Spaghetti with Meatballs

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					Spaghetti with Meatballs
Source: Amanda Teicher
Yield: About 8 servings

Ingredients                                  reaches a simmer, add plenty of salt.
SPAGHETTI AND SAUCE                          This will flavor the spaghetti. When the
1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti                water reaches a boil, add the spaghetti
2 jars store-bought spaghetti sauce          and cook for about 10 minutes, without
2 cups orange puree (separate recipe)        a lid, over medium heat until the
     or a puree of well-cooked               spaghetti is cooked. Drain in a colander
     vegetables: zucchini, onion, red bell   and toss with a light drizzle of oil.
     pepper, or others
Optional: tomato paste                       SAUCE: While the spaghetti water is
                                             heating, heat the spaghetti sauce over
Salt
Brown sugar                                  medium heat and add the vegetable
                                             puree. If the sauce loses its red color
Red wine vinegar
Parmesan cheese                              because of the hidden vegetables, you
                                             can add tomato paste and water to
MEATBALLS                                    restore the color. When it is hot, taste it
3 pounds ground beef or turkey               and add salt, red wine vinegar, and
1 10-ounce box chopped frozen                brown sugar to achieve a balance of
     spinach, thawed                         sweet, salty, and sour flavors.
3 eggs
1 cup parmesan cheese                        Arrange spaghetti on a plate, pour
1-3 cups vegetable puree, if desired         sauce over it, and place meatballs
Salt and pepper                              artfully on top. Serve with parmesan
1 teaspoon dried thyme                       cheese, if desired.
1 teaspoon dried oregano                     Notes
2 teaspoons dried basil                      If storing leftovers, keep the sauce and the
                                             spaghetti in separate containers. Some picky
Equipment                                    eaters won’t tolerate visible spinach in their
Food Processor                               meatballs. If that’s the case, omit the spinach
                                             or add it to the vegetable puree.
Instructions
MEATBALLS: Preheat oven to 350               If you prefer not to bother with vegetable
degrees F. Combine all ingredients, add      purees, The Sneaky Chef recommends
milk or vegetable puree if the meatball      adding -- get this -- baby food to your
                                             dishes. It's nutritious, and pretty much the
mixture is too dry. Form golf-ball size
                                             same as homemade puree. Beech Nut is the
meatballs, arrange on greased sheet          recommended brand. So you could add, for
pans, and bake for 35-45 minutes.            example, four jars of carrots and peas to
                                             spaghetti sauce, and you'd be, um, babying
SPAGHETTI: Fill a large pot with water       your picky eater. Just don't tell.
and heat it over high heat. When it
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