Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Spaghetti and Meatball Tacos


When my kids were little, they loved to watch cartoon shows like Dora.  Now they are getting into "tween" shows like iCarly.  The iCarly show is famous for making "spaghetti tacos".  I have NEVER heard of such a thing, but my two kids have been wanting to try them since they first saw the spaghetti taco episode.   So we decided to do it for Kids in the Kitchen.  My niece and nephew came over to help me along with these these crazy sounding tacos since they have already tried them out before and highly recommend them.  My mother (who grew up in a generation before there was TV or cartoons or even the concept of tweens) also came over to try out this dish.   To tell you the truth, the tacos sounded a little crazy to me so I did not eat them, but the kids each had two tacos and said it was a fun lunch.  My mother said her taco was interesting, but she thought it was crazy too.  I think this is a kid/tween thing so if you have one in your house... this maybe a hit with them. So say hello to Spaghetti and Meatballs Tacos brought to you today by two tweens, one teenager and one little girl that is going from pre-tween to tween too fast. 


For Spaghetti and Meatballs:
1  package spaghetti cooked to just shy of fully cooked
1 bag of frozen mini meatballs or regular meatballs
1 jar (45oz) of favorite pasta sauce (I used Ragu)
1 (28oz) can plum tomatoes (mash tomatoes with potato masher or use hands to crush first)
salt and black pepper to taste
1 tsp sugar (optional) use only if your sauce tastes tart
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
red chili flakes (optional)

For Tacos:
Hard Taco Shells
Cheddar Cheese (optional)
Shredded lettuce (optional)
diced onion (optional)

 In a large pot cook spaghetti in well salted water and then drain.  In another large pot cook the plum tomatoes, jar of pasta sauce, granulated garlic, dried basil and dried oregano.

Season with salt and black pepper to taste and add red chili flakes if desired.

Then add frozen meatballs and cook on medium heat for 20-25 minutes.  If you use large size meatballs, cut into half or smaller.   Stir occasionally.  Taste sauce, if sauce is tart, add sugar.  If not, omit sugar.  Once sauce is to your desired taste, add cooked pasta and toss well.    To make tacos:  Place some heat pasta with meatballs into taco shells, top with optional cheese, lettuce and diced onion.  Eat immediately for best texture of taco shell.  Enjoy.


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