Real Meatballs and Spaghetti
|For the meatballs|
|1/2 lbGroud veal|
|1/2 lbGround pork|
|1 lbGround beef|
|1 CupWhite bread crumbs; 4 slices, crusts removed|
|1/4 cupSeasoned dry bread crumbs|
|2 TbspFlat-leaf parsley; Fresh, chopped|
|1/2 cupParmesan cheese; Freshly grated|
|1/2 tspPepper, black; Freshly ground|
|1/4 tspGround nutmeg|
|1 Extra largeEgg; Beaten|
|For the sauce|
|1 TbspOlive oil|
|1 CupYellow onion; Chopped|
|1 1/2 tspGarlic; Minced|
|1/2 cupRed wine; Good stuff, such as Chianti|
|28 ozCrushed tomatoes|
|1 TbspFlat-leaf parsley; Chopped, fresh|
|1 1/2 tspSalt|
|1/2 tspPepper; Freshly ground|
|1 1/2 lbsSpaghetti; Cooked according to pkg|
|Parmesan cheese; Freshly grated|
Real Meatballs and Spaghetti Preparation
Place the ground meats, both bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, salt, pepper, nutmeg, egg, and 3/4 cup warm water in a bowl. Combine very lightly with a fork. Using your hands, lightly form the mixture into 2-inch meatballs. You will have 14-16 meatballs.
Pour equal amounts of vegetable oil and olive oil into a large (12 inch) skillet to a depth of 1/4". Heat the oil. Very carefully, in batches, place the meatballs in the oil and brown them well on all sides over medium-low heat, turning carefully with a spatula or a fork. This should take about 10 minutes for each batch. Don't crowd the meatballs. Remove the meatballs to a plate covered with paper towels. Discard the oil but don't clean the pan.
For the sauce, heat the olive oil in the same pan. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the wine and cook on high heat, scraping up all the browned bits in the pan, until almost all of the liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, parsley, salt, and pepper.
Return the.meatballs to the sauce, cover, and simmer on the lowest heat for 25-30 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through. Serve hot on spaghetti and pass the parmesan.
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