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Recipe: Red sauce meatballs

Chef Kev is back with a recipe for some delicious red sauce meatballs, perfect for whatever pasta you want to use.
Credit: Chef Kev


Red Sauce


1/2 cup olive oil

3 cups yellow onion, finely chopped

3 Tbsp. garlic, minced

1 tsp. freshly cracked pepper

1 tsp. white pepper

3 bay leaves

6 oz. tomato paste

32 oz. cooked tomatoes, peeled, seeded and pureed

3 cups vegetable stock

1 tsp. Creole seasoning 

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 Tbsp. sugar

1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped

3 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped

3 Tbsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped


Heat oil in a large stockpot. Sauté onions until cooked and translucent, about 10 minutes add garlic and continue to sauté for 2 minutes until your smell that garlicky deliciousness. Add the peppers and bay leaves and continue to sauté for 1 minute.

Add tomato paste and stir thoroughly. Cook until the mixture begins to brown, abut 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for 1 minute.

Add stock and remaining ingredients. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Stir occasionally. 



1 large egg

1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1/4 cup milk

1/3 cup Italian parsley, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup onion, chopped

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

1 Tbsp. Creole seasoning

1/2 lb. ground veal

1/2 lb. ground pork

1/2 lb. ground round

2 quarts Red Gravy


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese, milk, parsley, garlic and onion. Mix thoroughly. Add salt, pepper, and Creole seasoning, and continue to mix.

Crumble meats to combine, but do so lightly. Add meats to egg mixture and mix well.

Lightly shape mixture into gold ball-size meatballs. Be careful to make meatballs loosely. If you pack the tightly, they will become tough. Bake for 20 minutes until cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. 

Remove from oven and simmer in red gravy for 5 minutes. 

Serve with your favorite pasta.

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