Today is a very special day… it’s Family Foodie’s birthday! How awesome is it that her birthday happened to fall on a Sunday? Everyone in our house knows Sunday is Mom’s favorite day because she gets to celebrate Sunday Supper with everyone, and now she’s getting to celebrate her birthday with you all, too!

This week’s theme is recipes inspired by songs, and when my mom asked me what songs I could come up with, the first one to pop into my head was “On Top of Spaghetti.” Yes, you’re thinking of the right song. The goofy, kid song about losing a meatball when somebody sneezed. Right when I thought of it, I started belting out the song that I know WAY too well and we could not stop laughing.

When I was little we had a VHS of baby songs including “Michael Finnegan” and “On Top of Spaghetti.”  I watched this video on loop for years and drove my parents crazy over it. This song has been stuck in our heads since it came up, and you could catch one of us humming or whistling it in the kitchen. As foolish as it may be, this song brings back so many memories for my parents and me.

Not only does this song remind me so much of my childhood, but I grew up loving Mom’s famous homemade meatballs and sauce. It’s a classic that we all love and a recipe Mom has mastered. This is the perfect heartfelt meal to celebrate Mom’s birthday (She looks great for 21… right?!).

I would like to say a big Happy Birthday our extraordinary Mom/the amazing Family Foodie. She is a huge inspiration and an excellent role model to her children. We are all so grateful for everything she does for us and we hope she has a wonderful day.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs #SundaySupper

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 258 calories

Fat 15 g

Carbs 14 g

Protein 15 g

8

Spaghetti and Meatballs #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • sea salt and ground fresh pepper to taste
  • Tomato Sauce

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, pour the milk over the bread and let soak for 15 minutes
  2. Squeeze the bread and drain excess milk. Discard the milk.
  3. In a large bowl combine the ground pork, eggs, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder and soaked bread. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Gently mix with your hands to combine all the ingredients. Avoid over mixing
  5. Preheat the over to 375 degrees
  6. Gently roll each meatball into 2 inch balls (they are nice large meatballs)
  7. Space them one on a prepared baking pan approximately 1/2 inch apart
  8. Bake the meatballs for 1/2 hour
  9. Bring the tomato sauce to a simmer.
  10. When the meatballs are done, add them to the tomato sauce and simmer for a minimum of 2 hours.

This week’s awesome theme has come together by the suggestion of our fabulous host, Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen.  She Rocks and so does her blog!  Check out all the awesome recipes inspired by some of our favorite tunes:

Prelude (Beverages):

Calimocho (Red Red Wine Cocktail)  from La Cocina de Leslie inspired by Red Red Wine by UB40
Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe from An Appealing Plan inspired by Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen
Horchata from Treats & Trinkets inspired by Horchata by Vampire Weekend
Orange Crush from Magnolia Days inspired by Orange Crush by REM
Pineapple Lemonade Slushy with Coconut Water from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz inspired by Lemon Tree by Peter, Paul & Mary
Strawberry Tequila from Shockingly Delicious inspired by Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles

Overture (Appetizers):

Mustard Dill Beer Bread from Curious Cuisiniere inspired by In Heaven There Is No Beer a German Polka

Intermezzo (Entrees & Sides):

Chicken and Bacon Cheddar Waffles from I Run For Wine inspired by Glady’s Knight
Classic Fried Chicken from The Food Army Wife inspired by Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band
Margarita Chicken from In The Kitchen With KP inspired by Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet
Meatball Duet from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings inspired by On Top of Spaghetti by Tom Glazer
Pan-Seared Halibut with Corn Hash and Asparagus Puree from Crazy Foodie Stunts inspired by Saturday Night Fish Fry by Louis Jordan
Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork from Neighborfood inspired by Something Like That by Tim McGraw
Spaghetti and Pork Meatballs from Family Foodie inspired by On Top of Spaghetti by Kidsongs
Teriyaki Burger from Juanita’s Cocina inspired by Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffet

Finale (Desserts):

Banana Cream Pie Bars from Peanut Butter and Peppers inspired by Tra La La Song by The Banana Splits
Banana Pancake Ice Cream with Maple Brittle from Foxes Love Lemons inspired by Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
Cherry Pie from My Cute Bride inspired by Cherry Pie by Warrant
Cherry Marshmallows from Pies and Plots
Chocolate Cappuccino Cream Puffs from Runner’s Tales inspired by Choux Pastry Heart by Corinne Bailey Rae
Chocolate Chip, Walnut and Caramel Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwich from Ruffles & Truffles inspired by  Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
Chocolate Covered Caramels from Big Bear’s Wife inspired by At Last by Etta James
Coconut Rum Blondies from Gotta Get Baked inspired by I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts by Danny Kaye
Easy Blueberry Recipe: Fruit Tart from Growing Up Gabel inspired by Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino
Espresso Nib Ice Cream from Vintage Kitchen Notes inspired by Black Coffee by Ella Fitzgerald
Fancy Watermelon Lime Popsicles from Daily Dish Recipes inspired by Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Byrd
Fresh Peach Pie from Killer Bunnies, Inc. inspired by Sweet Sweet Pie by PWEI
Jammin’ Oatmeal Cookies from What Smells So Good? inspired by Jammin’ by Bob Marley
Many Flavors Whipped Cream from Noshing with the Nolands inspired by Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass
Peach Basil Pie from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen inspired by Peaches by POTUSA
Pina Colada Poke Cake from Cookin’ Mimi inspired by Two Pina Coladas by Garth Brooks
Peach Donuts with Brown Sugar from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks inspired by Peaches by POTUSA
Peach Strudel with Honey Bourbon Frozen Yogurt from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures inspired by My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music & Wild Honey by U2
Rainbow Pops from The Urban Mrs inspired by Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
Salted Ripple Chip No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes & Kale Chips inspired by Ice Cream by Sarah McLachlan
Salted Peanut Swirl Peanut Butter Ice Cream from girlichef inspired by Salt Peanuts by The Quintet
Shall We Dance? Fairy Cakes from The Ninja Baker inspired by Shall We Dance from the Japanese Film
Sugar Crusted Zucchini Bread from That Skinny Chick Can Bake inspired by Sugar, Sugar by the Archies
Tangerine Sorbet from Webicurean inspired by Tangerine Speedo by Caviar
Yeasted Banana Bread from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner inspired by I Like Bread and Butter by The New Beats
 
