SpaghettiOs For the Grown-up's Table
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Serves: 8 Servings
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp coarsely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes, plus more
  • fine grain sea salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • 5 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 lb ground beef chuck (20% fat)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely grated
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 Tbsp natural sugar
  • 4 large sprigs basil
  • 12 ounces anelletti, ditalini, or other short tubular pasta
  1. Purée tomatoes in a food processor until mostly smooth; set aside
  2. Whisk panko, cheese, oregano, garlic powder, ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes, and 1½ tsp. sea salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk in egg and cream. Add the beef and mix with your hands until just combined, being careful not to overwork (if packed too firmly, meatballs will be dense).
  4. Form into 1"-diameter balls (you should have about 24); transfer to a plate.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet, over medium-high.
  6. Cook the meatballs, turning occasionally until lightly browned on all sides but not fully cooked through (~ 5 minutes). Transfer to another plate.
  7. Cook onion and garlic in a skillet, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent and begins to soften (~ 5 minutes) season with salt and pepper.
  8. Add tomato paste and cook until brick red (~ 1 minute)
  9. Add paprika and a pinch of red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant (~ 1 minute)
  10. Add sugar, basil, and reserved tomato purée. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce is slightly reduced and flavors have melded (~ 20 minutes)
  11. Add meatballs and any accumulated juices; continue to cook until meatballs are cooked through, 5–10 minutes.
  12. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain and return to pasta pot. Pour sauce and meatballs over pasta and stir to combine.
  13. Transfer to a platter and top with cheese.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅛ Total Recipe Calories: 304 Fat: 9 g Carbohydrates: 39 g Sugar: 8 g Protein: 19 g
Recipe by Veggies By Candlelight at