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Meatballs – Secret Family Recipe

By Chef Jimmy Maddin & Chef Luciano Pellegrini

Summary: Delicious and quick to make secret family recipe for meatballs made with beef and Italian sausage just like Grandma used to make with homemade fresh tomato sauce served on the bed of rotelle pasta garnished with fresh herbs and cheese.

Prep time and Cooking time (duration): 25 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 5

Ingredients for Meatballs:

  • 2 lbs Ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage (filled with cheese and parsley)
  • 1 big onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 3 table spoons Romano cheese
  • 2 Tablespoon of parmesan cheese
  • 11/2 table spoon Italian bread crumbs
  • 7 roma tomatoes
  • 1 egg
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh oregano
  • Fresh Basil

Getting Ready:

Get out these items and utensils: Knife for chopping, 2 frying pan, 2 sauce pans, tong, serving plate
Get from pantry: Olive oil, Italian bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic, onion
Get from refrigerator: Ground beef, Italian Sausage, Romano cheese, parmesan cheese, roma tomatoes, egg, fresh thyme, and fresh basil

Pre-prepare the following:

  • Grate both type of cheese in a separate bowl
  • Boil the water and add salt in it
  • Boil Water in another sauce pan without salt


Prepare tomato sauce:

  1. Put tomatoes in the boiling water without salt
  2. Peel skin of the tomatoes
  3. Put fry pan on medium heat, add olive oil
  4. Add finely sliced onion and finely chopped garlic and sauté.
  5. Add tomatoes and stir.
  6. Sprinkle salt and freshly grounded pepper into mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Prepare meatballs:

  1. In mixing bowl, add beef and Italian sausage
  2. Add 1 clove diced garlic to bowl
  3. Break eggs into bowl with mixture
  4. Add grated 1 tablespoon Parmesan and 1 ½ tablespoon romano cheese to mixture
  5. Add bread crumbs
  6. Knead ingredients in bowl until they are evenly distributed
  7. Heat the oil in the frying pan
  8. Make small meatballs and place in the frying pan
  9. Fry meatballs until they turn  brown
  10. While the meatballs are frying add pasta into the water with salt in it and cook for 6 minutes
  11. Once meatballs were cooked add them into the pan with sauce and cover the pan. Cook for 7 minutes
  12. Add roughly chopped oregano and basil into the pan and stir
  13. When pasta gets cooked pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil

To Serve:

  1. On serving plate, place pasta add meatballs dipped in tomato sauce
  2. Pour tomato sauce on the meatballs thoroughly
  3. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese and romano cheese
  4. Drizzle olive oil on it.

Recipe originally published at ChevLive.com