She: "Mom, can you make spaghetti & meatballs, please?"
Me: "Sure, never a problem"
Me: "Time for supper, how many meatballs would you like?"
She: "Just one, I don't really like meatballs."
Did you roll your eyes when you read that reply, just as I rolled my eyes when she gave that reply? Thank goodness for the gaggle of teens coming over about 9pm after a day of paintballing in the forest. That hungry crew ate the rest of the pot of spaghetti & meatballs. Not a speck left over for my lunch, just a pile of dirty plates and bowls plus well drained milk glasses.
When the meatballs are browned on all sides but not yet cooked through, I transfer them to paper towel lined plate to drain. Next I add the meatballs to my pot of sugo to finish cooking. After the meatballs have been in the sugo for about thirty minutes, I will cook the pasta. I place the drained pasta back into the cooking pot and pour the meatball/sugo over, stirring gently to combine. In my house pasta is always served with a generous grating of fresh parmesan cheese.
I will make for supper what my kids request, even if after I cook they declare in their fickle youth that they don't really like that requested meal. I allow them their foibles just as they allow me mine.