How to make it

  • Prepare your marinara
  • San Marzano tomatoes are important for all Italian cooking, almost without exception, so find and use them if at all possible.
  • Progresso will do in a pinch, but tomatoes marked San Marzano have the very best flavor for red sauce applications.
  • Puree the tomatoes on low speed until they are just incorporated
  • Pour the puree into a saucepan.
  • Do not turn it on yet.
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  • finely chop the 1/2 red onion and three garlic cloves.
  • Set aside the other garlic and onion for the meatballs.
  • Put these in a frying pan and add two tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Stir on medium heat and allow the garlic and onions to sweat.
  • Once they begin to sweat, after maybe three or four minutes, add in about a 1/2 cup of your chardonnay.
  • Add the sprigs of thyme, rosemary and basil to the sauce.
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  • Stir your onions and garlic with wine until they become translucent and smell delicious. About another four or five minutes.
  • Then add them to your sauce and herbs, along with another two tablespoons of olive oil and salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
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  • next the meatballs.
  • chop the parsley. You should end up with about 2 tablespoons worth.
  • Chop the basil and oregano, about a tablespoon each.
  • chop the remaining half of the onion, and the two cloves of garlic.
  • In a big mixing bowl, add the herbs, onion and garlic you have chopped up to these other ingredients: the egg, the bread crumbs, about 2 tablespoons of freshly grated parmesan ( I added more), about a teaspoon of salt and freshly ground black pepper (more to taste if you desire), along with the scotch, and 1/2 of the water (about 1/2 cup of water).
  • Whisk until you have a slurry .
  • add your pound of sirloin.
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  • You need to mix all this up., meatballs are best when you don't over-knead them, just like meatloaf.
  • this is an intentionally sticky recipe, so if your meatball mixture feels a bit more wet than you would expect, that is part of the yumminess of this dish. The meatballs will be extremely tender and fluffy.
  • Now then, roll these up into big meatballs. - these are manly, near-baseball sized meatballs. Put them in a shallow pan for steaming. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of water
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  • Stir the sauce to incorporate the spices, onions and garlic, and cover.
  • Turn on medium heat to simmer.
  • Once simmering, turn it down to lower heat.
  • Turn the meatballs to medium heat also.
  • This water will steam them as they cook alongside your sauce for 35 minutes.
  • Keep stirring the sauce, leave the meatballs alone.
  • About 15 minutes before your sauce and meatballs are complete, add the remaining chardonnay to a spaghetti pot with strainer.
  • About this time add your can of tomato paste to your marinara.
  • This thickens the marinara and gives it a richer, more intense flavor. Make sure to stir it in thoroughly.
  • Once your wine has a rolling boil, add your pasta to it.
  • The pasta will soak up the flavor of the chardonnay and give it an incredible taste you will not believe (even if it does smell kinda funny while cooking).
  • boil your pasta until it is al dente,
  • The wine may boil down before the pasta is al dente and if this happens you will want to add a cup or two of water to finish the job.
  • When your sauce is done cooking, remove the sprigs of herbs.
  • Your meatballs will have swelled up and become luscious and will smell absolutely unbelievable.
  • Drain your pasta. Do not rinse. The starch is like gold.
  • Plate the drunken spaghetti with white wine marinara and scotch-infused meatballs on a beautiful platter and garnish with more chopped parsley and freshly grated parmesan
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    " It was not good "
    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    Wonderful photos by the way!!! I meant to say that the first time around!
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    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    As the great chefs tell us, alcohol is a great flavor transmitter......this must be a fabulous dish. Can't wait to give it a try. I'll be appreciated for a day at least if I fuss a little for the family and make this. Wonderful post, JM, very very nice.
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  • zanna 16 years ago
    GREAT post and photos. BOOKMARKING THIS ONE!Pasta is one of my vices,but good recipes are one of your virtues.What is a pasta-junkie to do? lol Thanks
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  • luvthewho 16 years ago
    I second the wow. Will be trying this.
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    " It was excellent "
    kukla ate it and said...
    Just....WOW :) LOL!
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