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Last week I had one of those nights where I just didn’t know what to cook.

So, I threw together a bunch of ingredients and whipped up the most divine dinner.

It seriously knocked me off my socks.

Maybe because it has been years since I had this combo.

Or maybe because I’m just a damn good cook. 🤪

I also realized I needed to start using up some of my canned tomatoes from harvest last year.

But regardless, this is how it went.



  • 1 & 1/3 # ground beef (it is just what i had in my fridge, 1# would be fine)

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs (i used panko)

  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

  • 1/4 cup romano cheese (or parmesan)

pasta sauce

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, diced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1-2 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • Splash of water

  • 2 quarts canned tomatoes (i used my garden tomatoes - 2, 28oz cans will work too)


pasta sauce

  1. To a pot on medium heat, add olive oil and onions. Sauté for 3-5 minutes until fragrant and browned. Add garlic and spices for an additional 60 seconds.

  2. Add a splash of water to get all the bits of flavor off the pot from sautéing.

  3. Add tomatoes and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 45 minutes. (Keep your eye on it, you may need to add water - I did not.)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. To a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and combine using your hands.

  3. To a parchment lined baking sheet, add your meatballs. Use a cookie scoop to portion your balls making them uniform in size.

  4. Bake for 25 minutes.

  5. While your meatballs are cooking, bring a pot of water to a boil with some salt. Cook noodles according to package.

  6. Assemble your noodles, add the sauce + meatballs & top with cheese and fresh parsley.

  7. Serve and enjoy!!

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