This is another recipe that I have worked on over and over trying to fine tune it the way I want it. I know there are a million spaghetti and meatball recipes out there but I wanted mine to be just that, mine.
When I was a kid my Dad and I both loved Italian food and Mexican food so much. My Dad used to say that if he had been born Italian or Mexican he would be (these are his words) “Two ax handles across”. We drove my mother crazy because we were huge carb junkies. Veggies smeggies give us pasta and we were happy!
Luckily I have learned to love veggies but my love for pasta is just as strong as it was when I was a kid. Growing up my Dad would always make his spaghetti with Ragu and then add some dry Italian spice mix to it along with maybe some salt and pepper. It wasn’t much but just that little bit of “doctoring” the recipe made it better and made it his own.
I continued along the same method into my adulthood, although I used Prego instead of Ragu. I guess switching brands made me feel like I was making it my own I am not sure. Then I started to get really fancy and mix two different sauces together. Ohhh WOW right? I know. But once I had my gastric bypass and really began this journey into really coming up with my own true recipes. Spaghetti and meatballs was high on my list.
Marinara sauce on its own is very healthy and if you want to make the meatballs lower calorie and healthier use ground turkey and turkey sausage. I will rotate how I make it at home to soothe the savage red meat beasts I have here. I can get away with turkey for awhile and then I can see in their faces that they need some red meat. Trust me I am using turkey more and more *wink* they are starting to not know the difference. Of course if Kevin is helping me cook I can’t exactly sneak turkey in on him.