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Fabio Viviani's Lazy Meatballs

Lazy Meatballs Fabio Viviani
Sausage Meatballs
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Lose the pasta and serve these small sausage mouthfuls on their own. Simple pair with a side of crusty bread to soak up with savory tomato sauce.
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion (small diced) 
  • 3 Garlic cloves (sliced thinly) 
  • 1 tablespoon Fennel Seeds 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste 
  • 1 cup Beef or Chicken Stock 
  • 2 cups fresh pureed Tomato 
  • 6 Sausage Links (cut in to meatball-size pieces)
  • Parmesan
  • 1 bunch fresh Basil
  • Bread 
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  • 1
    Olive Oil
    1 Onion (small diced)
    3 Garlic cloves (sliced thinly)
    1 tablespoon Fennel Seeds
    Salt and Pepper to taste
    Place a heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat and add about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the oil shimmers and is hot, add the onions and garlic to the pan and toss to coat. Add the fennel seeds. Season with a large pinch of salt. Cook for 8 to10 minutes, or until the onions just begin to soften.
  • 2
    1 cup Beef or Chicken Stock
    2 cups fresh pureed Tomato
    Add the stock, and with a wooden spoon, scrape up the bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato sauce to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for about 5 minutes more. 
  • 3
    6 Sausage Links (cut in to meatball-size pieces)
    Add the sausage into the tomato sauce and simmer until fully cooked, about another 10 to 12 minutes. Once the tomato sauce has reduced and is thick, adjust seasoning.
  • 4
    1 bunch fresh Basil
    Top with freshly grated Parmesan and a handful of torn basil. Serve with hot crusty bread.

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