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Spaghetti And Meatballs

One of my favorite foods!

Prep
Cook
Serves 6people
Ingredients
for the meatballs
1/2
lb ground veal
1/2
lb ground pork
1
lb ground beef
1
cup fresh white bread crumbs (4 slices, crusts removed
1/4
cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
2
tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2
cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2
tsp kosher salt
1/2
tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4
tsp ground nutmeg
1
extra-large egg, beaten
vegetable oil
olive oil
for the sauce
1
tbsp good olive oil
1
cup chopped yellow onion (1 onion
1 1/2
tsp minced garlic
1/2
cup good red wine, such as Chianti
1
can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes, or plum tomatoes in puree, chopped
1
tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2
tsp kosher salt
1/2
tsp freshly ground black pepper
for serving
1 1/2
lb spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
freshly grated parmesan
Directions
1.
Place the ground meats, both bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, salt, pepper, nutmeg, egg, and 3/4 cup warm water in a bowl. Combine very lightly with a fork. Using your hands, lightly form the mixture into 2-inch meatballs. You will have 14 to 16 meatballs.
2.
Pour equal amounts of vegetable oil and olive oil into a large (12-inch) skillet to a depth of 1/4-inch. Heat the oil. Very carefully, in batches, place the meatballs in the oil and brown them well on all sides over medium-low heat, turning carefully with a spatula or a fork. This should take about 10 minutes for each batch. Don't crowd the meatballs. Remove the meatballs to a plate covered with paper towels. Discard the oil but don't clean the pan.
3.
For the sauce, heat the olive oil in the same pan. Add the onion and saute over medium heat until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the wine and cook on high heat, scraping up all the brown bits in the pan, until almost all the liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, parsley, salt, and pepper.
4.
Return the meatballs to the sauce, cover, and simmer on the lowest heat for 25 to 30 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through. Serve hot on cooked spaghetti and pass the grated Parmesan.

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