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Grandma's Italian Meatball

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Jessica Gavin
I'm Jessica Gavin, a certified culinary scientist and I like to make simple family friendly recipes while sharing knowledge of food science.
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Grandma's Italian meatball recipe is the ultimate comfort food dish to share! Tender and juicy meatballs are simmered in a simple yet rich tomato sauce and placed over spaghetti noodles or the pasta of your liking.

2HR 30MIN

Total Cooking Time

12

Ingredients
Jessica Gavin
I'm Jessica Gavin, a certified culinary scientist and I like to make simple family friendly recipes while sharing knowledge of food science.
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Ingredients
US / METRIC
Servings:
12
Serves 12
1/4 cup
1 cup
6 cloves
Garlic , minced
2/3 cup
Tomato Paste
2 lb
80/20 Lean Ground Beef
1 tsp
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 cup
Parmesan Cheese , freshly grated
1 cup
Italian-Style Breadcrumbs
to taste
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Author's Notes

You can adapt this recipe for a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the sauce ingredients to the slow cooker and broiled meatballs. Cook on high 3 hours, or 6 hours on low.

Directions

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Step 1
Heat Olive Oil (1/4 cup) over medium low heat and sauté Yellow Onions (1/2 cup) and Garlic (4 cloves) until onions are translucent, 3 minutes.
Step 2
Add Tomato Paste (2/3 cup) and stir well. Add Canned Crushed Tomatoes (7 cups) and simmer 30 minutes.
Step 3
Season tomato sauce with Kosher Salt (1/2 Tbsp) to taste.
Step 4
Combine 80/20 Lean Ground Beef (2 lb) , Large Eggs (2) , Garlic (2 cloves) , Yellow Onions (1/2 cup) , Freshly Ground Black Pepper (1 tsp) , Kosher Salt (1/2 Tbsp) and Italian-Style Breadcrumbs (1 cup) in a large bowl and mix using your hand.
Step 5
Cook a small test piece, taste for the correct seasoning level, correct seasoning if needed.
Step 6
Roll meatballs to the size of a large egg, about 3 ounces in weight.
Step 7
Line a baking sheet with foil. Evenly space the meatballs on the sheet.
Step 8
Set the oven rack to the lower-middle position.
Step 9
Broil and cook the meatballs until browned, about 10 minutes, then turn over. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Step 10
Add meatballs to the tomato sauce. Simmer on low heat for at least 1 ½ hours, checking and stirring every 20 minutes, or as needed.
Step 11
Remove the meatballs from the sauce into a separate bowl, cover to keep warm. Mix the sauce; adjust consistency with small amounts of water if too thick. Correct seasoning if needed.
Step 12
Garnish with Fresh Basil (to taste) and Parmesan Cheese (1/2 cup) .

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