I always wanted to be Italian. It never materialized for me, though. Something about the fact that none of my ancestors were Italian. Details can be so annoying sometimes. Despite my lack of Italian heritage, however, I have to say that my meatballs ain't bad at all. Marlboro Man loves them, and because long, round noodles (some humans refer to them as "spaghetti") are cumbersome and unwieldy, I take the easy road and serve mine with rigatoni.
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Break the bread into chunks . . .
Throw the meat into a large mixing bowl.
Use a scoop to retrieve a small amount of the meat mixture . . . And roll it in your hands to make meatballs (about 25). Place the pan in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, just to firm them up.
Heat the olive oil in a heavy pot over medium-high heat. Working with 8 to 10 meatballs at a time, cook them until brown but not cooked all the way through, 2 to 3 minutes per batch.
Remove from the pan to a plate while you make the rigatoni and sauce.
Add the onion and garlic to the pan. Stir and cook for a minute or two, until the onion begins to soften.
Add the wine and cook for another minute. (Just omit this step if you're not using wine.)
Stir the sauce to combine all the ingredients . . . Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Then throw in the meat-a-balls!
Stir gently, then cover and cook for 20 more minutes, stirring once or twice, until the meatballs are cooked through.
Heap the rigatoni on a large platter and pile the meatballs and sauce on the top. Sprinkle on some extra minced parsley and serve with extra grated Parmesan.
This is a good one, my friends.
I mean . . . i miei amici.
Use leftover meatballs to make Meatball Sliders.
Slice leftover meatballs and use as a pizza topping.