Rao's Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

In this recipe, you will find that we add the water, cheese and breadcrumbs in layers, which allows the breadcrumbs to be separate from the water. If you add the water, then breadcrumbs ... by the time you get started to mix, the water will be absorbed into the bread and will be hard to mix and dry, which also makes it hard to roll.


  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • Coarse salt
  • Four 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes with basil, preferably from San Marzano
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons minced onion
  • 12 leaves fresh basil, torn (optional)
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1½ tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 pound ground veal
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1¼ cups grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying (optional)
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For Rao's Marinara Sauce:

  1. Remove tomatoes from cans and place in a large bowl, reserving juices. Using your hands, crush the tomatoes. Remove and discard the hard core from stem end and any skin and tough membrane. Set aside.
  2. Place the oil in a large, nonreactive saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and just beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until softened, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomatoes and the reserved juices. Season with salt. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 hour.
  3. Stir in basil, if using, oregano, and season with pepper. Continue cooking 1 minute more. Remove from heat and serve.

For Rao's Meatballs:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the three ground meats. Mince clove garlic and add to meat mixture, spreading the meat in bowl as if you're making a well. Then add the parsley, salt, pepper and eggs followed by the water. Begin to sprinkle the cheese on top of the water as if covering it, and then sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the cheese.
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