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Garlic, Cheese, Meatball and Spaghetti With French Bread
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
This is a loud flavorful meatball I made being lazy not wanting to make 20 and only had to ball up 4. The gravy is very uncomplicated and I’m not sure if it’s a “thing”. It has one flavor which is the tomato. You may want to speed up the process with your favorite jar of gravy. I’ll write up my 8 hour gravy one day.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Meatball Parts
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 bag grated parmigiano cheese
  • 1 mozzarella cheese 1 - 1/12 inch cubes
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 thin sliced cloves garlic crushed works too
  • ¼ cup chopped basil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • ½ tbsp pepper
Gravy Parts
  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 1 box angel hair pasta
  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ tbsp chopped parsley
Make a Meatball
  1. In a large bowl add all of the “Meatball Parts”.
  2. Mix well with hands. When making hamburgers you mix less with these meatballs you mix to where the mixture is almost pasty.
  3. Make your meatballs with hands about the size of a softball. Feel free to make much smaller balls, this mixture will net 20-25 smaller balls.
  4. Push cube of mozzarella into center of meatball.
  5. Place a rack on a cookie sheet then meatballs on top of rack.
  6. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour. Cheese will be oozing out when done like in image.
Orchestrate The Gravy
  1. In a pot big enough to house your tomatoes, boil water in it. About 4 cups of water plus tomatoes.
  2. Carefully drop tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute.
  3. Carefully drain water.
  4. Using same pot on medium high heat drop in olive oil then tomatoes and salt.
  5. Break up and mix around pot until there is no tomatoes shapes.
  6. Pour in 1 cup of water and simmer for 46 minutes continuing to smash/stir.
Build The Plate
  1. Boil pasta according to your box.
  2. Cut french bread in 4” pieces then cut long way in half.
  3. Butter both sides of bread and a dash of salt.
  4. Broil in oven for about 5 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Plate and stack pasta, gravy, meatball, parmigiano, and a shot of Smoked hot sauce

  6. Drop in the french bread and confetti with parsley.
  7. Mangia! Mangia!


About The Recipes:

Hay yall! Don’t be afraid to adjust ingredients to your taste. None of these recipes came from a written measured recipe. They are made and noted on the fly. If you don't have any Texas Butter I guess we'll overlook it if you use what's in your pantry. Be sure to ask how something turned out or you have questions. Expect grammar errors, these are not checked much. Well, in general I can't spell worth a crap. Will hashtag recipes that match a search here and the same hashtag in the Instagram's image comments. Hashtags will look something like #txbut001. In a nut shell these are made for:

  • Product testing
  • Requested site feature
  • Speed and cost matter
  • We eat our own dog food
  • Ideas for products
  • Shawn gots hungry
  • Couple three birds, one stone...

Thanks - Shawn


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