Puree first 5 ingredients in blender in batches until almost smooth. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add tomato mixture. Cover and boil 10 minutes to blend flavors and thicken slightly, stirring occasionally. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.).
Combine ground beef and next 6 ingredients in large bowl. Add 1/2 cup cooled tomato sauce and stir until well mixed. Using hands, form 1 rounded tablespoonful meat mixture into ball. Optional: Insert 1/4 t. capers into center of meat; reshape meatball. Repeat with remaining meat mixture and capers.
Bring sauce to simmer over medium heat. Add meatballs to sauce. Cover and simmer until meatballs are cooked through, about 20 minutes.
I leave out the capers when I make the meatballs. You can also use canned crushed tomatoes instead of fresh, if you must!
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (410g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 357 (69%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 39.7g||53 %|
|Saturated Fat 13.7g||69 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 16.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 3.1g|
|Cholesterol 146.4mg||45 %|
|Sodium 117.2mg||4 %|
|Potassium 988.1mg||26 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 11.3g||3 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.2g||13 %|
|Sugars, other 8.1g|
|Protein 28g||40 %|
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Calories per serving: 514
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