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New and Old Favs: Martha Stewart Recipes and A Cup Of Jo Blog

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Now that I’m done studying for the LSAT (hallelujah), I plan on hosting a lot more Sunday night suppers.  Anyone else obsessed with these meatballs?  To be fair, Martha Stewart’s whole Italian inspired summer menu looks amazing, but truthfully, too ambitious for me.  Maybe instead of the penne frittata, I could substitute it with a side of panfried ravioli.  And in lieu of making my own tomato sauce, I could warm up a jar of San Marzano arrabiata sauce.  This is coming together nicely.  Click below the fold to see the full meatball recipe.  Warning: Prep time is 50 minutes.  I might not last that long over a skillet.


Serves 10 to 12

  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil
  • 12 ounces ground beef chuck (85 percent lean)
  • 12 ounces ground pork
  • 12 ounces ground veal
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup plain fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Garnish: chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Make the sauce: Combine tomatoes, garlic, oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and the red-pepper flakes. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Make the meatballs: Combine meats, garlic, breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, eggs, 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl; mix together using 2 forks until just combined. Roll into 1-inch balls; transfer to a baking sheet.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Working in batches and adding more oil as necessary, cook meatballs until browned on all sides and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Add basil to tomato sauce. Serve meatballs warm, topped with sauce. Garnish with parsley.

Written by doorr

June 3, 2010 at 12:20 am

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  1. The recipes sound delicious. I love making meatball, it’s my family favourite dish.


    June 3, 2010 at 6:45 am

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