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For busy families, finding time to eat together isn’t always easy, but coming together around the dinner table regularly isn’t just about keeping hungry bellies full. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and overall health. Make these meatballs for your next family dinner. Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 Spanish white onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups diced bread (such as baguette) water 2 large eggs 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 1 pound ground pork 1 pound ground veal 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil 3 cups basic tomato sauce Instructions In small saucepan over medium heat, sweat onion and garlic. In large bowl, soak bread in water 1-2 minutes. Strain excess liquid. In separate large bowl, add eggs, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and onion-garlic mixture. Combine then add ground meat, soaked bread, extra-virgin olive oil, parsley and oregano. Mix thoroughly. Divide mixture evenly to form 10-12 meatballs and use hands to roll into shape. In large saute pan over high heat, brown meatballs in grapeseed oil on all sides. Place browned meatballs in separate saucepot with basic tomato sauce. Bring to simmer and finish cooking, about 1 hour. Recipe courtesy of “Family Table by Robert Irvine” on behalf of the Food Marketing Institute Foundation

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