Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What I Made for Dinner: March 21, 2009

Mozzarella-stuffed meatballs, ravioli with quick tomato sauce, sauteed broccoli.

Making dinner on the weekends is interesting sometimes. We've been watching basketball all weekend in combination with laundry and running errands and getting ready to go out of town. It was one of those days when I look up and it's 5:00 and whoops, no plan for dinner. Sometimes we get takeout on nights like these, but (a) we're going away tomorrow and will be eating out for the next few days; and (b) we enrolled the kids in camp yesterday and unexpectedly needed the plumber today, so I didn't want to spend money on dinner.

It is amazing what you can come up with in a hurry. The ravioli came from Costco, so no big deal there. For nights like this, I have a very fast tomato sauce in my kit bag: Olive oil, a can of diced tomatoes, onion and garlic powder, dried basil and oregano, a little wine. Simmer until it smells good, about 20 minutes or less, and finish with a tablespoon of butter.

But the meatballs! These were the suggestion of Holly, who generously put the recipe on her Facebook page. I have never made baked meatballs before because I'm used to the simmer method. These were simple to make and completely delicious. Took about thirty minutes from beginning to end, not counting defrosting the ground beef in the microwave. They're going in the rotation. Thanks, Holly!

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