How do you get your kids to eat “gourmet” meatballs smothered with prosciutto rich tomato sauce?  By recreating an old-time favorite, Chef Boyardee SpaghettiOs.

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I had originally made this dish a couple years ago, but never wrote down the recipe.  I have received a few emails asking for it so I decided it was time to make it for the MEM Big Special Weekend.   I use the meatball recipe also for hamburgers and Max tells me it is the best hamburger he has ever eaten, and he is a super picky kid.  Your kids will love the circle pasta and the tiny meatballs.  Sure to be a hit with even your pickiest eater!

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For dessert we made Pizookie.  I had never heard of a Pizookie until I read a post over at Diane & Todd’s site, White on Rice Couple.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it for the kids.  All day I told them about the surprise dessert the Pizookie, we liked saying it, we would be having, never letting on what it was.  They were so happy when I handed each of them a big deep dish, warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookie with vanilla bean ice cream.  The only complaint was, that they wanted it served with chocolate next time and maybe a little chocolate sauce, too!

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SpaghettiOs

Ingredients:

Sauce

  • 1/8 lb prosciutto
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 14 oz cans tomato sauce + 1 can water or red wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup basil, roughly chopped
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. anelleth pasta, found at trader joes
  • parmesan cheese for serving

How To:

  1. Heat olive oil in a deep saucepan.
  2. Process prosciutto, garlic and onion in a food processor until finely minced.
  3. Slowly cook in olive oil until caramelized, about 15 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato sauce and water.
  5. Stir in red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper.  Lower heat and simmer for about an hour.  The longer you cook the more intense the flavor.
  6. Before serving stir in basil and the meatballs.

Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 lb ground beef, we prefer grass-fed
  • 1/4 lb ground pork
  • 1/4 yellow onion, finely minced, I use a food processor
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper

How To:

  1. Mix everything together with hands.
  2. Form into tiny meatballs.  If you have kids, they will love doing this.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the meatballs on it.  B
  4. bake at 425 for about 15 – 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are cooked to your liking.
  5. Before serving gently toss with the sauce.
  6. While meatballs are cooking, cook pasta according to directions.
  7. To serve:  Drain pasta well.  Toss with sauce and meatballs.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  8. Serve.
  9. Eat.
  10. Recipe:  Pizookie

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