Cooking with Manuela: Italian Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

 Nothing like a plate full of scrumptious homemade Italian meatballs (polpette) to make your lunch or dinner special

You can never go wrong with a nice plate of meatballs. In Italy meatballs are generally served as a secondo piatto, with vegetables on the side and a slice or two of fresh bread to soak up all the sauce. 
There are several ways to make meatballs. Here is the most traditional and well-known. For this recipe you can use any type of ground meat that you refer. beef would be the traditional choice, but these are also great with ground veal or pork, or any combination of the three.

These can be stored in the refrigerator, covered for up to three days … that’s assuming you have any leftovers! 

As you will see down here, this recipe comes from my NEW COOKBOOK. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook I’m sure you’ve seen that The Complete Italian Cookbook was just released this week. Super exciting! After months of work, it is finally out in the world. From coast to coast across the U.S. and beyond, my book is now available for sale .. and ready to join you in your kitchen. Make sure to check it out here, and grab a copy for yourself and let me know what you think.

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YIELD: 4 servings

    • 1 lb ground meat
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    • salt to taste
    • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
    • dried oregano to taste


From “The Complete Italian Cookbook – Essential Regional Cooking of Italy”

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