Spaghetti & Meatballs with Garlic Bread

Spaghetti & Meatballs with Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread

1 loaf ciabatta
8 tbsp unsalted butter
1 head garlic
2 tbsp fresh minced parsley
1 cup fresh grated parmesan
Salt
Pepper

Melt butter over low heat in saucepan
Add garlic and cover saucepan. Cook over low heat for ~20 minutes or until garlic is tender
Remove from heat and allow to cool until workable
Mash garlic into butter and add parsley, parmesan, salt, and pepper and then mix (you can make this ahead of time and refrigerate and then just pull it out and allow it to come to room temp so that it’s easily spreadable)
Slice loaf in half and cover both sides
Bake at 450F until golden brown (~5-10 minutes)

Meatballs

1 lb 70/30 ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 minced bunch of parsley
1 roasted head of garlic
1 cup breadcrumbs (I used panko)
1 cup fresh grated parmesan
2 eggs
1 large onion, pureed with some water
Red pepper flakes
Oregano
Salt
Pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and work with hands or a fork until just combined, careful not to overwork
Roll into meatballs of desired size (I did maybe 1 1/4″)
Place sheet of parchment on rimmed baking tray
Brush parchment lightly with olive oil
Place meatballs on tray and drizzle with more olive oil on top
Bake at 350F for ~30 minutes or until bottoms are nicely browned
I made the meatballs early in the day and then added them to the sauce ~30 minutes prior to serving to reheat