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Bobby Flay’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

posted: 04/14/15
by: Jaden Hair
Bobby Flay's spaghetti and meatballs
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What's better than this Italian speciality?
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This is got to be the best $12 dinner for a family of 4! This recipe is from Bobby Flay's book, based on his popular series, Throwdown on the Food Network. The cookbook, appropriately named Bobby Flay's Throwdown, contains more than 100 recipes, both Flay's version and the challenger's version.

Last week, we tried the Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe (Bobby Flay's version) - the boys had fun rolling and shaping the meatballs! We made way more than enough, and the extra meatballs went straight to the freezer for next time.

Tip: If you want to freeze meatballs, first place the meatballs on a baking sheet or plate on single layer. Freeze. When frozen, you can gather up the meatballs and put them in a freezer bag to store in freezer. This helps keep meatballs separate when frozen.

Bobby Flay's Spaghetti and Meatballs

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay's Throwdown Cookbook by Bobby Flay with Stephanie Banyas and Mariam Garron (copyright 2010 Clarkson Potter)

Serves 4 to 6

Meatballs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 large eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
12 ounces ground beef chuck
4 ounces ground veal
4 ounces ground pork
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
About 6 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs

Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium Spanish onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 (28-ounce) cans plum tomatoes and juices, pureed in a blender
1 small cubanelle (or cubano or banana) chile
8 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish

1 pound spaghetti, cooked al dente
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. To make the meatballs, heat the 2 table-spoons oil in a small saut? pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft, about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

2. Whisk the eggs, 3 tablespoons cold water, and the parsley together in a large bowl. Add the garlic, beef, veal, pork, cheese, and salt and pepper and gently mix together until combined. Add the bread crumbs, a table-spoon at a time, until the mixture just holds together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day.

3. Form the meat mixture into 1 1/2 -inch balls. Heat the remaining 1 cup oil in a large saut? pan over high heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the meatballs and fry until golden brown on all sides. Drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.

4. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes, and cook until the onion is soft and the garlic is lightly golden brown on both sides, 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the pureed tomatoes. Make a slit in the side of the cubanelle chile with a paring knife, and add it and the parsley sprigs to the sauce. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Add the meatballs to the sauce, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer until the meat-balls have cooked through and the sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes.

6. To serve, put the spaghetti on a platter and top with the meatballs (use a slotted spoon). Stir the chopped basil into the tomato sauce, and ladle some of the sauce over the spaghetti and meatballs. Top with lots of Parmesan and garnish with basil.