Big Italian Meatballs with Nonna-Approved Tomato Sauce
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This Italian meatball recipe is spectacular! These meatballs are slow cooked in our nonna-approved tomato sauce and make a wonderful addition to any pasta meal.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 7 to 8 meatballs
  • 2 litres of your favourite tomato sauce
  • 4 slices of soft white sliced bread (like Dempsters or Wonder Bread) with the crusts removed
  • 1¾ cups of milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 lbs ground chuck
  • ½ medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1½ tbs fresh basil diced
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1½ tbs chopped Italian parsley
  1. In a medium bowl, soak the bread in the milk for 15 minutes.
  2. Pour the egg yolks on the bread mixture and stir with a fork until you have a soup-like consistency.
  3. In a large bowl, add all remaining ingredients plus the bread mixture.
  4. With clean hands, mix well making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Bring the sauce to a simmer (medium heat) in a large soup pot.
  6. Pickup a portion of the meat mixture (roughly ½ pound) and form into a ball. Repeat until all the meat is used.
  7. Gently drop each meatball into the simmering tomato sauce and cover.
  8. Turn the meatballs over in the sauce every 10 minutes.
  9. Cook for a total of 40 minutes.
  10. Serve hot with your favourite pasta and enjoy!
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