I Lost My Poor Meatball

On top of spaghetti, 
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball, 
When somebody sneezed.

I cannot recall when I first heard this opening stanza to the classic ditty, On Top of Spaghetti, but I could not have been more than five years old. It is so burned into my memory that when I hear the tune to “On Top of Old Smokie”, I cannot help but hear these lyrics.

It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It is just so visual. I can see it now. Poor little guy. Here is where my memory starts to get fuzzy on the lyrics.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

Lucky for me I have two boys who are in Boy Scouts. They sings these kind of songs at every meeting.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer, 
It grew into a tree.

Ah the hopes of youth. A meatball tree. Sounds fantastic, but in reality, you might get a bit tired of them.

The tree was all covered,
All covered with moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
And tomato sauce.

Moss and sauce….um…yum?

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball,
Whenever you sneeze.

If you cannot get it out of your head now, I’m sorry. Just start from the beginning again. OR……in honor of today’s recipe…..sing it in Russian!

На вершине спагетти,
Весь покрытый сыром,
Я потерял мою бедную фрикадельки,
Когда кто-то чихнул.

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This was a simple but good recipe.

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All the ingredients you’d find in stroganoff except with ground meat.

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Meatballs out of the oven.

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Shallots in butter….yum!

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Shrooms in the pan.

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Some add sour cream to red sauce for stroganoff, but this is the sauce I’ve always known.

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The meatballs are in and I had started to add some spaghetti (to coat the noodles) and thought…OOPS! I need one more photo!

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Meaty and hits the spot.

Beef Stroganoff Meatballs

Prep Time: 40 minutes | Cook Time: 40 minutes | Makes: 4


  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large shallots, diced small
  • 1 pound ground beef chuck (80% lean)
  • 1 pound mushrooms, such as button or cremini, trimmed and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, divided


1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 2 1/2 cups pasta water; drain.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs, milk, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In a large heavy pot, melt butter over medium. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; transfer 1/4 cup shallots to breadcrumb mixture, along with beef and stir until just combined (do not overmix). Form into 1-inch balls and place, 1 inch apart, on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until browned and cooked through, about 7 minutes, turning halfway through.

3. Add mushrooms to pot with remaining shallots and cook, stirring, over medium until mushrooms are softened, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add reserved pasta water, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, and bring to a rapid simmer. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and 2 tablespoons dill. Add meatballs and toss to coat. Divide pasta among four bowls and top with meatballs, sauce, and remaining 2 tablespoons dill.

Source: http://www.marthastewart.com/945260/beef-stroganoff-meatballs

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Categories: Beef, Low Carb, Pasta, Recipes, Russian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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5 Comments on “I Lost My Poor Meatball”

  1. August 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    I love the recipe and my 3 boys love the song….Singin it in Wisconsin while doing chores!


  2. August 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Wow, Beef Stroganoff Meatballs! That’s an awesome idea you have there. I can’t wait to try it out myself, as I’m a huge fan of beef stroganoff.


  3. August 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Most of my life I only had so-so meatballs. Then, I had some really killer ones somewhere and I understand.

    I am not very good in the kitchen, but I will try this recipe sometime.


  4. August 30, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Meatballs are a favorite at our house. I had to laugh when I saw the lyrics to the song – my husband and I were trying to remember them recently.


  5. August 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses and commented:


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