Spaghetti and Meatballs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Meatballs:

2 slices soft white bread, torn into pieces

1/2 cup milk 

1 pound ground beef 

8 ounces ground pork 

1 egg, lightly beaten 

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 

2 teaspoons granulated garlic 

2 teaspoons granulated onion 

2 tablespoons grated pecorino, plus 1/2 cup for topping 

Kosher salt and ground black pepper 

1/4 cup olive oil 

Pasta and Sauce:

8 ounces spaghetti

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 

2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes 

1 cup chicken broth 

1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter 

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil and parsley mix, plus for garnish 

1 cup grated pecorino, plus for garnish 

Kosher salt and ground black pepper 

Directions

  1. For the meatballs: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Combine the bread with the milk in a large bowl. Let soften for about 1 minute, then mash to a paste with a fork. Add the beef, pork, egg, Worcestershire, granulated garlic, granulated onion, 2 tablespoons pecorino, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix until well blended. Form into twelve 2-inch balls (about 1/4 cup each) and place on a plate or tray.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sear the meatballs on all sides until a crust forms, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking dish.
  4. Bake until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. For the pasta and sauce: In a large pot, cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  6. To a pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, tomatoes, broth, butter, and basil and parsley. Simmer until the tomatoes are soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the pecorino to help thicken the sauce, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in the cooked pasta and top with the meatballs. Garnish with some more pecorino and basil-parsley mix.