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Spaghetti and Meatballs for Two

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Pasta and meatballs in tomato sauce twirl together onto a fork and then dance with your taste buds. All the elements work in concert: The spaghetti is slightly firm in contrast to the tender meatballs, made with beef and pork, and crushed red pepper flakes add fire and spice to the familiar sauce.

  • Servings: 2

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2006

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, pulsed in blender until almost smooth
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 slice (4 inches square and 1/2 inch thick) white bread, crust removed
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated aged pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 8 ounces spaghetti

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil, the red-pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat until garlic is sizzling, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to low; simmer 30 minutes.

  2. Heat milk in a saucepan over low heat until warm; remove from heat. Add bread; turn bread until milk is absorbed.

  3. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out excess milk. Finely chop bread; place in a large bowl. Discard milk. Add meats, cheeses, egg, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, the pepper, marjoram, remaining 1 teaspoon oil and 1/2 teaspoon garlic, and the shallot. Using your hands, mix until just combined. Moisten hands, and roll meat mixture into balls of different sizes: nine 1-inch balls, six 1 1/2-inch balls, and two 2-inch balls. Place on a baking sheet.

  4. Add 2-inch meatballs to simmering sauce. After 5 minutes, add 1 1/2-inch balls. After 5 minutes, add 1-inch balls. Stir.

  5. Meanwhile, bring a large stockpot of water to a boil; add salt. Add pasta; cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain; return pasta to pot. Add 1/4 cup sauce; toss. Serve pasta in bowls with meatballs and extra sauce, and cheese on the side.

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  • RobertadeVera
    10 FEB, 2009
    Will you please fix the recipe so that it reads complete?
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  • mary2327
    24 JUN, 2008
    Anyone notice how it goes from flat leaf parsley to marjoram?
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  • mmsrjs
    11 FEB, 2008
    A SLICE OF BREAD, SEE DIRECTIONS #2
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  • ddonthehill
    4 FEB, 2008
    I am assuming the slice is bread. When I read the recipe, I wondered how much bread they meant to use in the description and then I saw it last in line of ingredients.
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  • LivinginKS
    24 JAN, 2008
    What is the last line of the recipe? 1 Slice - of what???
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  • mmsrjs
    29 NOV, 2007
    WHEN I SAW THIS SERVES 2, I KNEW I HAD TO TRY IT. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.
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