Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (The Best)
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (The Best)
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Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (The Best)

35 MIN
55 MIN
4 to 6
We can't get enough of these perfectly plump polpettes, a.k.a. Italian-style meatballs. When you get them rolling, we guarantee you’ll have a real (meat) ball.


Tomato Sauce



Tomato Sauce

  1. In a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, lightly brown the garlic in the oil with the bay leaf and red pepper flakes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes. When they begin to break down, coarsely crush the tomatoes using a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.


  1. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the bread until the size of bread crumbs. In a large bowl, soak the bread crumbs in the milk for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and, using your hands, combine well.
  2. Working with lightly oiled hands, shape each meatball using 2 tbsp (30 ml) of the mixture.
  3. Place the meatballs in the tomato sauce, cover and cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat, turning them a few times during cooking. Uncover and continue cooking for 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Serve the meatballs with blanched rapini, pasta or fresh bread.


  1. 4 stars and not 5 only because of the veal. I used adult beef and it was wonderful. Would be happy if you did not promote eating veal, or at least suggest veal as one option and mention the other?

  2. So I made this tonight and the meatballs were amazing! I do however agree with Marina in that you don't need to use veal. I used ground beef. Added some ricotta cheese as well and they were the most tender meatballs. I like the technique of not searing first, saves so much time. You really don't need to eat babies to have tender meat. I also tweaked the sauce by adding some butter. The best.

  3. who with their conscience intact uses veal any more? Shameful. Celebrities like yourself should be using their status to elevate society.

  4. Delicious sauce. My family loved it. Will definitely be making it again soon.

  5. Without a doubt, these are the best meatballs, ever!!! Made them this past weekend and everyone devoured them,while raving that they were better than any restaurant! So easy to make, the real problem is how to make enough of them!!!

  6. I made this yesterday and wow this was the best meatball and sauce I have ever made. Thank you Ricardo for this succulent dish! PS i added a little wine too!

  7. Delicious!

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