Paletta's Famous Italian Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs
4 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound meat - your choice of pork chops, brisket, veal
chops or chicken (optional)
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste, diluted with 3 cans
1 (28 ounce) can peeled tomatoes, plus 1 can water
Special Spices (available at Paletta's), to taste
Salt, to taste
Dried or canned mushrooms (optional)
1 pound veal, finely ground
1 pound pork, finely
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
grated Parmesan cheese
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Olive oil, to fry
To Finish Meatball Sub
Submarine sandwich rolls
Grated Parmesan cheese
To Finish Spaghetti and Meatballs
1 pound spaghetti
Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
For Sauce: Heat oil in a large saucepan over moderate heat. Add garlic and cook,
stirring often, until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Add meat if desired, and
cook until meat is browned on all sides. Add tomato paste diluted with hot water.
Strain tomatoes through a sieve (or pass through a food mill), and add along with
1 can water. Add Paletta's Special Spices, salt and pepper. Add mushrooms if
desired. (If using dried mushrooms, wash thoroughly and soak in hot water for about
20 minutes. Add mushrooms and the strained water in which they have been soaked.)
Bring to a boil, cook for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to low and let the sauce
simmer gently for 2 hours, skimming off extra fat as it rises to the surface.
For Meatballs: In a large bowl combine the ground veal, ground pork, breadcrumbs,
egg, parsley, cheese, salt and pepper, and enough hot water (about 1/3 cup) to allow
the ingredients to mix well. Gently shape into balls, then cook in sauce or fry
in olive oil, then add to sauce to complete the cooking.
To Finish Meatball Sub: Layer sauce, meatballs and mozzarella cheese on roll,
and top with Parmesan.
To Finish Spaghetti and Meatballs: Add spaghetti and salt to a large pot of boiling
water. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Do not overcook. Put a layer
of spaghetti on a large platter. Add a layer of sauce, then sprinkle with grated
cheese. Repeat two more times, then mix with two forks. Serve, topped with Meatballs
and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
Makes 4-5 servings.
Source: Paletta's Imported Foods & Deli, San Antonio, Texas