Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs

When Funk and I went to Tuscany in the summer, we picked up a big packet of tomato sauce seasonings. Pasta and sauce never really excite me, so I figured with some fragrant flavors reminiscent of the best vacation of our lives, we could kick basic pasta and sauce up a notch.


Because the instructions, ingredients, and serving size of this package were in Italian, I had no idea how much to use, so I scooped a few tablespoons into a jar of basic marinara sauce.


To make meatballs, I rolled some Lightlife Gimme Lean Sausage into round “meatballs” and dropped them in the sauce to simmer and cook. Meanwhile I boiled some whole wheat spaghetti, and mixed all together
when everything was done.

I’m making a conscious effort to nix as much processed soy from our diets, since it’s really no different from any other form of processed junk. I received a sample of the Lightlife a while back and couldn’t let it go to waste. Overall, I think we do pretty well sticking to whole soy, like tempeh, tofu, miso and edamame, and those are the forms I like best anyway. The processed faux meats are good for convenience only, and not for your health.


Psssst…see those new pans??? They’re from our new Circulon pots + pans set which was an early wedding gift! I’m in love. It felt so good to unpack them this weekend. They’re so sleek! I’m babying them so much and even cut out felt squares to protect them from scratching when we stack them in the cabinets.


Funk brought home (lots of) beer that he and his friends brewed themselves at his bachelor party. Pretty neat, huh? We had some with our spaghetti and meatballs and it was good! See the label? They even made their own for Funk’s bottles…this one is Always Injured Amber. Aww, that’s my hus to be!

While I’ll never know what exactly was in that Italian spice mix, I tasted strong flavors of garlic, oregano, and even a kick from red pepper flakes. Maybe we’ll need to take a trip back to Tuscany for a translation to
know for sure.

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Do you have a specific food or flavor that reminds you of a favorite vacation?

One Comment

  1. Posted March 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Fresh guacamole always reminds me of my trip to Cozumel!

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