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Sicilian Style Meatballs


1 lb ground beef
1 egg
½ cup Pastene Italian Breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp Pastene Grated Parmesan Cheese plus more for garnish
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped plus more for garnish
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar
1 large onion chopped
1 28 oz can Pastene Tomato Puree
½ cup Pastene Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Pastene Balsamic Vinegar
pinch cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
Pastene pasta of your choice


  • Mix ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper thoroughly in a bowl, and divide into four parts. Shape each quarter into a large meatball.
  • In a medium non-stick frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Place the meatballs in the oil and brown carefully on all sides, and remove from frying pan onto a plate lined with a paper towel. 
  • Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion to the remaining oil in the pan and cook slowly until softened, about 6 to 7 minutes. Add the tomato puree, additional salt and pepper to taste, sugar, vinegar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cover tight, and allow the sauce to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the meatballs to sauce, and cook all together slowly for 20 more minutes. Serve over your favorite pasta and garnish with additional parsley and cheese.

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