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RECIPE: Anna’s Veal Meatballs

Dean Zanellhas tweaked his mother's grandmother's recipes for meatballs (below) gnocchi but only slightly. |  Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Dean Zanella has tweaked his mother's and grandmother's recipes for meatballs (below) and gnocchi, but only slightly. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 20, 2012 8:00AM

Simmering the meatballs in tomato sauce renders them oh-so tender and the sauce extra-flavorful. One meatball tip: Don’t use dried bread crumbs from a can.


1 quart tomato sauce (preferably homemade)

3 pounds ground veal

8 ounces grated
Parmesan cheese

8 ounces fresh bread crumbs (from Italian bread, crusts removed)

3 eggs

¼ cup chopped fresh
Italian parsley

Kosher salt and black pepper

Heat tomato sauce over a moderate flame.

Combine remaining ingredients in mixing bowl and with your hands, gently mix together. Form small amount of meat into ball and drop in hot tomato sauce. Cook for 5 minutes or so, then remove and taste; adjust seasoning as necessary.

Form meat into balls about 2 inches in diameter and place in sauce. When all meatballs are in pot, reduce flame to a simmer and cover. Cook meatballs for about 1 hour, from time to time gently scraping bottom of pot to keep sauce from burning.

Remove from heat and serve, or cool and refrigerate. The meatballs taste the best the next day.

Dean Zanella, Rhapsody

Nutrition facts per serving:

134 calories, 6 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 65 mg cholesterol, 6 g carbohydrates, 2 g sugars, 13 g protein, 383 mg sodium, 1 g fiber

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