Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Easiest Spaghetti and Meatballs

This is the easiest ever Spaghetti and meatballs. Normally, I'm not a cheater when it comes to sauces like this. I usually start them early in the morning and cook it all day so that the flavors can make merriment in the crockpot and I get to enjoy it immensely at dinner. Unfortunately, that was not the case yesterday, but I have a long list of quick tricks that I use to make dinner in no time flat and it still tastes good. This is a pretty basic sauce and you can add vegetables and keep it vegetarian, or brown some hamburger and then add the rest of the ingredients, or, buy a Costco size bag of meatballs and throw some of those in for the ultimate cheater dinner. I am shameless. And no one in my house is starving.

Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 14oz cans Italian Style Diced Tomatoes
1 14oz can Tomato Sauce
1 teaspoon Taco Seasoning (the secret ingredient)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Frozen meatballs (I use 4 per person)

Over medium-high heat, saute garlic in olive oil (do not let it get too brown). Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Stir well, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Carefully add meatballs to the sauce, stir to coat and cover. Let simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Serve over spaghetti noodles with sourdough bread and a nice Cabernet (yum!). Serves 4.


  1. Taco seasoning?? Are you serious? Dare I try this? I messed up making spaghetti sauce the other day when I dumped chili powder in the crushed tomatos, and ended up making goulash out of it because I thought I'd ruined the Italian flair! Who'da thunk it?

  2. Do the meatballs need thawing first?

  3. Candace - you can never go wrong with chili powder. And yes, try the taco seasoning. I have lots of little tricky things like this!

    Helen, No thawing necessary. Throw those little buggers in there frozen and all. They'll be quite warm, tasty and ready to eat after they simmer.

  4. This sounds delicious and easy! A new one I will be trying! Can't believe taco seasoning would work, but I trust you Annie.