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Recipe: Dom Tiberi’s classic meatballs & spaghetti sauce

Try Dom’s world famous meatball recipe.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Here's how you can make Dom Tiberi's "world famous" meatball recipe.


  • 1 pound ground round
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  • Add more bread crumbs if mixture is too wet.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a cookie sheet with olive oil
  • Roll meat to golf ball size balls
  • Place on cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Turn them over and bake for about 5 more minutes
  • Add them to sauce of choice and let them cook rest of the way

Sauce recipe

  • Use a high quality tomato puree and paste of your choice.
  • Coat a pan with extra virgin olive oil and add chopped garlic. I like 4 to 5 cloves. You can use more or less.
  • I like to add a fatty piece of pork and sear it in the olive oil and garlic. Leave it in the sauce and let it cook the rest of the way – it gives the sauce great flavor.
  • Next, add the puree, tomato paste and water; enough water to break it down and make it double in size.
  • Next add oregano, parsley, basil, salt and pepper -- use fresh if available. Again add to taste. If you like oregano add more, same with parsley. I also like to add fresh parmigiano cheese.
  • When the sausage and meatballs have been seared add them to sauce and then let it simmer. I start mine at night and stir and stir and stir and then before bed, put it in the oven on low and let it cook overnight.
  • Don't be afraid to try different things. I do it all to taste.

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