Recipe courtesy of Can Vilaro

Meatballs and Mushroom Sauce

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Active: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 8 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

Sauce:

Olive oil

2 onions, finely chopped

1/2 liter (2 cups) vegetable stock 

400 grams (about 1 pound) tomatoes, blended or crushed 

250 grams (about 8 ounces) mushrooms 

150 grams (about 5 1/2 ounces) peas 

2 bay leaves 

Almonds, garlic and hazelnuts, crushed together with a mortar and pestle

Meatballs:

2 kilograms (about 4 1/4 pounds) ground meat (pork and beef)

1 egg, beaten 

3 slices bread, soaked in milk

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

All-purpose flour, for coating 

Olive oil

Directions

Special equipment:
a mortar and pestle
  1. For the sauce: Heat some olive oil in a heavy pot. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden.
  2. Add the stock, tomatoes, mushrooms, peas and bay leaves. Cook over low heat for 30 to 45 minutes.
  3. For the meatballs: Meanwhile, Mix the meat together with the egg, soaked bread and some salt and pepper. Shape into meatballs and then roll in flour.
  4. Fry the meatballs in some olive oil in a skillet, then transfer to the sauce.
  5. Add the crushed almond mixture to the sauce and cook for an additional 10 to 20 minutes.
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