Actor Rick Hearst's meatball recipe

February 13, 2008 4:38:33 PM PST
You know our next guest from ABC's daytime soap opera "General Hospital" where he plays attorney Ric Lansing. We saw the family side of Rick Hearst when he brought his mom, Ann Polin, along to cook up one of their family favorites!

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Rick Hearst's Mother's Meatballs:
"Nonna's Meatballs"

    Ingredients:
    Extra virgin olive oil
    2 Fresh garlic cloves
    1 lb grated parmesan cheese
    ½ lb mozzarella cheese
    sliced ciabata bread
    1 qt milk
    8 large eggs
    canned flavored bread crumbs
    flat leaf parsley
    garlic powder
    sea salt or Kosher salt
    black pepper
    1 packages penne pasta
    1/2 lb ground beef
    1/2 lb ground pork
    1/2 lb ground veal
    2 large cans (28oz.) crushed tomatoes (Progresso or San Marzano) Fresh Basil 1lb mozzarella
    sugar
    4-6 leaves of fresh basil

    Meatballs:
    place beef, veal and pork in a large bowl and mix
    add 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
    add 6 eggs
    soak 4 to six slices of ciabatta bread in milk and squeeze dry and add to meat. (If fresh bread is not available, use 1 cup dry Italian seasoned bread crumbs)
    2 to 3 Tbsp chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
    add 1 Tbsp garlic powder
    1 Tbsp Kosher salt
    1 tsp black pepper
    Mix all together and form meatballs (size of a golf ball) be sure to cube mozzarella cheese, and insert 1 cube into each meatball. Dip meatballs into beater egg whites, and roll into dry bread crumbs.
    Heat 6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil on high heat. Saute and brown meatballs on all sides. remove from pan and set aside.

    Sauce
    In a deep skillet or large sauce pan, heat 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
    add 2 cloves chopped garlic, and brown lightly
    add 2 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
    add 2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp pepper
    1 tsp sugar
    4 to 6 leaves fresh basil
    bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer
    add meatballs and simmer on medium heat for 35 minutes

    To cook pasta
    Have a 4 to 5 quart pot filled with water
    add 1 Tbsp. salt
    add 1 lb penne pasta
    cook for about 8 minutes
    drain place into a large bowl and top with sauce meatballs, and grated parmesan cheese


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