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Out of all the meals I cooked while on our annual houseboat vacation at Lake Ouachita, my kids declared these meatballs, served with pasta and a light, summery tomato sauce to be their favorite.

the peaceful lake

the peaceful lake










spaghetti with meatballs


1 onion, finely chopped

1 egg

2 tablespoons grated parmesan

1 tablespoon milk

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 pound ground beef


4 to 5 tomatoes, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons fresh basil finely chopped

cooked spaghetti for serving

Combine onion, egg, parmesan, milk, garlic powder and onion powder. Add beef, mix. Shape into balls, place on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake at 400F for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked through.

For sauce, combine tomatoes, garlic, oil, sugar, salt, oregano and pepper in a pan. Cook over medium heat until sauce begins to simmer, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in basil.

Serve meatballs and sauce with spaghetti.


Recipe adapted from Taste of Home, Summer 2016