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Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs

Active time:1 hour, 30 minutes

Start To Finish:3 hours,

Difficulty:

Yield: 6

Source: The Newlywed Kitchen by Lorna Yee and Ali Basye, as found on userealbutter.com

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Ingredients:

FOR THE MEATBALLS
¼ cup whole milk
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (remove crusts first)
½ lb. ground veal
½ lb. ground pork
1 lb. ground beef, (or use all beef)
1 egg
⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
3 Tbs. flat-leaf parsley, chopped
¾ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil for frying
FOR THE SAUCE
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1½ cups diced sweet onion
8 cloves garlic, minced
6 Tbs. tomato paste
¼ cup finely-grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
1 Tbs. fresh oregano, minced
¾ cup fresh basil leaves, torn

Directions:

FOR THE MEATBALLS:

In a small bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in the milk for about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the soggy breadcrumbs, veal, pork, beef, egg, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper, oregano, 2 cloves garlic, and red pepper flakes, if using. Mix together gently and form meatballs about 2 inches in diameter. (Over-mixing the meat will make the meatballs tough.)

Heat the ¼ cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the meatballs until brown on all sides, about 8-10 minutes. You may have to fry them in batches. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.

FOR THE SAUCE:

Heat the ¼-cup olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions and cook until they are golden brown, about 7-8 minutes . Add the 8 cloves garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it darkens in color.  Then add the crushed tomatoes, basil, parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and oregano. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to a simmer and put the meatballs in the pan with the sauce. Let simmer for about an hour. Serve with 1 lb. cooked spaghetti, and pass some parmesan at the table.



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