Ay! My Mom…. I can’t take her anywhere. It was 15 years ago, I was navigating my way through the food scene here in Los Angeles. Trying out all the newest hot spots with the most promising chefs hidden behind closed cooking quarters. Now I couldn’t go out to eat by myself, so a lot of times I would drag my best companion along with me, my Mom. Even though she would kick and scream the (more…)
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You know that feeling you get when you’re eating something that encompasses your tastes from your youth and combines them with your adult palate… That’s how I feel about my chipotle albondigas and spaghetti. It’s just so good, that the entire table falls silent when I serve it. I swear I’m not sounding my own siren, I’m just giving you the facts. It’s the albondigas in spicy chipotle sauce that remind me of my days as a teenager eating with my Grandpa, and the thick spaghetti cooked al dente that plays to my adult happiness.
A few weeks ago I flew to the Barilla headquarters in Chicago and was lucky enough to cook in their kitchen. I felt like Charlie in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I was given carte blanche to anything in the fridge and pantry, and told I had 40 minutes to make something…. and that something had to BE GOOD! When I heard that I had an itsy-bitsy anxiety attack. I quickly scanned the fridge and found ground beef and ground pork… I immediately thought of my Grandpa’s albondigas and how he mixes the two meats. I went to the pantry and sure enough they had some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce on hand, and I then knew exactly what I was making, suddenly I felt all the little ghost butterflies exiting my stomach. I ran over to the area where the wall of Barilla pasta resides with confidence and looked carefully over the many varieties before I settled on a thick spaghetti. I just love that Barilla delivers a trusted product of superior quality, providing me with pasta that does not stick or clump and a flavor that compliments my traditional Hispanic ingredients. Here’s my recipe so you can make it at home. I made it for friends this past weekend, and the table was silent.
Ingredients for Chipotle Albondigas And Barilla Spaghetti:
- 1 – pound ground beef
- 1 – pound ground pork
- 1 – egg
- 1/4 – cup bread crumbs
- 4 – cloves garlic (peeled and minced small)
- 1 – teaspoon chile flakes
- 1/2 – teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8 – cup fresh cilantro leaves (chopped)
- 9 – springs of green onion (white part only – minced)
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 – tablespoons olive oil
- 1 – cup onion (chopped)
- 4 – cups chopped tomatoes
- 2 – chipotle peppers (minced)
- 1 1/2 – tablespoons adobo sauce
- 1 – cup tomato sauce
- 1 – pound Barilla thick spaghetti (no.7)
- parmesan cheese for garnish
- In a large bowl combine ground beef, ground pork, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, chile flakes, dried oregano, cilantro leaves, green onion, salt and pepper with your hands. Once mixture is combined, pinch a small amount of meat into a ball and roll to create meatball. Roll all meat until you have about 20 meatballs.
- In a large pan over a medium flame add in olive oil and allow it to get hot.
- Add in meatballs and brown on all sides for about 10 minutes.
- Add in onion to meatballs and saute for about 3 minutes.
- Then add in tomatoes, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and tomato sauce. Mix to combine. Allow to cook another 2 to 3 minutes.
- While albondigas (meatballs) are cooking bring a big pot filled halfway with water to a boil. Cook spaghetti to according to the box.
- Drain the pasta then add it to the meatball mixture.
- Mix it and serve in a big platter.
- Garnish with parmesan cheese.