Skillet Spaghetti with Meatballs
The task at hand seemed easy enough—build a simple tomato sauce in a skillet and then cook the pasta right in the sauce. But as we headed into the kitchen to do this, we quickly realized that we had more questions than answers.
Why This Recipe Works
For our skillet spaghetti with meatballs recipe we settled on fresh-tasting whole peeled tomatoes, which we pulsed briefly in the food processor to achieve a near-smooth consistency. After simmering the sauce, we added the water and pasta—we liked thin spaghetti best. We now had a finished skillet pasta recipe that was perfectly sauced; it was neither thick and pasty nor runny on the plate. We then created a simple meatball mixture made with a combination of ground beef, sweet Italian sausage, moistened bread, and Parmesan cheese. Since this wouldn’t be a long-simmering sauce that we could cook the meatballs in, we browned them in the skillet, which had the benefit of creating a flavorful base for our sauce.