On Top of Spaghetti

On a recent trip to the library, Noah found this book that he wanted to check out:

In addition to an amusing little storyline, it contains that funny song that daddy and I remembered from our childhoods.

Noah read the book during naptime the first day we had it, and came out after naptime to show me the back cover:

"Can we make this, Mama - please???"

How could I say "no" to that?!?

Especially when the request came from this precious face.

And that precious face sure did make a handsome chef!

Playing with raw eggs and venison (our recipe modification) is not my idea of fun...

...but it made that Handsome chef smile...so it was worth it.

I didn't realize it until later (too late) that this was the only picture I snapped of the meatballs after they were formed.

They disappeared too fast...yes, we liked them!

And we did make the tomato sauce also, and again, I totally flaked on taking pictures. It too, was very good. Noah said "Let's never buy spaghetti sauce again...we should always make it. It's healthier and cheaper!"

I agree...but, OH, it's so much easier to buy sauce! I didn't make any promises on that...

Yodeler's recipe for Spaghetti and Meatballs

Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes (I used a quart of the tomatoes that we put up during the summer)
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (I used dried)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Heat oil in medium-sized saucepan. Add onions and cook 5 minutes on medium heat. Add garlic and parsley. Stir 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, and simmer on medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

1 lb ground beef (or venison, if you're lucky enough to have a freezer full of it...I don't ever have to buy ground beef)
2 eggs
1/2 cup bread crumbs
4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (or dried)
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp oil
Mix all ingredients except oil. Form into golf ball-sized balls. Heat oil in frying pan. Brown meatballs in pan over medium heat, then drop into simmering tomato sauce and cook for 20 minutes. Serve over a mountain of spaghetti. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Follow directions on a box of spaghetti


  1. We have that book, but we haven't braved the recipe. Maybe we should.

  2. Awesome! I love turning books into activities. Also, I love the binding times of cooking with my kids. Great job and thanks for the recipe. We'll also have to see if our library has that book :)



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