healing with meatballs

Dancing Mandolin Player is having knee replacement surgery today.

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My Sweet Daughter-in-law is having thyroid surgery today.

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I’ve been up since 4 AM thinking about both of them.

Surgery is not fun, but they will both feel better when this is over.  And then they will be ready to party.

Meanwhile I am thinking about them and wishing I was in Texas and Idaho to make chicken casseroles and meatballs and mashed potatoes.

So, in honor of comfort food, I am going to share Grandpa’s Meatballs.  My father, though not Italian, loved Italian food.  He longed to be able to cook like many of his Italian friends and neighbors, so he talked a friend named Anne Marie into teaching him how to make meatballs.

And then he taught me.

I make them for my friends who need a little lift.  It’s my ultimate comfort food.


2 pounds of hamburger
2 eggs
1 cup parmesan cheese
2 handfuls of dried parsley
1 handful of oregano
3 shakes around the bowl of garlic powder
5 shakes around the bowl of onion powder
2 slices of bread soaked briefly in warm water,then squeezed

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This goes in a mixing bowl with dough hooks or can be mixed by hand until completely blended.

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This is the recipe doubled.

Then roll the balls the size of big walnuts (we like small meatballs) and put on a cookie sheet.  I bake these at 350 for about half an hour, until they are cooked.  Try not to burn the bottoms.

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1 garlic clove, minced
1 chopped onion
1 2-lb can of Rosella tomatoes (I like diced tomatoes of any brand)
2 6 oz cans of tomato paste
a palm*** of salt
a palm of pepper
a palm of parsley
a palm of oregano

Saute the garlic and onion in a large pan with a little olive oil.  Be careful not to burn the garlic.  Add the can of tomatoes and mash.  Cook on med-high vigorously for about 5 minutes, to cook off some of the liquid in the tomatoes.
Add the two cans of tomato paste, plus 4 cans of water for each can of tomato paste.
Add seasonings and bring to a slow boil, then simmer.

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Add the meatballs and simmer for a few hours.  You can also put this in the crock pot.  The sauce should bubble every once in a while.


Cut up a pound of hot or sweet Italian sausage, put it into an oven-proof frying pan and bake it for 30 minutes, or until cooked through.  Add this, including any fat, to the sauce.

*my best guess:  a handful is 1/2 cup
**a “shake” is a circle around the mixing bowl
***my best guess: a “palm” is 1/2 TBS

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5 Responses to healing with meatballs

  1. Sharon says:

    Thanks for the recipes. I loved the handwritten recipe with all the grease stains.
    Sending out a big hug to Mandolin Player and wishing you a swift recovery. Before you know it you’ll be up and ready to join the band for a summer of fun.

    Hugs and good wishes to Sweet DIL, too. I’d milk the recovery for all it’s worth. I hear that handsome boy of yours is very active. You could use a few extra days of rest. 🙂 Or quiet reading time with him.

  2. Joules says:

    Alright! I believe! I believe in the healing powers of Grandpa’s Meatballs! We are having them for dinner in honor of the brave surgical patients! We will toast them and send them our sauciest best wishes!

  3. Connie says:

    What a fun recipe. I am thinking about both of our gals too. I know everything is going to turn out well for them.

    Grandpa’s meatball recipe sounds awesome! They will both feel better just reading about them!

  4. Amber says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! We really miss you all! Feeling better everyday. Your boys are doing a wonderful job of taking care of me and keeping your grandson happy!

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