F & L Market has fresh ground beef for $2.69 a pound. You can also pick up your ground pork to make these company worthy Italian show stopper !
For the Meatballs
  • 3 cups cubed crusty white Italian bread, crusts removed
  • 2 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Pinch of oregano
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 cups Basic Tomato Sauce (Marinara also works well)
For the Stuffing
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
To Serve
  • 1 cup Basic Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Make the meatballs: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  1. Run bread under water and gently squeeze out excess liquid. Transfer bread to a large bowl and add beef, pork, egg, onion, parsley, basil, cheese, and oregano; season with salt. Using your hands, mix until well combined. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions and roll each portion into a large round meatball. Place meatballs in a large baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, combine tomato sauce and two cups of water. Spoon tomato sauce mixture over meatballs until liquid comes three-quarters of the way up the meatballs, adding more water if necessary. Cover baking dish with parchment paper-lined aluminum foil and transfer to oven. Bake meatballs for 1 hour, rotating dish after 30 minutes.
  3. Make the stuffing: In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients. Transfer cheese mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a large plain round tip; set aside.
  4. Remove meatballs from baking dish and discard liquid. Using an apple corer or small knife, cut out a 1/2-inch hole in the bottom of each meatball; fill hole with cheese mixture and transfer meatballs to a large baking dish, hole side up.
  5. Serve: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon tomato sauce evenly over meatballs and transfer to oven. Bake until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes. Top each meatball with a tablespoon of ricotta cheese (it should look like it is oozing from the center) and sprinkle with Parmigiano; return to oven and heat for 3 minutes. Serve immediately.