Monday, August 20, 2012

Well, as of today, the school year is in full swing for me! My daughter is away a college -- a Freshman -- sniffle -- and my son is a Freshman in high school. School, homework and tons of after-school activiites can make all of our lives so crazy, busy so here is a simple dish I want to share with you :) As I said before, some times it is really okay to use some sauce out of a jar and a frozen meatball...hehe! Just add some fresh ingredients to it, and you'll have a wonderful home-cooked meal for your family instead of take-out or fast food. Hope you enjoy this one!


While I love cooking homemade sauce and hand-rolled meatballs, sometimes we just don’t have the time.  This is a great, quick recipe to feed your family J

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced

1 28-ounce can or box of crushed tomatoes

1 tablespoon vinegar

½ cup dry red wine

2 tablespoons white sugar

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon each of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning

4 jars of spaghetti sauce ( I use Bertoli)

1 bag of Italian-style frozen meatballs

Taste sauce and add more seasonings to your liking if desired

In a large pot, cook the onion in the olive oil for 4 to 5 minutes then add the garlic.  Add the can of tomatoes and the next 4 ingredients.  Add the seasonings and stir well.  Now add the jars of sauce and the frozen meatballs.  Simmer for at least 30 minutes or until meatballs are heated through.  The longer it simmers on real low heat, the better!  Serve with your favorite style of pasta.

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