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“Bart Sells His Soul,” season 7, episode 4

I’ve covered this treasured gem of an episode before making Moe’s signature Million Dollar Birthday Fries. Luckily, there’s more food to be had since the B story centers around Moe swapping his dank tavern for a family themed restaurant. There’ll be more recipes to come from this episode in the future, it’s all just too good.

For thorough episode-ness, go here. To make Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag’s Spaghetti and Moe Balls, then read on my friend, read on. Even though Bart didn’t finish his plate of spaghetti, it’s still Moe better. It’s good good good good, good good good!

This recipe is based on Melissa Clark’s easy-as-can-be “Meatballs With Any Meat.” It’s especially great for using up whatever ground meat you have handy. In my case, that was turkey. If you’re going authentic, you should probably use whatever is the cheapest (think like Moe). All-in-all the meal takes about 30 minutes total, so you can get it to your hungry customers in no time. Just don’t forget to smile.

Spaghetti and Moe Balls
serves 4

1 pound ground meat (beef, pork, lamb, turkey, or chicken or a combo)
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
1 egg
2 garlic cloves, finely minced and divided
2 teaspoons fresh parsley and/or basil, finely minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1 pinch red pepper flakes
Olive oil
1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes
10 ounces dried spaghetti

  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the meat, breadcrumbs, parmesan, egg, 1 minced garlic clove, herbs, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix with your hands just until combined. Roll into 1 1/2-inch balls.
  3. Lightly oil a baking sheet and transfer the meatballs to the sheet. Broil until browned and firm, tossing once, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a glug of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining garlic and cook for a few seconds until fragrant but not burnt. Add the tomatoes and juice, breaking them up as you go with your hands. Season with salt and bring to allow simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. Once the water is boiling, add salt followed by the pasta. Stir and cook until al dente according to the package.
  6. Once cooked, drain the pasta well and toss with the sauce. Plate and top with the Moe balls and more parmesan. Serve and SMILE!

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