What you need
2 slices bread, any kind, with crust
2 to 4 tablespoons chicken broth or milk
700 grams minced mutton or beef
1 large egg
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, more for garnish
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 onion, minced
7 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 kg tomatoes, pureed
500 gm whole wheat spaghetti.
What you should do
1. Place bread in a large bowl and sprinkle with broth or milk until soaked. Allow to sit 5 minutes, then squeeze out and discard most of the liquid; crumble bread. Add turkey, beef, egg, 1/2 cup parsley, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, salt, pepper, half the onion and a third of the minced garlic. Mix well and form into golf-ball-size balls (about 24).
2. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Sauté meatballs until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, set aside.
3. In a large saucepan, combine remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, remaining minced onion and remaining minced garlic. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, bring to a simmer, and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes, breaking up tomatoes with a wooden spoon.
4. Add meatballs to pan of sauce. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil, and cook pasta until al dente. To serve, drain pasta and divide among four to six bowls. Top with meatballs and sauce, and garnish with parsley and Parmesan. Yield: six servings.
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