Thursday, July 19, 2012

Spaghetti and The Best Meatballs

Here is a recipe you might want to try next time you have a craving for spaghetti and meatballs.  These are really good meatballs.

Place 2 pounds of ground meat in a bowl.  Add 2 cups of  fresh breadcrumbs.  I made them using my no knead rosemary bread so they would add lots of flavor.
Add 1/2 cup of buttermilk or you can use regular milk.

Add 1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley.

Add 2 beaten eggs and salt and pepper to taste.  I used about 2 tsp. of salt and 1 Tablespoon of pepper.

Mix together just until everything is combined.  The less mixing, the more tender your meatballs will be.  Bake them at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Use tongs to add them to your sauce.

This is  a very good sauce that has been all over the internet and is very simple to make.  Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a heavy pan.  Cut 2 large onions in half and gently saute' them cut side down for 20 minutes.  Add 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes.  I used San Marzano.  Add 3 diced cloves of garlic.  Cook the sauce for 45 minutes and then remove the onions and discard.  Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper and a bit of sugar if your tomato sauce is very acidic. I added 1 tablespoon.

Meatballs in the sauce.

Boil some spaghetti until al dente and ladle some sauce over it and top it with a meatball.   Sprinkle on additional Parmesan cheese.