Rating: 3.53 stars
81 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 5

This classic Italian recipe from chef Daniel Mancini is sure to become a favorite in your home.

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 4131

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Yield:
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen
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Ingredients

For the Sauce
For the Meatballs

Directions

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  • Make the sauce: Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until translucent. Using your hands, crush tomatoes and add to saucepan, along with their juices; stir to combine. Add bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Cover, bring to a boil, and immediately reduce to a simmer.

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  • Make the meatballs: Place beef, cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley, onion, eggs, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Gently mix together by hand to combine. Wet hands with cold water and roll meat mixture into 1 3/4-inch balls.

  • Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches if necessary, place meatballs in skillet. Cook until browned on all sides, but not cooked through. Transfer meatballs to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.

  • Transfer meatballs to sauce and gently stir from the bottom up to coat with sauce. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. Uncover and reduce heat. Continue cooking, stirring every 15 minutes, for 3 hours more. Serve with spaghetti, sprinkled with more cheese, if desired.

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Reviews (5)

81 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: Unrated
10/25/2010
Unfortunately I don't share the same enthusiasm about these meatballs. We made them last night for dinner and both my husband and I felt that they were just ok.
Rating: Unrated
11/27/2009
My husband and I just LOVE this recipe. I've made it several times since seeing it on TV with Martha and Chef Mancini. In fact, I've got some on the stove right now. This recipe is good for 4 meals for the two of us. We will eat it tonight and then for leftovers tomorrow (or the next day) and the other two portions I will freeze today for easy and delicious meals in the future.
Rating: Unrated
11/12/2009
I've made these meatballs a few times and they are the best recipe I've found yet! I think they are just as good as my husband's Grandmother's meatballs that no one can replicate!
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Rating: Unrated
04/22/2009
I found these meatballs in a small grocery on the upper west side. They are fantastic just like my sicilian grandmother's. And so smartly packaged with the sauce. No other frozen meatball gives the sauce. All you need to do is boil pasta and dinner is done. Can't wait to try out this recipe!
Rating: Unrated
04/22/2009
Ive ordered these meatballs from mamamancinis.com and they are AWESOME!!!!