Learn how to make meatballs that are light and delicious. This authentic Italian meatball recipe is straight from Italy! They’re so easy to make, and I’ll show you how to cook them two different ways.
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Originally published November 12, 2012
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They say “you learn something new everyday,” so did you know that spaghetti and meatballs is not an authentic Italian dish?
This may or may not be your ‘fact for the day’, but I’d guess that the general public would attribute this dish to the Italians. Italians do make meatballs, but you’ll never see spaghetti and meatballs on an authentic Italian restaurant’s menu. However, I’m not saying you shouldn’t make this, because I make it all the time-my family loves spaghetti and meatballs, but homemade, of course!
Quick and easy, authentic Italian tomato sauce recipe.
The combination of different meats, and breadcrumbs makes these meatballs less dry, and much more tasty than just using one type of meat. If you want to make sauce for the spaghetti, it’s just a matter of adding a few more ingredients! You’ll see how easy it is to learn how to make meatballs, and the sauce to put them in.
Shape into meatballs (whatever size you prefer.)
Cook the Meatballs by Sautéeing them.
Place in a preheated pot or pan with a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil. Begin turning them as they brown on the bottom.
Keep turning them so they color on all sides. If you are using them in tomato sauce, they will continue to cook, so there is no need to make sure they are thoroughly done. Just add some garlic and parsley…
…before adding the tomato sauce. You can see the deliciousness that happens when the meatballs are sizzling!
On the other hand, if you will eat them without further simmering in sauce, make sure they are thoroughly cooked.
Or Cook Them by Simmering in Tomato Sauce.
Alternatively, drop them into simmering tomato sauce and continue to simmer gently for at least another 45 minutes, or an hour. Stir often, and don’t let the sauce get too thick. This way of cooking the meatballs makes them even lighter than the previous option.
Serve the Meatballs as Desired.
If you’d like to serve the meatballs the way they do in Italy, they are served after the pasta course, separately.
However, don’t let this dissuade you from adding the meatballs and sauce to spaghetti.
I will recommend that you mix the spaghetti with the sauce completely before serving in plates or bowls. Putting plain pasta (or any kind) onto a plate and dumping sauce and meatballs on top is never going to taste as good as when the sauce is mixed into the pasta! This 🍝 emoji is all wrong! Cook the pasta until it’s al dente (still a little firm; you don’t want overcooked pasta,) drain, and add the sauce along with a little of the reserved pasta water if needed.
Here’s another authentic Italian pasta sauce recipe with eggplant from Cooking with Manuela.
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