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Ricotta adds a lighter texture to these meatballs that are simmered in a spiced-up tomato sauce.
Rach likes to serve these with her Garlic Bread.
Combine the meatball ingredients in a bowl and roll into 2-inch balls. Arrange on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and chill 30 minutes or overnight.
For the sauce, preheat a deep skillet or saucepot over medium to medium-high heat. Add the oil and once hot, melt in the butter. Peel and finely chop or grate the onion and add to the butter once it foams, soften a bit while you peel and chop or thinly slice the garlic, add garlic to onion, stir a minute. Add paste, then vermouth or wine and bring to a bubble. Add tomatoes to sauce and season with chili and oregano, then reduce heat and simmer to thicken a bit.
Preheat oven to 450˚F and place rack in center of oven.
Roast meatballs on lined baking sheet 12-15 minutes until light golden.
Add meatballs to sauce and simmer until ready to serve.
Serve with garlic bread or with pasta of choice.