Serve in warmed pasta bowls with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese to sprinkle over top.
- Portion size 6 servings
- Credits : Pasta by the Season: 2004
- 2 extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 onions , finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
- 1 cup coarse fresh bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
- 8 oz lean ground beef
- 8 oz lean ground pork
- 1/2 cup dry red or white white or chicken stock
- 1 can (796 mL) diced tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cup crushed canned tomatoes
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 lb (750 g) spaghetti
MethodIn large nonstick skillet, heat half of the oil over medium heat; fry onions and garlic, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Scrape into bowl.
In large bowl, whisk together egg, ricotta cheese, fennel seeds, 1/4 tsp (4 mL) of the salt, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Stir in bread crumbs, parsley, Romano cheese and half of the onion mixture. Add beef and pork; mix well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Wetting hands if necessary to prevent sticking, form meat mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls (15 mL) into balls. Add remaining oil to pan. Brown meatballs over medium-high heat, in 2 batches; with slotted spoon, transfer to plate. Pour off fat.
Add wine to pan; bring to boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits. Transfer to Dutch oven. Stir in remaining onion mixture, diced and crushed tomatoes, half of the basil (or all dried, if using), the sugar and remaining salt. Add meatballs. Cover and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30minutes. Transfer to refrigerator and let cool completely. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1month.)
Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti until tender but firm, 8 to 10 minutes; drain and return to pot.
Add about 1 cup (250 mL) of the sauce to pasta; toss to coat. Serve with remaining sauce and meatballs spooned over top. Garnish with remaining basil.
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Protein 37 g
- Calories 781.0
- Total fat 23 g
- Cholesterol 91 mg
- Saturated fat 8 g
- Total carbohydrate 105 g
- Iron 46.0
- Folate 92.0
- Calcium 21.0
- Vitamin A 21.0
- Vitamin C 58.0