Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Many of you may have this recipe already because this is also one of my most requested.  I like to make this for families with a new baby or when someone isn't feeling well.  It makes you feel better!!  Take care with the salt when preparing this recipe.  There is salt in the tomatoes and the meatballs so it is not wise to add any more to the sauce during preparation.  Wait until everything is completely done --then taste to see if you need any additional salt.

Claire’s Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Meat Sauce:
½ medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes (San Marzano type)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
pepper to taste
olive oil

1 pound ground pork
1-2 cloves garlic chopped
½ medium onion chopped fine
½ cup fresh bread crumbs (from French, Italian, or white bread)
½ cup water
2 egg yolks
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspooon pepper
olive oil

Meat Sauce:
Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in large pot over low to med heat. Sauté onion and garlic until soft and slightly golden. Increase heat to med-high and move onions & garlic to edge of pot. Add ground beef and sauté until all pink is gone. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs & spices, pepper, and brown sugar. Stir to combine and simmer for at least a ½ hour.

Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat.
Combine garlic, onion, bread crumbs, water, egg yolks, salt and pepper –mix together with your hands or a fork. Add the pork and mix with hands to combine. Form mixture into ½ -inch to 1-inch balls. Sauté in hot oil, in batches so that pan is not crowded, on all sides until browned. Add to meat sauce as each batch is finished.  Continue to simmer meatballs in meat sauce for at least 15 minutes more.

Half of the onion is chopped fine (left) for the meatballs, the other half just regular chop for the sauce
same thing with the garlic
Don't crowd the pan, please.  See how I didn't fit all the meatballs into the pan?