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That’s a Nice Meatball 👌🏻

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Special Thanks to my brother Joe Spica (played the part of Paulie), Emily and Brandon Spriggs( lighting and music)

Antoinette’s Homemade Meatballs in Easy Pasta Sauce

Ingredients for Meatballs

1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground pork

1 egg

1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs

1 cup diced yellow onion

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated, plus more for topping

3/4 tsp. Kosher Salt

1/4 tsp. Freshly Ground pepper

2 tbsp. Fresh chopped Italian parsley

Olive oil, for frying

Ingredients for Sauce

1 tbsp. Olive oil

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

2 ( 8 oz.) jars favorite pasta sauce (I used local Zia’s pasta sauce)

4 cloves garlic, sliced razor thin

2 tsp. dried basil

2 tsp. Oregano

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

1/4 tsp. Freshly ground pepper

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes


Put ground beef and ground pork in a large bowl and add the salt. Using your hands combine the meat. Add the rest of the ingredients to bowl and mix thoroughly. The mixture should be slightly wet and not too sticky). Using your hands, gently form meat into golf ball-sized balls.

Add the olive oil to a sauté pan and heat on medium heat. Add meatballs (6 at a time) at a to the pan and cook until they are evenly browned on all sides. Transfer the meatballs to a paper towel to drain excess grease. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, salt, basil, oregano and black pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft. Add the tomatoes along with their juices, jars of pasta sauce, red pepper flakes and sugar. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until thickened and fragrant, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add meatballs to sauce and allow to simmer for another 30 minutes.

Serve on top of al dente spaghetti noodles and sprinkle with Pecorino Romano cheese!

Enjoy! 👌🏻

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