Spaghetti with Smoke Flavored Meatballs


Home from work, tired, but you need to put out a great dinner for the family or friends.  Try my super easy step by step recipe for spaghetti with smoke flavored meatballs. All you need is some liquid smoke. If you don’t have any liquid smoke get some next time you’re at the grocery store, it lasts forever in the refrigerator.


Recipe serves 4.



Parmesan cheese


1 lb. ground beef

1 tsp basil

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp fennel seed

2 tsp Parmesan cheese

2 cloves garlic – diced

1 tsp liquid smoke

salt and pepper – dash  


1 – 15oz.  can diced tomatoes

1 – 15 oz can tomato sauce

¼  onion – diced

¼  green bell pepper – diced

¼ C fresh basil – chopped

2 cloves garlic

1 ½ tsp oregano (dried)

¼ tsp red chili pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste


Add to a large bowl the ground beef and all meatball ingredients.  Mix ingredients together by to hand to assure the spices are evenly distributed. Form mixture into 8 meatballs.  

Heat one tsp olive oil in a large fry pan and then cook meatballs at medium high heat for 14 minutes, turning the meatballs often to brown on all sides.  Remove cooked meatballs from pan, and cover them with aluminum foil.

Saute onions in small amount of olive oil.

To a large sauce pot add the onions and other sauce ingredients.  Bring to light boil and reduce heat to simmer and cover. The sauce will simmer while you prepare the spaghetti.

Boil water and prepare spaghetti as directed on the package.   

Plate sauce, top with spaghetti and meatballs. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Add garnish of fresh basil, and it’s dinner time.


Couple of weeks ago we went to a Lakers game.  Then there was a Bats mitzvah. The next weekend was a great trip to San Francisco to see my daughter. Every weekend for darn near a month was cool. But last weekend was awesome. What did we do? Absolutely nothing. I think I can recite the entire weekend in one sentence.  Friday pizza and movie, followed by beach walk on Saturday, and son’s lacrosse game Sunday.

Don’t know about you, but seems like we are always in a hurry to get some where or do something. Sometimes its work related sometimes its fun related. But either way its in a hurry. So from time to time there is something wonderful about doing nothing.  Just hanging with the family around the hood and enjoying time together. 

Yeah, just hanging, doing nothing, relaxing.  Yup here it is Tuesday already and still calm. Tuesday? Oh oh, Mother’s Day is this weekend!  Gotta go, need cards, need flowers, need presents, neeeeeeeeeed everything for this weekend!  I’m back in go go mode. Talk to you later.

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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