Garlic Spaghetti and Meatballs; Birthday Girls

Do you like Ramen?

Or just noodles of any sort?

I love noodles and pasta of every size, shape or nationality (including Ramen)

This is also a re-post, the original having been done years ago (as usual) but, as we have been eating a lot of meatballs lately I decided to do a short series of meatball posts.

Why not?

The weather has been too miserable to get the grills out, which we are usually using at this time of year; I have gone through my list of ‘fun things to cook this winter’; and we both love meatballs.

And spaghetti….

This is based on a recipe from one of my Williams Sonoma books – although I no longer know which one.

It requires both a fork and a spoon….

The garlic can be made anytime in advance. Just chill garlic and broth until needed.

Garlic Spaghetti and Meatballs

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Broth:
  • 1 head garlic, separated, not peeled
  • 2 cups (16oz, 480ml) chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • Meatballs:
  • 12oz (360gr) ground beef
  • 1/4 cup mashed garlicf
  • 2 tbs dried bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs grated Parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs white wine
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 4oz (120gr) spaghetti
  • 2 cups (16oz, 480ml) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, freshly grated

Garlic Spaghetti and Meatballs


  • Put the garlic, chicken broth, thyme and peppercorns in a small baking dish.
  • Cover and bake for 1 hour at 325F (160C).
  • Strain broth and reserve.
  • When cool enough to handle, squeeze the garlic out of the skins and mash with a fork.
  • In medium bowl combine egg, 1/4 cup of the garlic, crumbs, Parmesan, wine and thyme. Mix well.
  • Add beef and mix well.
  • Form into small meatballs, about 1″ (2.5cm) in diameter.
  • Heat reserved chicken stock plus the additional 2 cups in a large skillet.
  • Add meatballs, being careful that they don’t touch.
  •  Cover, reduce heat and simmer until done, turning the meatballs once, about 15 minutes.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • To finish:
  • Divide the pasta into two large, flat, pasta bowls.
  • Ladle half the meatballs and stock into each bowl.
  • Top with Parmesan and serve.

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Today is a very important doggie day.

Well, actually, they don’t care in the least…. Other than me making a big deal out of it and giving them extra big rawhide chewies….

They are 7 years old today.

Where did the time go.

Here they are when they were still with mom, about 4 weeks old. Mine are the 2 on the left.

We brought them home at 9 weeks

My favorite photo of them – at about 3 months

Their first birthday:

And today… Bonnie

As always, looking for a patch of sun….

And Guapa

As always, looking for anything that might be interesting….

Happy 7th Birthday, Girls

Last update on March 25, 2018

4 thoughts on “Garlic Spaghetti and Meatballs; Birthday Girls”

  1. Happy belated birthday to the doggies! Hard to believe it’s been that long. Don’t you sometimes wish they’d have stayed that small? 😉

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