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Using frozen meatballs in spaghetti

mariannas Oct 31, 2007 09:00 PM

I just picked up some frozen meatballs from Trader Joes and I'm wondering what is the best way to add them to my spaghetti. Should I pan fry them first or just add them to the sauce as is and let them cook?

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  1. mamamia RE: mariannas Oct 31, 2007 09:02 PM

    Definitely pan fry them first. I've been known to throw them in from time to time - the kiddos love them and I just don't have the time to make them from scratch during the week.

    Costco has pretty good ones as well.

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      Alan408 RE: mariannas Oct 31, 2007 09:19 PM

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        Kagey RE: mariannas Nov 1, 2007 03:40 AM

        Dissenting opinion here: I never pan fry my meatballs. Sometimes I freeze my own, then add them to the sauce as it simmers.

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          valerie RE: mariannas Nov 1, 2007 06:34 AM

          Aren't they already cooked? I can see pan-frying them before they are cooked, but why would you need to pan-fry them if they are cooked already?

          I always just heat cooked frozen meatballs in sauce.

          1. alkapal RE: mariannas Nov 1, 2007 07:45 AM

            i would just throw in the sauce.

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              malibumike RE: mariannas Nov 1, 2007 08:29 AM

              Definately pan fry them, it seems to add a crust that flavors the sauce.

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                DaisyM RE: mariannas Nov 1, 2007 03:54 PM

                Gosh, because they are already cooked I just have simmered them in sauce.

                1. digkv RE: mariannas Nov 2, 2007 01:44 AM

                  If they're cooked already just toss them in the sauce. Even then, it's awful pan frying frozen food; the moisture never goes away and it makes all sorts of messes.

                  1. alkapal RE: mariannas Nov 2, 2007 05:31 AM

                    mariannas, how did you fix them? are they good? does tj have more than one type of meatball?

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                      GH1618 RE: mariannas Jan 9, 2013 01:20 PM

                      My frozen meatballs are fully cooked. I heat them in the oven in an iron skillet. If they were uncooked, I would do the same, but for a longer time. I wouldn't cook a meatball in the sauce, because it might be underdone.

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                        wyogal RE: GH1618 Jan 9, 2013 01:24 PM

                        I do the same thing, my biggest cast iron frying pan in the oven. No splatters, they get a nice brown crust, then I drop them into the sauce to simmer and blend flavors.

                      2. Bacardi1 RE: mariannas Jan 9, 2013 02:03 PM

                        When I buy commercial frozen turkey meatballs, I thaw them first in the microwave, then just toss them into pasta sauce to heat through. They're already cooked, so pan-frying is pretty much a waste of time & will most likely just make them tough.

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