A couple of weekends ago, I had to prepare dinner for six guys. I needed a dish that was comforting, delicious, filling, and most importantly, could easily feed a crowd. I decided on classic spaghetti and meatballs. While the tomato sauce requires several hours, the resulting dish is wildly satisfying and not only did the boys love it, but so did I! Ladling out bowls of saucy spaghetti and perfectly juicy meatballs, I felt like a little Italian grandmother. Although there are tons of spaghetti and meatball recipes on the Internet, I chose this one because of some unusual twists. The addition of pancetta subtly flavors the marinara sauce and a half cup of water ensures that the mixture of ground pork, veal, and beef stays moist. I highly recommend you make this rewarding Italian favorite for your loved ones. To do so, get the recipe.
Marinara Sauce: Makes 18-20 meatballs and 2 quarts of sauce.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 pound diced pancetta
2 large Spanish onions, cut into 1/4-inch dice
4 large garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
4 (28-ounce) cans Italian plum San Marzano tomatoes
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, 1/4-inch dice
2 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
Pinch crushed red pepper
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground veal
1/2 pound ground pork
2 large eggs
1 cup grated Parmigiano
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup water
spaghetti, for serving
Makes 18-20 meatballs and 2 quarts of sauce.