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March Dinner and a Movie: Moonstruck (Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe)
Posted By Susan On March 5, 2009 @ 11:53 am In Beef and Veal,Blogging Events,Dinner and a Movie,Ethnic,Italian,Meat,Pasta,Recipes,Sauces, Salsas and Salad Dressings | 41 Comments
Hey, fellow movie fans! Are you ready for another installment of Dinner and a Movie? Hope so, because this month I get to choose! And, I’ve picked one of my all time favorite films: Moonstruck!
Moonstruck  is a delightful and endearing romantic comedy about love and life set in New York City’s Italian-American community. Although the film dates back to 1987, it’s charm is timeless. In it, Loretta Castorini, an unlucky in love Italian widow (her first husband was hit by a bus) finds romance through the intervention of a big, beautiful and very full moon. With her second wedding just weeks away, she meets and reluctantly falls hopelessly in love with her fiance’s estranged younger brother! Her dilemma and her hilariously eccentric family make for an unforgettably enchanting and irresistible movie experience.
I selected Moonstruck as this month’s movie for several reasons. First of all, I love, love, love it! Secondly, I felt that the decidedly ethnic flavor and various subplots of the film would give you all lots to work with when deciding what your dishes would be. Thirdly, did I mention that I love this movie?
Anyway, if you want to play along this month with my co-host, Marc (No Recipes ) and me, check out Marc’s Dinner and a Movie page . You’ll find all of the event guidelines there, including how and where to send your entries.
The post deadline for this month’s installment of Dinner and a Movie, featuring Moonstruck, will be on Saturday, March 28. I will be posting the roundup here at SGCC shortly thereafter. Our live Twitter movie event will be the week before, on Saturday March 21, at 9PM EST. Just log on to Twitter, pop the movie in your DVR, grab some popcorn and watch the movie along with us, tweeting along the way!
I’m really looking forward to this one. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with this month!
Now, because I’m so incredibly efficient (NOT!), and because I just wouldn’t feel right about sending you off empty-handed, I’m leaving you with some delicious Spaghetti and Meatballs to tide you over.
This Spaghetti and Meatballs is going over to Maryann from Finding La Dolce Vita  and Marie from Proud Italian Cook  for their second annual Festa  Italiana  event. Come and join them at their festive tables under the shade of twisting grapevines, as they eat, drink, laugh, dance and sing the time away. They have already started posting the roundups here  and here,  so what are you waiting for!?!?
SCGG’s Spaghetti and Meatballs
1 lb cooked spaghetti
For the meatballs:
1 lb. ground chuck
1/2 lb ground veal
1/2 lb ground pork
2 cloves finely minced garlic
1 medium sweet onion, coarsely grated
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 cup panko crumbs soaked in 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp salt
For the sauce:
3-4 tbs olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
1 tbs fresh thyme leaves
4 28 oz cans peeled, whole tomatoes (preferably San Marzano) or the same amount of crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup white wine
3 tbs tomato paste
1 batch baked meatballs
1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes to taste
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil for garnish
Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated for topping
Serve and enjoy!
Here are some other great pasta dishes from the SGCC archives:
Pasta e Fagioli 
Pasta Pissaladierre 
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URLs in this post:
 Moonstruck: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093565/
 No Recipes: http://www.norecipes.com/
 Dinner and a Movie page: http://www.norecipes.com/dinner-movie/
 Finding La Dolce Vita: http://findingladolcevita.blogspot.com/
 Proud Italian Cook: http://prouditaliancook.blogspot.com/
 Festa: http://findingladolcevita.blogspot.com/2009/02/welcome-to-our-2nd-annual-festa.html
 Italiana: http://prouditaliancook.blogspot.com/2009/02/second-annual-festa-italiana.html
 here: http://findingladolcevita.blogspot.com/2009/02/2nd-annual-festa-italiana-roundup.html
 here,: http://prouditaliancook.blogspot.com/2009/03/second-annual-festa-italiana-roundup.html
 Easy Peasy Meatball Ziti: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com/2008/02/easy-peasy-meatball-ziti-and-my-blog.html
 Pasta e Fagioli: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com/2008/01/food-for-thought-pasta-e-fagioli-and.html
 Pasta Pissaladierre: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com/2007/10/going-for-go-to-meals-5-pasta.html
 Spaghetti fra Diavolo con Vongole: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com/2008/04/blog-post.html
 Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana: http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-secret-love-affair.html
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