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      Spaghetti and Meatballs
      1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
      1/2 cup bread crumbs
      1 egg, slightly beaten
      1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
      3 tbs warm water
      1/2 tsp dried leaf basil
      3/4 tsp salt
      1/4 tap black pepper, freshly ground
      2​ tbs extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
      2 – 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
      6 oz can tomato paste
      1/4 cup onion, chopped
      2 cloves garlic, minced
      2 tbs parsley, chopped or 1 1/2 tsp parsley flakes, dried
      1 tsp dried leaf oregano, crushed
      1 tsp salt
      1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
      1 box of spaghetti or linguine*
      Parmesan cheese, for serving
      Combine ground beef with bread crumbs, egg, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, water, 1/2 tsp basil, and 1/4 tsp black pepper.

      Shape into about 3 dozen 1-inch meatballs.*
      In a large skillet or Dutch oven, brown meatballs over low heat in a small amount of oil, turning to brown all sides. When the meatballs are firm, drain off excess fat and then add tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, parsley, salt, and oregano.
      Simmer the sauce and meatballs uncovered, over low heat for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
      Just before the sauce is done, cook the linguine or spaghetti in boiling salted water following the package directions. Drain well and serve it hot along with the sauce.
      Offer a small bowl or container of grated Parmesan cheese at the table.

      Serves 6
      *For a camping trip, the meatballs can be made ahead of time, placed in a container in the cooler, and cooked according to directions at the campsite on a camp stove or the campfire. The pasta can also be prepared at home and placed in a container. When meatballs and sauce are fully cooked, add the pasta, lower the heat on the camp stove (or shift the Dutch oven to a cooler spot on the campfire), stir gently and occasionally until fully heated.

      If you do the prep at home, this is a great meal for the first night! Set the meatballs and sauce to work…finish setting up camp…add the pasta…toss the salad (easy side dish with little planninggiggle smiley) and EAT!!!
      weighlift smilie

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