baked meatball and spaghetti !!!



About 18 pre-cooked meatballs (I used homemade ones)

24 oz jar of marinara sauce (I opted for San Marzano Sauce)

1/2 yellow onion, diced

3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tsp of Italian seasoning

2 TBSP of olive oil

3/4 # of spaghetti noodles

1-2 cups of grated cheese (I used a combination of colby-jack and mozzarella)

1/2 cup of grated parmesan


In a large cast-iron skillet, sauté onions in olive oil over medium to low heat. Incorporate garlic and continue sautéing until onions are tender.

Add the cooked meatballs.

Introduce the marinara sauce and a teaspoon of Italian seasoning.

Simmer over medium to low heat for about 20-30 minutes.

In a separate large pot, prepare spaghetti noodles according to the package directions (undercooking by two minutes).

Using a large slotted spoon, extract meatballs from the sauce and set aside.

Transfer cooked spaghetti (using a large slotted spoon) into the marinara sauce. Add about half a cup of the pasta cooking water. Gently stir until the pasta is thoroughly coated with the sauce.

Place the cooked meatballs atop the spaghetti.

Sprinkle with the grated cheeses - both colby-jack/mozzarella mix and parmesan.

Bake at 350* for approximately 20-30 minutes, or until it's heated through, bubbling, and the cheese has melted to perfection.