Emeril's Spaghetti and Meatballs

Emeril's Spaghetti and Meatballs
Emeril's Spaghetti and Meatballs

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    T. bacon drippings or olive oil

  • 1

    c. diced onions

  • 1 1/2

    tsp. chopped garlic

  • 1/4

    tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1

    (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 2

    (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 1/2

    (6-ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1/2

    tsp. dried basil leaves

  • 1/4

    tsp. dried oregano leaves

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 12

    ounces ground chuck

  • 8

    ounces ground pork sausage

  • 2

    T red wine

  • 1

    large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1/2

    c. minced green onions, white parts only

  • 1

    tsp. minced garlic

  • 2

    T chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • 3

    T grated Parmesan

  • 1/2

    tsp kosher salt

  • 1/4

    tsp. freshly ground black pepper

  • 1

    tsp. Essence

  • 1

    pound spaghetti, cooked, drained and tossed with olive oil

Directions

Heat the bacon drippings (or olive oil) in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until softened and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Season the sauce with the basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Place the remaining ingredients, except spaghetti, in a large mixing bowl. Mix together just until combined. Form meatballs by rolling meat mixture into 1 tablespoon-sized balls. Place meatballs on a plate as they are formed. (Hint: If your hands are slightly damp, the meatballs will roll more easily without sticking.) Place the balls into the simmering sauce 1 at a time. Allow the sauce to return to a simmer, and cook, partially covered. Let the meatballs to rest undisturbed for 25 minutes before stirring. When the meatballs rise to the top, stir gently. Simmer, partially covered, for an additional hour, stirring occasionally to prevent the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Remove the sauce from the heat and serve immediately over cooked spaghetti.

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