Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Italian Meatballs with Tomato Sauce


The star of this classic Italian dish is always the meatballs.  This recipe focuses on placing all the attention to flavor into the meatballs accompanied with a very simple tomato sauce.   The meatballs are made from a combination of ground beef and pork and blended with onions, garlic, pine nuts, fennel seeds, rosemary, Parmesan Cheese, and breading.

Always a great dish served over Spaghetti.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients: 

Meatballs
1 Onion finely chopped
1/2 Cup Pine Nuts
2 Garlic Cloves chopped
2 Tablespoons Flat Leaf Parsley chopped
1 Teaspoon Rosemary chopped
2 Teaspoons Fennel Seeds grounded
3 Slices White Bread toasted and grated into breadcrumbs
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese grated
2/3 lb. Ground Beef
1/3 lb Ground Pork
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil


Sauce
4 Cups Pureed Tomatoes (passata)
1/2 Red Wine
1 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Flat Leaf Parsley chopped

Step 1: Making the Meatballs - Combine all the ingredients for meatballs in a bowl.  Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste.  Use hands to mix ingredients well. Roll the mixture into golf-sized balls and place on a place or tray (should make about 6-8 meatballs).  Refrigerate the meatballs for 20 minutes or longer. 

Step 2: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat the olive oil in a skillet to medium high heat.  In batches, add the meatballs to the skillet to brown all sides and place on a cookie sheet baking tray lined with aluminum foil.  Place the meatballs into the oven to cook for 20-25 minutes (until cooked all the way through).

Step 3: While the meatballs bake, Place the Pureed Tomatoes and Red Wine in a sauce pan.   Add salt and pepper to taste and bring to a slow simmer.  Stir in the sugar and cook at a slow simmer stirring occasionally for 10-12 minutes. 

Step Four:  When the meatballs are done, add and stir them into the tomato sauce until well coated.  Sprinkle the chopped parsley on to the meatballs with tomato sauce and serve.   A perfect dish to go with spaghetti. 


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