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Rigatoni with Meatballs and Sauce Recipe

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Harriet (Gray) Stallings


1 to 1.25 lb lean ground beef
2 slices of white bread
2 T Parmesan cheese
1 egg
salt and pepper (to taste)
2 T parsley flakes
1/4 of a small onion (finely chopped or minced)
2 garlic cloves minced
**2 T olive oil (for frying only)

2 15oz cans tomato sauce
1 15 oz can tomato puree
1 can water
2 bay leaves
2 T Italian seasoning
1 T oregano
2 T sugar (add at end of cooking)

1 lb. Rigatoni

1. In a large bowl, add all meatball ingredients (except for olive oil) and mix with hands. Scoop about 2 heaping T of meat mixture into hands, roll and form into meatballs. Should make about 20.
2. Heat olive oil in large pot or Dutch oven for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Add meatballs to pot and brown for about 10 to 12 minutes, rotating often until no longer pink on the inside.
3. Add and stir all sauce ingredients (except for sugar) to meatballs in large pot.
4. Bring to low boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 and a half hours. Remove bay leaves and add sugar. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
6. According to "al dente" instructions, prepare rigatoni and drain.
7. Serve sauce and meatballs over rigatoni.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6 to 8
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
2 hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
**This recipe is based off of my Nana Marco's spaghetti and meatballs. My mom would always let me "test" a meatball before she added the sauce ingredients! Leftovers freeze well!




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