Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Tornado is Coming, Let's Eat Spaghetti

The skies began to look formidable.


You could feel it in the air. The birds became silent. The weather channel was lit up in yellows, reds and even scarier....purples!

Teddy paced the floor.


Phewww....it just missed us but the storms that followed were nasty.


The day looked pretty much like this, so I made spaghetti. What else was there to do? I had been wanting to try a new recipe and I am very glad I did. This is my new favorite recipe. At least until I find the next one.


First you make the meatballs. And oh my....if these are not the best meatballs in the entire world I do not know what is!

2 1/2 # ground beef
3 eggs
1/3 cup instant cream of wheat (dry)
3/4 shredded cheese (mozzarella, provolone, etc. I used asiago )
2 tsp. lemon juice
3 garlic cloves minced fine
1 tsp. oregano
2 T. Italian spice mix
salt & pepper to taste

Mix this all together and allow to sit refrigerated for at least 30 minutes to blend flavors. Form into 1 inch balls and place on a greased cookies sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Try one to see if it's done. Then eat about ten of them because no one will notice. This recipe makes about 70 meatballs.




While the meatballs are baking melt a stick of butter in a heavy saucepan and add 1 large chopped onion. Sprinkle this with several T. of onion powder and saute just until softened. Add 3 large cans of crushed tomatoes. Stir to combine then add all of the meatballs with their juices. Stir to blend.


Cook 2 # linguine in salted water, drain and return to the pan and mix with 4 T. butter to coat noodles. It sounds like lots of butter but it is a large recipe.


Mix the sauce and meatballs and toss to coat. Mangia! My daughter and her boyfriend fought over the last meatball. That says a lot because he is an extremely picky eater and she hates ground beef.

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17 comments:

Autumnforest said...

Glad ya'all didn't blow away to Oz! I've been through a few tornadoes and the birds do go quiet, the sky usually turns green. You feel the barometer drop in your body in this weird way that's probably where the term "sinking feeling" came from. Spaghetti is the best diversion! Yum!

Mr.Macabre said...

That's what I'm talkin' bout! I could live on meatballs! These sound wonderful although I would probably add more butter (just call me Paula Deen)!
Strange, several years ago I was making spaghetti and without warning, a tornado went within 50 yards of me...those things are HUGE and LOUD and it was only an F2! I, of course, rushed outside and stood in the middle of the street gawking at it and yes, at the time I lived in a mobile home. It was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time...and STUPID!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Looks very delicious, but we sweeds are very conservative when it comes to meat balls :-) :-) We sort of looks down on the danes for not making them like we do :-) :-) :-)

I´m glad the tornado missed You!! Tornado´s or as we call them, Tromber, are very rare over here. If we do get one they usually are rather weak. Some roofs on barns may fly away and some caravans too. But for us that´s enormous :-)
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Zoey and Me said...

Italian Spice? What's that?

Pricilla said...

I'd have been cowering in the basement.
I don't do tornadoes.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Ok...I am making this one tomorrow night for sure! I can't wait. This looks and sounds fantastic!

I do love storms but your sound much more serious than I am used to.

When I lived in Florida we experienced terrific storms. Electric stikes would hit the ground..and travel. People died every single year by lightening.
Still...I do love storms!

Thanks for the recipe. You do have some wonderful sounding ones..

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

A delicious way to pass the time, that is sure! :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The fight over the last meatball -- what a compliment to the chef!

Sharlene T. said...

A really 'smart' cook would have kept the last meatball in the kitchen...if only for strength to do the dishes...if you get my drift...

the wild magnolia said...

You are such a hoot Mama Jaz! A tornado is coming, lets make spaghetti!

So glad ya'll are safe.

This recipe is very easy and therefore has my name on it. Tomorrow I will shop for the ingredients and cook us Jaz's "Tornado Spaghetti". That'll work.

We are having our own thunder storm as I speak. No tornado's. Charley the Beagle is hiding, he hates thunder.

Lemon yellow candles, prepared with
patchouli and sandlewood, are burning brightly in the emerald green~green~green baby dishes. :))

Happy Day!

xoxo to Teddy Red Fluffs!

CathyH said...

Yum..I'm going to make those meatballs. thanks!
I wrote and never did hear from the cabinet company to send me that coupon, argh.

Teresa said...

Glad the tornado missed you. For some reason I usually end up in the barn during those storms. Usually because someone is acting like they are going to have babies.

Nydia said...

I'm happy you're safe! We never had a tornado here.. If it was harmless, I would love to watch one! Love Nature'sfurious attitudes...


Kisses from us.

Gracie said...

Thank you a million for sharing your spaghetti recipe, it looks delicious and am looking forward to trying it!

LisaDay said...

Tornadoes terrify me. I would have been in the basement crying. The recipe results look delicious.

LisaDay

Bridgett said...

So glad you're safe, warm, and dry!

And I must try those meatballs. Yummo.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Ha, ha...love the title to this post! I'm going to try the meatball recipe for sure!
Glad the tornado missed you guys....