Classic Italian: Cook beef meatballs in tomato sauce

For generations, Italians have taken pride in their families’ recipes for meatballs and tomato sauce. Here, the Meatball Guys pass on their approach to the classic dish.

Classic tomato sauce
Servings:

Makes 7 cups

Ingredients

    • 1 small yellow onion
    • 1 bay leaf (fresh or dry)
    • 1 sprig fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dry
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 28-ounce cans tomatoes

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Beef meatballs
Servings:

Makes about 24 meatballs

Ingredients

    • 2 pounds lean ground beef
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon chile flake
    • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, ground
    • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
    • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon oregano, chopped
    • 1cup fresh ricotta cheese
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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