Spaghetti with Meatballs

Angela Pietrantonio

By
@mrsjoepie

I saw this recipe one evening on the cooking channel with Michael Symon. This is his mother and grandmother's recipe, it looked so delicious, so of course I just had to try and so happy I did, it's fantastic. The meatballs are just out of this world, as are the ribs and sauce! Fantastic!

recipe source~ cookingchanneltv.com

Rating:
★★★★★ 3 votes
Comments:
Serves:
8
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
8 Hr

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS: MEATBALLS

1/3 c
olive oil
1 clove
garlic, minced
1
shallot, minced
1 1/2 c
diced day old wheat bread
1/4 c
milk
1 1/2 lb
ground beef
3/4 c
ricotta
1/2 c
fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 c
fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 c
grated parmesan
1 tsp
salt
1 large
egg

YIA YIA'S NEAPOLITAN SAUCE

1/4 c
olive oil
2 lb
baby back ribs, separated
1 large
onion, diced
1 Tbsp
salt
6 clove
garlic, sliced
1 bottle
dry white wine
2
28 ounce cans tomatoes, chopped
3 Tbsp
fresh oregano leaves
1 Tbsp
crushed red pepper
1
bay leaf
1
2 to 3 inch parmesan rind

SPAGHETTI

kosher salt
1 lb
spaghetti
15
fresh basil leaves, torn
1 to 2 Tbsp
butter
1/4 c
grated parmesan

Step-By-Step

1SAUCE:

In large Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the ribs and brown about 4 minutes each side. Add the onions and sprinkle with salt. Cook about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 3 minutes.
2Add white wine, tomatoes, oregano, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, and Parmesan rind. Bring to simmer, reduce to low and cook up to 8 hours reducing sauce by 1/3.
3MEATBALLS:

In small fry pan, add 1 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Soak the bread crumbs in medium bowl.
4Combine the beef, ricotta, basil, parsley, Parmesan, salt, egg, shallots and garlic in large mixing bowl. Add the bread crumbs. Mix thoroughly until combined.
Form the meat mixture into 2 inch meatballs. In large frying pan, heat remaining oil and brown meatballs on all sides.
5Place meatballs in Yia Yia's sauce and simmer for 30 minutes.
6SPAGHETTI:

In large pot, lightly salt water and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

Add a cup or two to a large frying pan and add pasta, basil leaves, Parmesan, and butter. Toss to coat. Transfer to serving platter and serve with sauce, meatballs and ribs.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Other Main Dishes, Pork
Regional Style: Italian