Quebec Grain-Fed Veal Meatballs in Tomato and Fresh Basil Sauce

Type of cut: ground veal

Yield: 4 servings

Degree of difficulty: easy

Preparation: 30 minutes

Cooking: 2 hours

Cooking method: simmering

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Ingredients

Meatballs
  • 700 g (1 1/2 lb) ground Quebec Grain-Fed Veal
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 slices of bread without the crust
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) 2% milk
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 pinch of salt and pepper
Tomato sauce
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 can 796 ml (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) sugar
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F).
  2. In a bowl, mix the ground grain-fed veal with the onions and garlic.
  3. Soak the bread in milk and add to the mix.
  4. Add basil, season with salt and pepper and make 12 meatballs.
  5. Place the grain-fed veal meatballs on a cookie sheet lightly oiled or covered with parchment paper.
  6. Put in the oven and brown the meatballs on all sides, turning occasionally.
  7. Set aside.
Tomato sauce
  1. In a saucepan, heat olive oil and brown the onions and garlic on low for 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes, sugar and basil, then salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil and incorporate the grain-fed veal meatballs.
  4. Cover and simmer for 2 hours while stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve on pasta of your choice.

Wine pairing

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