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.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

Reviews (6)

8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: Unrated
02/10/2009
Will you please fix the recipe so that it reads complete?
Rating: Unrated
06/24/2008
Anyone notice how it goes from flat leaf parsley to marjoram?
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02/11/2008
A SLICE OF BREAD, SEE DIRECTIONS #2
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Rating: Unrated
02/04/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
01/24/2008
What is the last line of the recipe? 1 Slice - of what???
Rating: Unrated
11/29/2007
WHEN I SAW THIS SERVES 2, I KNEW I HAD TO TRY IT. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.
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