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Pork Meatballs and Marinara

Spaghetti with Pork Meatballs and Marinara Wine Sauce

A delicious dinner any night of the week.
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Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Marinara Wine Sauce:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup white wine Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or Unoaked Chardonnay
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes or more if you prefer more heat
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

For the Pasta:

  • 2 servings uncooked spaghetti pasta
  • Water for cooking the pasta
  • 2 teaspoons salt for the boiling water

Instructions

For the Meatballs:

  • In a medium size bowl add the ground pork, granulated garlic, black pepper, salt, dried oregano and dried thyme.  Mix together.   
  • Roll the ground pork mixture into balls that are a little bit smaller than a golf ball. 
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil. 
  • To the skillet, add the meatballs.  As they cook, keep turning them so that each side will brown.
  • Once each side has browned (about 8 minutes), cover the pan with a lid and turn the heat down to low. 
  • Continue cooking for until the meatballs are completely cooked through (about another 5 to 7 minutes).
  • Transfer the meatballs from the skillet onto a plate while making the sauce. Leave any remaining remnants from the meatballs in the skillet.

For the Sauce:

  • In the same skillet add the white wine.  Heat the skillet on medium heat and continue to stir as the wine reduces (about 5 minutes)
  • Then to the skillet, add tomato sauce, dried basil, dried thyme, hot red pepper flakes (add a bit more if you prefer more heat), and the salt.  Stir.
  • Turn the heat down to low and let the sauce simmer (stirring occasionally) while cooking the pasta. 

For the Spaghetti Pasta:

  • In a medium size pot, add hot water and salt. Heat the pot on medium heat and bring to a boil.
  • Cook the pasta until its al-dente (according to package instructions). Drain the pasta (don’t rinse the pasta) and set aside.
    Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.
  • For Serving - To serving dishes, add the spaghetti pasta.  Cut the meatballs in half and add them on top and on the sides of the pasta (cut-sides down)
  • Then pour warm marinara wine sauce and top with parmesan cheese.  Serve while warm.

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Notes

TIP:

Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.