Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
Classic recipe for moist flavourful meatballs.
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1 cup milk
- 4 slices firm white bread, thick slices crust removed
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 lb ground veal
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
- kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 4 cups heated pasta sauce (homemade or good jar sauce)
- 1⁄2 lb fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into chunks
- 3 sprigs fresh basil
- 1 lb spaghetti
- Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil for the spaghetti. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and parsley and cook until the vegetables are soft but still translucent, about 10 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and let cool.
- Pour enough milk over the bread in a bowl to moisten and let it soak while the onions are cooling. Combine the meats in a large bowl. Add the egg and Parmigiano and season generously with salt and pepper. Use your hands to squeeze the excess milk out of the bread and add that to the bowl along with the cooled onion mixture. (Hang onto the pan - you'll need it to cook the meatballs.) Gently combine all the ingredients with your hands or with a spoon until just mixed together. Don't overwork or the meatballs will be tough. Divide into 12-14 equal pieces and shape them into 12-14 nice looking meatballs.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Heat a 3-count of oil in the frying pan over medium heat and brown the meatballs on all sides, about 10 minutes. Put them into a baking dish and spoon about half of the tomato sauce over. Shower with the mozzarella and drizzle with olive oil. Put the meatballs in the oven and bake until the meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in the boiling water until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and put it onto a large serving platter. Pour on the rest of the sauce and mix well. Spoon the meatballs on top of the spaghetti and garnish with basil leaves. Serve immediately along with extra cheese.