Spaghetti with meatballs – Italian recipe (VIDEO)

Sonia teaches us how to prepare a rich first course beloved by kids and adults: spaghetti with meatballs, one of the most representative dishes of Italian cuisine abroad.


Hi Giallozafferano viewers, today we’ll be preparing a very tasty first course: do you remember the spaghetti with meatballs that Lady and the Tramp romantically shared in that Italian restaurant in the famous cartoon? Yes, that’s it! It’s a substantial meal, which might be considered as a single course, and your kids will definitely like it.

But let’s see together how to make it:
1,8 oz (50 g) of Bologna / 1 medium egg
3,5 oz (100 g) of minced pork meat
3,5 oz (100 g) of sausage
2 tbsp of chopped parsley
½ cup (50 g) of grated Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup (30 g) of crumb of a stale loaf
Powdered nutmeg /pepper to taste

With regard to the sauce:
3 cups (750 ml) of tomato puree
½ onion / 1 clove of garlic / salt to taste
3-4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
11,5 oz (320 g ) of spaghetti

Let’s make together the spaghetti with meatballs:
First of all, I’ve minced with a mixer the bologna and the bread, which as you can see has been reduced to crumbs. In this bowl I’ve put the minced pork meat and the sausage, removed from its casing, and now I’m going to add all the other ingredients, the bread… the bologna… the parmesan cheese… the parsley… the nutmeg… the pepper… and the egg. Now add a pinch of salt and knead everything until you obtain a homogeneous mixture.
The dough for the meatballs is ready, now let it rest for 5 minutes while we’ll prepare the sauce. In this pot I’ve put 3-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and I’ve added the chopped onion and garlic; once they’re golden brown, add the tomato puree. Let it come to a boil, in the meanwhile we can prepare the meatballs.
While the tomato sauce is simmering, we apply ourselves to making the meatballs, so take some of the dough and roll it between your hands. Obviously the size of the meatballs can change according to your taste, I prefer to make them not too big. Before adding all the meatballs to the sauce, try with just one to check if it dissolves while cooking. So, while the sauce is simmering, add one meatball and wait few seconds to see if it remains compact or not. Then take it out with a skimmer and we can see that it’s still nice and compact, so we can add all the other. Let them simmer on a very very low flame for at least 30-40 minutes, so that the sauce becomes flavoursome.
Our meatballs with sauce are ready, here they are, beautiful and fragrant. I’ve brought plenty of salted water to a boil and now I’ll cook the spaghetti. Once they are al dente, you can season them with our meatballs with sauce.
Our spaghetti with meatballs are finally ready; if you want to follow the true spirit of Lady and the Tramp, remember to leave the last meatball to your better half. From Sonia and Giallozafferano, bye and see you next video recipe.

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