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here ? Sunday Supper Movement.

 

Check out pictures from the Food and Wine Conference 2013 here.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee August 4, 2013 at 7:07 am

I’m wishing you a great big happy birthday Isabel! I hope you have the most special day today and it is filled with all kinds of love, delights, family, and friends.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips August 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

Happy Birthday Isabel! I’m sure it ill be delicious! Enjoy it with your amazing family!

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Micha @ Cookin' Mimi August 4, 2013 at 9:09 am

Happy birthday Isabel. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with lots of love and great memories.

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Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious August 4, 2013 at 9:10 am

Happy birthday to YOU! Love your sketti and meatballs!

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Jen @JuanitasCocina August 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

Happy birthday Isabel! What a way to celebrate!

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Bea August 4, 2013 at 10:41 am

Happy, happy, happy Birthday, Isabel!!! Have a wonderful day :)

The Meatballs sound so delicious and I love the post. Simply beautiful!

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Nicole August 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

Happy Birthday my beautiful friend. These meatballs look FABULOUS! But more than anything YOU are fabulous and I’m screaming Happy Birthday from the top of my lungs (it’s the only other way you’ll hear it haha we’re too darn far!)

Have a special day with your family and remember to relax. Love you!

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adam @unorthodoxepicure August 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

Happy Birthday! The spaghetti & meatballs look awesome!

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Heather @girlichef August 4, 2013 at 11:51 am

Is this Alex writing this post!? How sweet…and such a wonderful birthday treat for mom ;) (happy birthday, Isabel!).

This is a fun inspiration (and I still love those songs today …he had whiskers on his chin-iggan), and it looks absolutely mouthwatering!

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Linda | The Urban Mrs August 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Happy birthday, Isabel! Thanks for inspiring and bringing us together. Being a pasta girl, this dish looks so mouthwatering!

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Tara August 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Happy Birthday Isabel, hope you have a great day!! Love that big ‘ol plate of spaghetti and meatballs!! Great post!!

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Liz August 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Your meatballs look terrific! And many, many happy birthday wishes to you!!! xo

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Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) August 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Just like my stepdad’s mom’s meatballs (which are apparently fabulous)!

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Susan August 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Happy birthday Isabel and what a great post Alex!

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The Ninja Baker August 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Like mother, like daughter – gorgeous and made with much heart <3 Oh! The spaghetti and meatballs, too =)

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom August 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Happy Birthday Isabel! Which child of yours wrote this wonderful post and recipe?! love it!

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) August 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Happy Birthday Isabel! I hope you had a great day!

I love love love spaghetti and meatballs! This looks great and excellent writing by Alex (also my daughter’s name)!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 4, 2013 at 10:50 pm

How sweet that Alex wrote this post Isabel! And those darn good meatballs! Pork always does the trick. Happy birthday!

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons August 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Happy Birthday, Isabel! These meatballs look AMAZING – the perfect meal for my own birthday, which is in January. It’s traditionally the coldest day of the year here in Michigan. On birthday, it was 20 degrees below zero! It’s generally best to just stay inside and eat meatballs :)

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DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts August 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I hope you enjoyed your birthday, Isabel! Happy Belated. These meatballs look great too.

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Krayl @ AnAppealingPlan August 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Happy Birthday Isabel & GREAT work Alex!

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Kim@Treats & Trinkets August 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Happy (belated) birthday, Isabel! These meatballs look fabulous. And great post, Alex. I totally drove my mom crazy with Peter Pan.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere August 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Happy belated birthday! Your spaghetti is making me hungry!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked August 7, 2013 at 7:41 pm

What a wonderful post by your daughter, Isabel. I can feel the love and admiration she has for you with every well crafted word. I hope you had an amazing birthday weekend and that your family pampered you like crazy! This dish is the epitome of comfort. I wish I could help myself to a giant plateful of it right now!

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Cindys Recipes and Writings August 8, 2013 at 12:04 am

On Top of Spaghetti was my first choice this week too! Love these meatballs!

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Laura Dembowski August 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

A very happy birthday to your mom! This looks like a great way to celebrate. I hope she got the day off from cooking and dishes :)

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Anne @ Webicurean August 10, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I love your meatball recipe–it all started with your Italian Wedding Soup recipe, and now I make those meatballs all the time–so much better with pork!

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Katie August 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

You seriously can’t go wrong with a classic, in my opinion! Such a comforting and flavorful dish, perfect for a bday celebration!

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