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Joe's Juicy Meatballs

Serves 6

Originally aired

INGREDIENTS
  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 pound high-quality, grass-fed ground beef with 85% fat content
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 dried red pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can Redpack Crushed Tomatoes in Thick Puree
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400F.

Prepare the meatballs: Put all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Knead everything together with clean hands. You want to feel for the right texture -- It should be soft, but not sopping wet. If it's not soft enough, add 1 more tablespoon of milk.

Once all ingredients are combined, form balls the size of an egg by pushing them into the shape softly in your hands. Do NOT roll the meat into balls on your palms! Baby the meat, form it lovingly into the balls.

Place meatballs on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, remove and reserve.

Prepare the sauce: Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion, and sprinkle the salt over them to bring out their flavor. Break pepper in half to release the seeds and add it to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the can of crushed tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Add parsley. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Carefully add the meatballs to the pan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

Serve meatballs and sauce over spaghetti.

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