Italian Meatballs With Marinara


Yield: 4-6 people
Ingredients for Meatballs
1 lb. ground beef from the chuck
1 lb. ground pork shoulder
1 lb. ground veal
5 cloves minced fresh garlic
tblp. red chili flake
1 tblp. chopped fresh oregano
2 tblp. chopped fresh basil
1 tblp. chopped fresh italian parsley
cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
6 slices of very good white bread (buy at the bakery)
cup half and half
salt and pepper to taste
2 oz e.v.o.o.
Marinara Sauce
2 large cans chopped tomatoes
1 small red onion
2 cloves minced garlic
3 tblp. fresh basil
2 small cans tomato juice
salt and pepper to taste

Place ground meats into large kitchen bowl
Add garlic, herbs, chili flake and cheese to mixture
Place bread on cutting board, remove crust and cut into large dice.
in separate bowl, combine bread and half and half and mix very well until meal consistency
Add to meat mixture.
Season to taste with salt and pepper
Form mixture evenly into meatballs
In large skillet heat oil and brown meatballs on all sides in batches if necessary.
When browned, remove from pan and place on plate lined with paper towel.
Add onions and garlic to pan that meatballs where browned in and saute over medium Heat until translucent.
Add tomatoes and juice and bring to simmer
Add meatballs to pan and cover
Place in 325 degree oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes
While baking, gently rotate meatballs in sauce
Remove from oven and season sauce with salt and pepper if necessary.
Serve with your favorite cut of pasta. Enjoy!

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