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how to serve spaghetti/meatballs

gardengirl403 Feb 25, 2011 04:05 PM

I am serving spaghetti and meatballs for a dinner and was wondering if I should mix up the spaghetti with the sauce and meatballs? Or, should I let people put the meatballs and sauce onto their own spaghetti? I was thinking this could be quite messy.

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    lrealml Feb 25, 2011 05:56 PM

    The Italian side of my family traditionally serves the meatballs on the side, so if tradition matters to you, I would serve it that way.
    Like others have said, definitely finish the pasta in some sauce. After that my mom always served everything else on the side with ladle/spoon.

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      normalheightsfoodie Feb 25, 2011 04:32 PM

      Partially sauce the pasta with a bowl of sauce with a ladle on the side. Allow people to choose the amount of meatballs that they want.

      1. monavano Feb 25, 2011 04:13 PM

        Finish the spaghetti in some sauce when al dente to get the sauce absorbed. I think serving the meatballs atop the spaghetti looks really "wow", especially if you make it "snow" Parmesan or Pecorino all over the top in front of your guests. Pass more sauce at the table and do not drown the pasta!
        Spaghetti can get a little messy, and I often serve large rigatoni vs. noodles so the staining of clothing is kept to a minimum, but whatever your preference is will work.

        1. blue room Feb 25, 2011 04:12 PM

          When I want a "how to" with food presentation, I look at Google images:

          Usually I get an idea or two.

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            King of Northern Blvd Feb 25, 2011 04:14 PM

            I like the Wheel Barrow presentation.....

            1. re: King of Northern Blvd
              blue room Feb 25, 2011 04:25 PM

              Must have been quite an occasion!

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