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Name of Event

The Feast Day of San Gennaro (Januarius)

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The most typical Neapolitan dishes: the famous meatballs in gravy!


Yield 4-6
Preparation time 30 mins
Cooking time 1 1/2 hour
Main Ingredient Beef, Tomato Paste


For the meatballs

300 gr. minced beef 

150 gr. of bread crumbs 

3 egg yolks 

1 handful of pine nuts 

salt to taste 

chopped parsley (optional)

For the sauce

800 gr. tomato paste
1 carrot 
1 clove garlic 
1 pinch of salt 
fresh basil

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Making the meatballs

Put the bread in a bowl,soak in water for 10 minutes. Then squeeze it and add it to the meat. Knead with hands. 

Add the 3 egg yolks, pine nuts, salt and parsley. Mix all the ingredients well and roll into balls with a  circumference of 3 cm.

Making the sauce

Chop carrot and onion and place in  a saucepan with 1 tablespoon oil. Add1 tablespoon of water and cook for 5 minutes on low heat. 

Add the tomato puree, salt and basil and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. 

Bringing it all together

Add the meatballs one at a time and cook for about an hour. 

And at this point the meatballs are ready .

Serve with pasta of choice (optional)

This authentic recipe has been provided by Anna & Flavia. Visit their site for more detailed instructions of this recipe and see their extensive range of traditional recipes.