A marinara sauce that includes herbs combined with crushed tomatoes, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil mixed with homemade meatballs.
Boil a large pot of water to cook the pasta adding only salt to the water.
Once the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook according to the packaged directions. I prefer to keep the spaghetti a bit al dente since it will be resting for a while until it gets mixed with the sauce and meatballs.
Heat some cooking oil in a pan on medium heat (try not to get the oil too hot). Add the garlic and herbs to the oil and cook until fragrant but not browned.
Add the onions and continue to cook until the onions are translucent.
Gently pour in the canned crushed tomatoes and mix well.
Pour the broth into the pot and let it simmer for about 15 minutes on medium heat.
In the mean time you can cook the meatballs.
Start by grating the onion and place it in a small bowl.
Take the sliced bread and combine it with the grated onion. The bread will dissolve and mix into the juices of the onion. Set this aside.
Combine all of the other meatball ingredients in a bowl (except the cooking oil).
Mix in the onion+bread mixture and combine it all well.
Make small/golf ball sized meatballs (you can make them larger if you prefer) and lay them on a plate. Set them aside and continue to make the marinara sauce.
Heat a pan on medium/high heat with some cooking oil.
Cook the meatballs until all sides have fully browned.
As they finish cooking place them on a plate and set them aside until all meatballs are cooked.
Discard the oil/juices from the pan. I do not like to use these juices, but you are more than welcome to pour it into the marinara sauce with the meatballs.
Add the meatballs, which have been placed on a plate, to the hot marinara sauce. Coat them evenly with the sauce so they are covered with marinara.
Let the meatball marinara simmer on low heat for about 25-30 minutes (the sauce will be thick).
Mix the spaghetti with the meatball marinara. Top with extra virgin olive oil and mix again.
Serve hot with additional parmesan cheese and red chili flakes.
Beef Meatball Substitutions
Recipe Courtesy of The Curry Mommy