Tomato Sauce and Meatballs

This is another one of Nonna’s recipes.

Tomato Sauce

  • Coat the bottom of the pot in olive oil
  • Add 1/2 chopped onion
  • Heat on medium, shaking to stir. Cook until translucent. DO NOT BURN.
  • Switch to low heat
  • Add 4-5 28oz cans San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes
  • Blend everything using a hand blender (if you don’t have one you can use a regular blender, but seriously: treat yourself to a hand blender)
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  • Add 1tbsp salt
  • Add a clump of fresh basil (Do not chop! This gives it a more natural basil flavor, unlike the harshness of the basil in store-bought sauces.)
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  • Low simmer for 2-3 hours, with the cover on loosely (i.e. tilted a little bit)
    • Stir every 20 minutes.
    • If you’re making meatballs too, start now because we cook them in the sauce!
  • Scoop the basil out, discard
  • Eat!
  • If the sauce comes out bitter or acidic, you probably burned it. Next time, use lower heat! You can make what you have edible by adding a little butter and a very, very, very small amount of sugar, though it won’t be as good as if it hadn’t been burned in the first place.

Meatballs

  • Mix:
    • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
    • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • Moisten the breadcrumbs
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  • Add 2-2.5 lb 85-90% lean ground beef
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  • Add:
    • Generous amount of pepper
    • Diced parsley
  • Add 2 eggs
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  • Mix
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  • Roll into meatballs (~6cm diameter)
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  • Put into sauce to cook.
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  • Wait, you don’t cook the meatballs in the oven? Or a pan?? Just raw balls of meat in sauce?!?
    • Correct! Doing it like this takes much longer but the patience is worth it 🙂
  • When stirring, be careful not to smush the meatballs together! Put the spoon down the side of the pot and then gently stir

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