Italian Meatballs 

This is an all time favorite in our house, and this recipe is full of memories. 

When my daughters were young there was a blackout across the whole eastern seaboard of North America. 

For some reason, where we lived did not loose power. And, this was the day that my good friend Carol was moving to town. 

Just as they signed the contract, the power went out. Their house was sold and they were all packed up with no where to go. Since the traffic lights were not working, traveling was difficult. The movers couldn’t move their stuff, and the situation was unnerving.

Carol asked if they could stay with us until the power came back and they could move the things.

Of course we said “yes” and we all had a marvelous time. I served these meatballs and Carol has thought of them fondly ever since. 

Later, when she was undergoing chemotherapy, they were a special request that I made for her and her family weekly.


Meat balls:

2 lbs ground meat

1 egg

1/3 cup oatmeal 

1/2 teaspoon oregano, basil, pepper, garlic, onion powder, salt

Optional: 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes


2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes 

1 6 oz can of tomato paste 

1 onion chopped 

3 cloves of garlic 

1/2 teaspoon oregano, basil, pepper, garlic, onion powder, 

1 teaspoon salt


Place all the ingredients for the sauce in a pot. I usually add the crushed garlic at the end.

Blend all ingredients for the meatballs together. Shape into balls and place in sauce.

In a pot, bring to a boil and then simmer until done.

Today I cooked the meatballs in a crockpot on low.  I adjusted the seasonings when I got home.

Here are the pictures:

The sauce:


Before cooking:
The final product:


Yaffa was very excited and ate 6!


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