Homemade Fast Tomato Meat Sauce

I almost made this a Wayback Wednesday post, but I decided that 1) There is no “way back” time frame when I have been making this sauce regularly for years and 2) It deserves its own new recipe post versus sharing small edits.

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Pasta with Sausage and Peas

It isn’t a crazy idea to put ground sausage and pasta together, but sometimes it is nice to have a bit of a recipe to follow for inspiration. You can certainly play around with this idea a bit. I liked the rosemary and tomato paired with the sausage.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

These meatballs are great to make if you want to make a big batch like I did. You could halve the recipe and still have enough…but my family really likes meatballs so I prefer making a big batch all at once.

This was super easy and delicious. I did one baking dish with real cheese for most of us and a dairy-free cheese topping for the Chiplet in his batch.

 

I hope you try this!

Directions for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Adapted from How Sweet Eats

  • 2 pounds ground chicken thighs (I ground them in the food processor)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-2 cups grated cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, whatever you like)
  • Tomato sauce/spaghetti sauce/marinara sauce of your choice, about 1-2 jars worth
  • A few leaves of fresh basil

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish, or a similar size. You will also need a smaller one as well, such as an 8×8 inch baking dish.

In a large bowl (I used the food processor after grinding the chicken), combine the chicken, eggs, olive oil. garlic, Parmesan, panko, salt, and pepper. Roll the mixture into 1-inch thick meatballs.

Pour some of the tomato sauce into the bottom of the baking dishes, then place the meatballs in the sauce.

Pour more sauce on top until it is as saucy as you like. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top.

Bake the meatballs until cooked through, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle the basil on top and serve.

Directions for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs (without pictures)

Adapted from How Sweet Eats

  • 2 pounds ground chicken thighs (I ground them in the food processor)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-2 cups grated cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, whatever you like)
  • Tomato sauce/spaghetti sauce/marinara sauce of your choice, about 1-2 jars worth
  • A few leaves of fresh basil

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish, or a similar size. You will also need a smaller one as well, such as an 8×8 inch baking dish.

In a large bowl (I used the food processor after grinding the chicken), combine the chicken, eggs, olive oil. garlic, Parmesan, panko, salt, and pepper. Roll the mixture into 1-inch thick meatballs.

Pour some of the tomato sauce into the bottom of the baking dishes, then place the meatballs in the sauce. Pour more sauce on top until it is as saucy as you like. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top. Bake the meatballs until cooked through, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle the basil on top and serve.

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Modified Italian Wedding Soup

We had a super rainy and chilly January here and I was trying to make all of the comforting foods I could find. Soup is top of the list.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Homemade Farfalle Pasta

One weekend I randomly decided to try to make a different shape of pasta. No particular reason, just felt like making pasta. I am sharing it today in case you decide to make some pasta as a romantic gesture for Valentine’s Day.

I do want to state that I did not make the most beautiful farfalle, but it was a first attempt. And, I also feel it is okay because if it tastes okay and it took some effort, your special someone will probably still appreciate it.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Recent Successes

Lately I’ve been making lots of pasta dishes that I throw together in a skillet. It is an easy way to make some interesting flavors in a quick way, and I can pull out the food for the Chiplet before I add any dairy ingredients or any nuts. They have been hits for lunch, dinner, and in leftover form. For leftovers, I often add extra of an ingredient if I think we need more (like more vegetables or protein) and heat it up in a skillet. Adding a bit of oil or butter along with potentially some broth or extra seasoning helps make the leftovers seem fresh and new.

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Pizza Hut-Style Pan Crust Pizza

We might have found a winner. I have made it several times now and it has been a hit with all (well, 3 since Chiplet can’t do cheese) of us.

I’ve made good pizzas before but they are often super complicated and finicky.

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