Spaghetti with Oozy Eyeballs (Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs)

I have another spooky themed recipe coming your way today! I am having fun with these Halloween themed dishes, and this one is delicious! I have made stuffed meatballs many times, and thought they would be perfect to make a creepy Halloween meal.  This meal is very easy, and baking the meatballs over pan frying creates less time of standing over a hot stove. One note, make sure to get a good seal on the meatballs. If they are not properly sealed they cheese will come out and, while they will still be delicious, you will not have the melty center. 

Tonight American Horror Story is on. Yes.  I know I talk about this every week, but I love that creepy show....however, I do not love Twisty. He is scary.  

In other news, I recently purchased a cowboy lighting system due to natural light becoming pretty non-existent when I am home. I am getting the hang of things and lighting it looking pretty good in a few more recent photos. My only issue is storage,but Ron and I are trouble shooting it to find the best way to store the lights while having quick access. I am new to the artificial light game and prefer natural light, but Wisconsin can be unforgiving as winter approaches. 


For Meatballs: 
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb ground Italian sausage
2/3 cup soft breadcrumbs
2 Eggs, beaten
1 Tbl Italian seasoning 
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp  black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
3 Mozzarella sticks, cut into 5 pieces

For Tomato Sauce:
1 Tbl olive oil
One small onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes petite
1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup tomato puree
2 Tbl chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 Tbl chopped fresh oregano
1 1/2 Tbl chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar

Black olives, slices
Grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb spaghetti


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, gently mix beef, sausage, breadcrumbs, eggs and seasoning by hand.  Portion to make 15 meatballs. Slightly flatten the meatball and place a piece of cheese in the middle. Seal the meat around the cheese and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining meatballs. Place making sheet in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

While meatballs are baking prepare the tomato sauce. Saute onion in the olive oil till tender. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add remaining sauce and cook on medium low heat until the meatballs have finished cooking.

During the last 10 minutes of cook time, cook and drain the spaghetti.  

To plate, serve spaghetti and tomato sauce topped with meatballs. Place olives on meatballs to create eyes and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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