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June 13, 2010 / makingitmamastyle

Spaghetti with Baby Meatballs

After the 5 day blogging hiatus, I’m back!  We’ve been potty-training this past week and I’m happy to say that Livy is potty-trained!  Whew, we’re gonna be rich for three months until it’s back to buying diapers again when baby boy arrives!

No, your eyes aren’t fooling you.  That’s Livy, sitting on the potty, reading Andrew’s World Cup magazine with a completely surprised look on her face as I snap a picture…

I tried to potty-train Livy once before– my niece was potty-training, which made Livy very interested in the subject. Alas, “being like Izzie” wasn’t enough of an incentive to get the habit to stick.  We dropped the subject for a while and thank goodness we did.  Livy started talking about the potty all on her own last week, taking her dolls to the potty, changing their diapers, etc.  I took her hint and we took off.  She basically potty-trained herself (I helped by contributing M&Ms); it was a snap!  yahoo!

{Side Note: Livy just came up to me as I was typing and set her cup on top of my baby-bump. Apparently it resembles a shelf or table top? I can’t imagine how that would be the case…}

This morning brought a torrential downpour, which foiled my grocery-shopping plans.  Scrounging around the kitchen for ingredients on hand, I decided to make spaghetti and meatballs for lunch. This is spaghetti with baby meatballs, mind you, as Livy only eats the “cute baby meatballs”.  Don’t even think about cutting up an average size meatball for her– certainly doesn’t qualify as cute and babyish that way.

Spaghetti with Baby Meatballs


  • 1 Lb ground beef
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (I used seasoned bread crumbs)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 TBSP dried parsley
  • sprinkle of garlic salt
  • bit of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 TBSP grated parmesan cheese

In a large bowl, mix all of the above. Shape into meatballs according to the size your child will eat.  If she requires baby meatballs, go with about a 1/2″ diameter.  Yes, this will take awhile.  If you have a less-picky child or (gasp) no child at all, I’d go with a bigger meatball.

Heat a pan on medium, drizzled with a bit of oil. When it’s good and hot, plop in the meatballs. (If it’s not hot enough, your more likely to have issues with sticking.)  Roll them around a bit to brown on most of the sides.

Take them out (gently) and place them on a paper towel-lined plate. Blot them with another paper towel to make sure to get any excess grease off.  Don’t worry if they aren’t fully cooked, they will finish as they simmer in the sauce (below).

Pour your jar of spaghetti sauce in a pan (we like Ragu Super Vegetable).  Add in a can of chopped tomatoes and a half a chopped onion, if you want.

Throw (or don’t throw) in the meatballs.  Set the pot over medium heat, stick a lid on it and let it come to a boil.  Turn it down to low (2 or 3) and let it simmer for 30 minutes or longer, until you want to eat.

Spoon over cooked noodles, top with Parmesan if you like and chow down!

Of course, here’s the proof I’ll have incase Livy decides to be picky about food one day that she does, in fact, like spaghetti and also cottage cheese:


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  1. Adam / Jun 13 2010 7:54 pm

    That looks fantastic!!

  2. steph / Jun 16 2010 1:17 pm

    You inspired me to make meatballs last night. I don’t think I’ve made them in about 9 years! Thanks for the new ideas for dinner, we generally have the same items because of my lack of creativity (and maybe time).

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