Every now and then my husband and I like to make a big pasta dinner. We make enough to feed an army, have our servings (or 4) for dinner and then freeze for the rest for a few more easy dinners in the future.
Last week Dan made a really good fall pasta with an awesome pumpkin sauce and garlic bread. It was so easy and so delicious that we decided to make pasta again this weekend. I told him since he cooked last week I would cook this week. Usually we make something kind of different — like, not your typical pasta ingredients or sauces. So I decided to really shake things up and make a traditional pasta and meatballs.
However, traditional spaghetti and meatballs aren’t totally my thing so I changed things up a bit. First off I don’t care for spaghetti noodles so I used some curly, ridged shell shaped pasta I found at the general store at the apple orchard yesterday. It was a whole wheat flour, they were so filling but amazing.
For the sauce I used a pretty basic recipe. I sautéed garlic and a chopped onion in some olive oil then added a few cans of crushed tomatoes, a tablespoon of tomato paste and water, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. I cooked that until it boiled then reduced the heat and simmered for a few hours.
After I lowered the heat on the sauce I seared some meatballs I had made the day before. I just googled “best meatball recipe” and followed the directions for the first one that came up – it was from All Recipes. I seared them in Pam spray because that’s how I do. After a sear on all sides I dropped them in the pot of sauce to let them finish cooking. As I stirred I chopped up a few of the meatballs so the sauce would be a little chunky …with meat chunks. Because I like that.
After two hours of simmering I finished the sauce with a little scoop of Romano cheese and a splash of cream. Like I said…it wasn’t exactly “traditional” but I’m not very good at traditional. Next I cooked the pasta and dinner was ready!
It was so good and SO filling. We also topped it it with more grated cheese and a scoop of ricotta because cheese makes everything better. I could have served a bowl of just ricotta and we both would have been happy to be honest.
Needless to say we both fell asleep after dinner. But after being up early all weekend (him because that’s just how he lives and me because I had to work early mornings Saturday and Sunday) it was nice to relax, indulge and go to sleep before 9pm. While we spent the afternoon cooking we were binge watching the show “The Night Of” on HBO. It’s really good but, ugh it makes me so sad and so uncomfortable.
That was our Sunday afternoon/night and it was a perfect chill fall evening.