Spaghetti and meatballs with tomato gravy

Spaghetti and meatballs

 

 

Spaghetti and meatballs with tomato gravy

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
12 ounces ground beef
6 ounces Parmesan, or about 1 1/2 cups
1 bunch fresh parsley
¼ cup bread crumbs
1 egg
Black pepper
1 large onion
3 garlic cloves
6 cups canned crushed tomatoes (a little less than two 28-ounce cans)
3 bay leaves
1 pound spaghetti

Method:

Bring a stockpot of water to a boil and salt it.   Put the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.   Put the ground beef in a medium bowl.   Grate the cheese and put 1 cup over themeat and reserve the rest (about 1/2 a cup).   Chop half a cup of parsley and add all but 2 tablespoons to the meat mixture .   Save the rest of the parsley for another use.   Add the bread crumbs and add in the egg.   Sprinkle with salt and pepper.   Gently mix by hand until all the ingredients are combined.   Raise the heat to medium -high.   Use two teaspoons to drop rounds of the meatball mixture into the skillet, without touching one another if you can help it.   Adjust the heat so that the meatballs sizzle but do not burn. Cook undisturbed until they are lightly browned on the bottom.   This may take about 5 to 6 minutes.   Meanwhile, trim, peel and chop the onion.   Scatter it around the meatballs.   Peel and cut the garlic and put it on top of the onions.  When the meatballs are browned on the bottom and the aromatics begin to soften,  add the tomotoes to the skillet, along with the bay leaves and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.   Adjust the heat so the mixture bubbles gently but steadily, then cover theskillet and cook until the meat has cooked through,  (about 8 minutes).   Remove the lid and let the sauce bubble vigorously to thicken for another 5 to 10 minutes,  essentially while the pasta cooks.   Stir only if needed and carefully if you do.   Add the pasta to the boiling water and stir. Start tasting after 5 minutes.   When the pasta is tender , but not too mushy, drain it, reserving some cooking water.   Return pasta to the pot.

Spaghetti and meatballs with tomato gravy

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