My son, bless him, is a wonderful guy and it makes me happy to do things that make him happy; but he hardly ever asks for anything special.
He asked for spaghetti with meatballs once before, and sadly I screwed up by over-spicing the meatballs. Well, he asked for it again tonight, and this time I was determined to get it right. Here’s what I did:
I put salt, pepper, garlic, breadcrumbs, and marjoram in the ground beef. I cooked them halfway in a cast iron skillet, then added a cup or so of water, covered and simmered. When they were almost done, I poured out the water, put in a can of crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, a tablespoon of sugar and a good glug glug of zinfandel.
Served over fettuccini actually, because it has better tooth. It was perfect.
Posted with great respect and affection for the Doper who one day years ago told me the perfect recipe for meatloaf. My entire family thanks you. (one bell pepper, one carrot, one onion.)