Spaghetti and Meatballs – Ninja Cooker Style @NinjaKitchen
This is not a sponsored post – I have tried to reach someone at Ninja with no success – but this I could not wait to show you.
We camp seasonally and often eat out when not cooking on the grill. I was getting tired of eating out and definitely tired of spending that money unnecessarily. And half the time my kids would rather eat the more kid type meals anyway. A friend of mine recently purchased the Ninja Cooking System and I knew I just had to have one. Besides when we are camping – I work many hours at work then of course blogging so spending hours cooking is definitely not something I wish to do. I have plenty of crockpots and use them often but this is so much more.
In the Ninja Cooking System you can use it like a stove top, slow cooker or oven. Since this isn’t an official review of the product – I will not go into great detail. But there are many reviews on many sites and they are overwhelmingly 5 stars. Maybe Ninja will see this and decide to give me one – then I don’t need to bring mine back and forth to the camper every weekend – I would love to have one at the camper and one at home. Problems solved all the way around.
Today however, I will speak about spaghetti and meatballs. Never has it ever been so easy to make a meal. Granted – spaghetti and meatballs are not a difficult meal to begin with but this is pretty much “set it and go” type of cooking. I don’t need to stand over it and make sure the noodles don’t boil over; I don’t need to warm up the meatballs separately – throw it all in together.
When you purchase the Ninja Cooking System you also get a cookbook (or at least I did) and this recipe is in there. However, I can tell you I do it a little differently.
First I dump in a full regular size jar of spaghetti sauce – not the extra large jar.
Then I fill that same empty jar with water and pour it in – 1 1/2 jars worth of water.
Are you exhausted from all the steps yet? Yup that takes about a full 30 seconds not counting your walk to the cabinet to get the jar. Then take a pound of spaghetti and “plop” it in. You can leave it whole or break it in half – no problem either way.
You can either cook from here or you can add meatballs. Since Anthony is a huge fan of meatballs I added approximately 20 small frozen meatballs.
Put the Ninja Cooker on the OVEN feature, at 250 degrees for a half hour. I did open it after about ten minutes to separate the pasta and stir it a little, then approximately ten minutes later to stir. I will warn you that it is literally boiling and you can easily get burned with the splashing so be careful.
But the end result is awesome and easy – check this out. Have a piece of buttered Chiabatta bread with it and enjoy. My husband likes to add a little extra sauce to his afterwards but the rest of us like it the way it is. And it is scalding hot so it takes a little while before it is cooled down enough to eat.