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Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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TOMATO SAUCE:

Directions

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  • In a large bowl, using your hands, mix all ingredients until evenly combined, being careful not to overwork (you dont want to compact the meat too much). Put a little oil on your hands and form loosely into golf-ball sized meatballs-do not compress tightly.

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  • Put 3 or 4 tablespoons of olive oil into a large frying pan and heat over medium.

  • Gently add meatballs and brown on all sides; this will take about 15 minutes. Drain on paper towels while you make the sauce.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.

  • Add the onion, garlic, herbs, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook covered until the onion is soft and breaking down, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Add the chicken stock, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, along with the juices and the sugar, and the browned meatballs, and bring to a simmer, and cook for an hour.

  • Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and basil leaves, and taste for seasoning.

  • 15 minutes before meatballs and sauce are done, bring a large pot of water to a boil, then salt generously.

  • Add pasta and cook according to directions, testing one noodle a minute or two early to make sure you dont overcook. Drain noodles well and serve with meatballs.

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