauce my student used wolfgang pucks
  2. 16 oz Italian Sausage Pre-fabed Meatballs
  3. 1 (14 Can) Diced Tomatoes
  4. 14 ozs Artichoke Hearts rough chopped
  5. 1 LG Fresh Beefeater Tomato chopped
  6. 2 tbsp Fresh Basil chopped
  7. 1 Medium Viadailla Onion chopped
  8. 1/2 Cup Green Bell Pepper chopped
  9. 1/2 Cup Red Onions chopped
  10. 6 Cloves Fresh Garlic left whole
  11. 1/2 Cup Fresh Celery chopped
  12. 1/4 Cup Shreaded Parmasean Cheese reserves for garnish
  13. as needed Mozzarella Cheese for garnish
  14. to taste Salt And Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  15. 1/2 Cup Water Or Beef Stock
  16. 1/2 tsp Oregeno crushed
  17. 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
  18. 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  19. 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar optional – depending upon your marinara sauce choice
  20. 1/3 Cup Quality Burgundy optional
  21. Tabasco Sauce garnish
  22. as needed Pre-fabed Garlic Butter for bread amp noodles
  23. as needed Fresh French Bread 2 quot Slices
  24. as needed Thin Spaghetti Noodles
  25. 1/4 tsp Baking Soda added to simmering sauce to reduce any acidity from tomatoes
  1. Heat oven to 350°
  2. Change Heres all youll need Sugar Burgundy and Mozzarella not pictured since theyre all optional
  3. Change Uncooked Marinara Sauce
  4. Change Add beef broth and quality Burgundy to your Marinara to thin it a bit While baking meatballs simmer your sauce They should take the same amount of time to cook
  5. Change Uncooked Italian meatballs – hand rolled on tinfoil
  6. Change Fully baked meatballs at 350° for 30 minutes
  7. Change Start your noodle boil 15 minutes into your marinara simmer Boil your noodles with a dash of salt and a dash olive oil and boil as per manufactures directions Usually only 9 minutes
  8. Change Drained noodles with garlic butter or olive oil mixed in Tonight was garlic butter Its a great way to keep them fresh and toothy!
  9. Change Toast your 2 thick sliced French bread at 350° butter side down in the last 5 minutes of your meatball bake Youll want the outside of your bread crispy and the inside fluffy and absorbent to soak up your delicious Marinara Sauce
  10. Change Place garlic butter coated noodles in bowl Add sauce and meatballs and garnish with Parmasean Cheese Mozzarella Cheese and Tabasco Sauce here in new mexico we tend to put tabasco on everything!
  11. Change These really do make great next day work or school lunches!
  12. Change Serve with thick slices of garlic french bread Enjoy!

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