Everyone in my family has their own birthday meal. And for as long as I remember, come my mom’s birthday, spaghetti and noodles are on the table. She could eat only pasta for the rest of her life and never complain. My love for the dish isn’t quite that deep, but I can appreciate a delicious noodle, smothered in tomato sauce.This, admittedly, is not my mom’s birthday meal. It’s a little more involved than she gets with her dinner. But I had time to waste and was craving some pasta. And, surprise surprise, my brothers actually liked it. We’ll have to remember that for future meals.
2 eggs, beaten
2 half egg shells cold water
1 tsp salt
2(ish) cups flour
Combine egg, water, and salt. Add enough flour to make the dough stiff. Knead on a floured surface until very stiff (about 7-10 minutes).
Roll very thin, and roll up to make a long tube. Slice desired thickness. Unroll and spread out to dry.
Drop into boiling salted water and cook 10 minutes or until tender. Drain.
1½ lbs ground beef
½ cup rice, uncooked
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 Tbsp chopped onion
10 oz tomato soup
6 oz tomato paste
14 oz diced tomatoes
½ cup water
Preheat oven to 350oF.
Mix together beef, rice, salt, pepper, and onion. Form into small meatballs. Place in a baking dish with a high rim.
In a separate bowl, combine soup, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and water. Stir well, and pour over meatballs.
Bake for about one hour, keeping covered for the first 20 minutes.