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Polpette Al Sugo – Meatballs In Tomato Sauce

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
500 ml Tomato sauce
250 g Minced beef
250 g Minced pork
1/2 Onion
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce optionally
25 g Parmesan
1 pcs Egg(s)
1/2 cup Oat flakes or 30 g white bread or breadcrumbs
2 tbsp Extra Virgin olive oil
to taste Nutmeg
to taste Salt
to taste Grounded black pepper

Polpette Al Sugo – Meatballs In Tomato Sauce

Features:
  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
Cuisine:
  • 55 min
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

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Meatballs in tomato sauce in Italian classic.  However, meatballs with spaghetti are believed to be invented by Italian emigrants in the USA. Either way, meatballs can be found in cuisines of all countries. And their popularity is obvious: it’s the most convenient way to cook meat of all kinds, and a combination of various meats only enhances the taste and texture of meatballs.

Today we are making Italian meatballs. For this, we are going to need classic tomato sauce. It’s better to make it in large batches and keep in a freezer, so every recipe with this sauce will be easy and quick.

In meatballs, we will add parmesan, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. You can also add greens if you like.

Also, we are going to make a gluten-free version by replacing bread or breadcrumbs with ground oats. The taste will be just as good. But you can also make a classic version with bread or breadcrumbs.

Besides, you can cook meatballs on the stove or in the oven, I’ll explain the details. I usually make them in the oven as it seems more convenient to me. Pan-fried meatballs will make the tomato sauce more meaty. Choose what you like better!

Enjoy!

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Steps

1
Done
10 min

Finely grate the parmesan. In a food processor, process the oats into fine crumbs (not into powder). Coarsely dice the onion in a food processor or with hand.

2
Done
5 min

In a bowl, combine together the minced meat, onion, oats, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, parmesan, egg. Season with salt, black pepper, and nutmeg to taste. Combine well.

3
Done
10 min

Wet your hand and form balls 3-4 cm in diameter.

4
Done
30 min

Pan-fried version

In a pan, cook the meatballs in olive oil until brown on all sides. Add the tomato paste, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover with a lid and cook for 15-20 min. If the sauce is thick, add some water.

5
Done
30 min

Oven-baked version

Line a sheet with parchment paper or foil. Spread the meatballs and bake at 190 degrees until ready (about 25 min).
In a pan, heat the tomato sauce, and transfer the meatballs to the pan. Stir, cover with a lid and let cook together for 5-10 min.
Serve as a main dish, or a side dish together with pasta or other Serve alone or with pasta or any other side dish.

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