When my brothers or I visit our parents, the meal waiting for us is usually spaghetti. My mom makes the best tomato sauce, we can’t get enough of it. The secret ingredient is heirloom tomatoes that have been growing in my family for 60+ years. They are better than gold.
The only stipulation with our “welcome home dinner” is that if we want meatballs, there needs to be a special request in advance. No exceptions to that rule, tomato is the house sauce in my Mom’s kitchen… So for us, meatballs are a rare and delicious treat.
I love the extra layer of flavor meatballs add to tomato sauce. As they simmer in the sauce, they soak up the tomatoes while also adding their own unique flavor. The sauce ends up deeper, richer and more delicious from simmering with the meatballs. It is such a simple and easy meal to make, but one that always makes people happy.
Last week I went to Western Pennsylvania to celebrate my mom’s birthday. I was also there to support my Grandma at a bridge dedication ceremony in honor of war veterans. My Grandma and seven men, who were all members of the armed forces during WWII, were there to participate in the dedication. It was a pretty awesome event to witness. I was so proud to see my grandmother front and center, she was in the Marines during the war and is an incredible person. Both my Mom and Grandmother are amazing women, I’m so lucky to have them in my life. It was nice to be able to be there for them this weekend since they’ve been there for me so many times in my life.
We had spaghetti with tomato sauce for dinner the first night. It was fantastic… I wish my mom would bottle her sauce.
Sam had to work, so he had stayed home and took care of our pups while I was away. He is always a little sad when I head up without him, so I made him spaghetti and meatballs when I got back. It’s a thrill that he loves our tomato sauce so much, it’s always fun to make it for him. And, smelling tomato sauce cooking all day reminds me of home.
Since this meal is so soft and warm, I like to pair it with some crusty bread or a cool, crunchy salad.