Date Night In with Barilla

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Date night, what’s that? I think we get one 1-2 times a month. If you you just can’t get away for Valentine’s Day or for an anniversary or you just need some time together, I’m sharing our secret.

My husband is Italian & I’m a pasta lover so I’m sharing our favorite family meal. You can serve your children meatballs and then keep them in the crockpot on warm until you are ready to have your date night in. We enjoy having a meal together once Izzy is in bed so we can focus on us.

Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

First stop head to Kroger and snag all your ingredients. Here is a shot of our favorite Barilla® Classic Blue Box Spaghetti at Kroger if you are wondering where it is. I’m a super visual person.

Why Barilla pasta and sauce? It’s an authentic food brand and the #1 choice of Italy. A delicious and perfect match for my Italian husband.

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients

  • Barilla® Classic Blue Box Spaghetti
  • Barilla® Traditional Sauce (2 Jars)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • Loaf of Bread (your choice)

Instructions

  1. Mix the egg, bread crumbs and ground turkey
  2. Roll the mixture into golf ball sizes and place on cooking pan
  3. Cook outside of the meatballs
  4. Pour 2 jars of the traditional sauce into the crockpot
  5. Drop meatballs into sauce, in crockpot
  6. Cook for 5 hours on low
  7. Boil water & cook 1/2 box of Barilla® Classic Blue Box Spaghetti
  8. Cook to taste
  9. While cooking pasta, cut bread with heart cookie cutters
  10. Place pasta on the plate, followed by meatballs and sauce & heart shaped bread
  11. Enjoy!
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Bread cut into hearts with a cookie cutter for a sweet and romantic flair is the perfect final touch.

Add extra sweetness to the table with flower petals and roses. I snagged all these extra goodies from Kroger. They are fabric so I can use them again and again! Add your favorite wine to pull the whole meal together.

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XO Eryka

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Jacki says:

    Looks so good! Love the added touch of the heart shaped bread ❤

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Thanks Jacki! It’s so delicious

  2. This Messy Season says:

    Oh I love meatballs. I need to make this. We haven’t had pasta in ages

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Yaaasss! We are a pasta loving family

  3. Looks so yummy!! Love the heart touches + rose petals!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Thank you Shannan, trying to keep this relationship spicy

  4. Stephanie says:

    You can never go wrong with pasta for date night!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Hehe Definitely not!

  5. This recipe looks soooo yum! We love pasta!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Thanks Stephanie! It’s so good

  6. Stace Werner says:

    I love the idea of feeding the kids first and then putting the meatballs in the slow cooker for later!

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    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Thank you Stace, it works out perfectly for us every time

  7. Yum, spaghetti and meatballs is my fav!!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      We love them as well! These turkey meatballs are so tender & the pasta is perfection

  8. OKAY, YOU NEED TO BE A FOOD BLOGGER! THESE PHOTOS ARE AMAZING!!!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      You are too sweet! Thank you

  9. Jenna says:

    OMG now I am so hungry! We love pasta.

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      Hehe! We love pasta too ☺

  10. Raven Alexis says:

    Girl, we love Barilla pasta sauce! The Tomato & basil flavor is our favorite!

    1. busylittleizzy says:

      It’s so good!

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