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Variety is the spice of life, so even though we may have favorite meals that are my go-to recipes for my family, the truth is sometimes they want something new. And my family has no problem telling me when something they used to love is gracing the dinner table too many times.
I aim to please, and I like to change it up too, so when I meal plan now, I’ve been rotating some new dishes onto the weekly menu, and a new family favorite is the classic recipe from Ragú®, Mama’s Best Ever Spaghetti & Meatballs. Ragú® is recognizing and celebrating everything that makes family mealtime Saucesome. From unique recipes to silly moments to crazy weeknights…it’s all Saucesome with the delicious help of Ragú® Sauce.
My boys love spaghetti and any long, slurpable pastas, and my husband loves pasta with meat, so I figured this easy to make recipe with only 7 ingredients would be the new Saucesome crowd pleaser.
Here is our family-made creation of Ragú®’s Mama’s Best Ever Spaghetti & Meatballs, the classic Italian-American dish that can be as simple or fancy as you want it to be, and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Since easy and delicious is the name of the game when it comes to Ragú® classic recipes for families to enjoy, I used what I had in my pantry already (linguine) so we made a cheesy version of the tasty Ragú® classic with linguine.
Mama’s Best Ever Linguine & Meatballs
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 jar (24 oz.) Ragú® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion Sauce
3 tbs capers
12 ounces linguine, cooked and drained
1. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, grated cheese, eggs, and 1/2 cup Sauce in medium bowl and mix together. Shape into 1 inch balls.
2. Bring remaining jar of Sauce to a boil over medium heat in a skillet and add in capers. Gently stir in the meatballs, turning to brown on all sides, then reduce heat to low until sauce is simmering, and cover. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are done.
3. Bring a pot of water to boiling, and add in a splash of olive oil (about 1 tablespoon) and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Add linguine and cook to al dente.
4. Serve pasta topped with meatballs and sauce.
Lately, my sons have wanted to help out in the kitchen, and I love including them. Whether it’s something simple like letting them stir, or more recently, teaching them to make scrambled eggs, it’s a wonderful way for us to spend time together that I hope they always remember. We had fun making this dish together, with my sons cracking eggs (somewhat successfully) and helping me shape the meatballs. I know I’ll always remember these times together. It’s #Saucesome 😉
Ragú® Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion Sauce has a delicious taste your whole family will love, and will make your meatballs amazing!