Grandma Maroni's Meatballs and Sauce
Try chef Mike Maroni's family recipes when you're craving classic Italian fare.
- Olive oil or nonstick cooking spray
- 1 pound ground beef chuck
- 1 1/2 cups finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese
- 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 small onion, grated
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- Coarse salt
- 1 pound spaghetti
- Maroni's Tomato Sauce
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, julienned
- Freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together beef, cheese, 1 cup breadcrumbs, eggs, milk, herbs, onion, and garlic; season with salt. If mixture seems too loose, mix in remaining 1/2 cup breadcrumbs as necessary.
Roll meat mixture into 2 1/2-ounce balls; transfer to prepared baking sheet. Transfer to oven and bake until beef is cooked through and lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt water and return to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente, according to package directions; Drain.
Heat sauce in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Transfer meatballs to sauce and cook for at least 15 minutes. Transfer meat balls and 1 cup of sauce to a bowl and set aside. Remove remaining sauce from heat. Stir in basil and add drained spaghetti; toss to combine. Transfer spaghetti to a large serving platter; top with meatballs and reserved sauce. Serve immediately, sprinkled with cheese.