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Are you looking for a recipe that your kids will like, but that is also nutritious? This homemade spaghetti sauce is fresh, delicious, a little bit sweet (which your kids will love), and features homemade meatballs that add a perfect amount of protein for a complete meal.
My two little boys are a little bit picky when it comes to vegetables – especially the youngest one. They will eat fruit all day long and will even choose that over snacks sometimes, which I am happy about, but when it comes to vegetables, they don’t want to eat any! There have been times when they have tried carrots, potatoes, or broccoli, but they are few and far between. That is why I have had to find ways to “hide” the vegetables in their daily meals so that they are getting the necessary nutrientes.
What makes it a little bit easier is that they both love pasta, and if it has meat in it, they absolutely devour it. In the past they have asked for the pasta without sauce, until they tried this one which has quickly become their favorite and which makes me one happy mommy! The best part about this recipe is that you can switch out these vegetables for whatever you prefer or whatever you have in your refrigerator. You can even use this sauce later for lasagna!
The perfect mate for this sauce and are these delicious meatballs, made with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. These go great with spaghetti, but they are also delicious on their own!
For these meatballs, you will need 1 pound of ground beef, 5 slices of white bread (slightly stale), diced onion, garlic, parsley, and one egg. Start by dipping the bread in water and then removing the excess water. Next combine it with the ground beef, the egg, the Parmesan cheese, the onions, garlic, and the chopped parsley. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.
Mix everything together and form meatballs in the size and shape of your choice. Then bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, or until they are cooked through and browned. Finally, add to the spaghetti sauce, and let them cook together for 10-15 minutes.
Let me know in the comments section how this turned out for you or what changes you made!