Spaghetti & Meatballs: Familystyle

Posted: January 9, 2013 in Dinner
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spaghetti and meatballs familystyle

Serving Size: Serves a table of 6

Ingredients
Meatballs:
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 ½ pounds ground pork
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano, Romano or Asiago cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • Large pinch crushed red pepper
  • Olive oil
Gravy:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced or finely chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 container Pomi strained tomatoes
  • Pinch sugar
  • Fresh ground black pepper
Directions
  1. To make the meatballs, put the ground meats into a large bowl. Grate the onion over the bowl on the side of a large box grater. Add the remaining ingredients (except the olive oil) and mix together with your hands or a large fork until thoroughly combined. Form into 2-inch diameter balls and arrange on a large baking sheet.
  2. Heat a large, deep sauté pan (12 – 14-inches in diameter) over moderate heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan completely and heat for a minute or two before adding the meatballs. Cook until nicely browned on one side; carefully turn the meatballs with tongs or a spatula to brown the other side. Transfer the meatballs to a platter.
  3. Drain the fat from the pan. (Note – if you don’t have a large sauté pan with at least 3 inch sides, fry the meatballs in a sauté pan, in batches if necessary so you don’t crowd the pan. Make the sauce in a separate wide saucepan or soup pot.)
  4. To make the gravy, place the pan back over moderate heat. Add the olive oil, onion and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook the onions until they become very soft. If they begin to brown, add a few tablespoons of water, lower the heat and cover the pan until they’re ready.
  5. Stir in the garlic and cook for a minute, until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, sugar and more salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook 15 minutes.
  6. Put the meatballs into the pan, cover and continue simmering for another 10 minutes or so.
  7. Serve the sauce and meatballs over hot spaghetti or pasta, with plenty of cheese grated over.

http://familystylefood.com/2013/01/spaghetti-and-meatballs-familystyle/

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