28 Ingredients
  • SAUCE
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed*
  • 1 can (28 oz.) whole peeled tomatoes, puréed
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped capers
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • MEATBALLS
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 pound ground chuck
  • 1/3 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • SERVING
  • 16 fresh basil leaves about the size of rolls
  • 16 small (2 in. wide) soft dinner rolls, split with 1 side attached and broiled to toast
  • 1/2 cup shaved pecorino cheese (use a vegetable peeler)
  • Long toothpicks (optional)
Nutrition
1057
53% daily value
6 servings
                                       
                                            high-​fiber
     

Fat

61% 40

Saturated

50% 10

Trans

- 0

Monounsaturated

- 19

Polyunsaturated

- 8

Carbs

44% 131

Carbs (net)

- 123

Fiber

34% 8

Sugars

- 12

Sugars, added

- 0

Protein

86% 43

Cholesterol

31% 92

Sodium

74% 1773

Calcium

60% 605

Magnesium

24% 100

Potassium

17% 781

Iron

56% 10

Zinc

46% 5

Phosphorus

81% 567

Vitamin A

9% 77

Vitamin C

23% 21

Thiamin (B1)

176% 2

Riboflavin (B2)

86% 1

Niacin (B3)

86% 14

Vitamin B6

46% 1

Folate equivalent (total)

92% 366

Folate (food)

- 70

Folic acid

- 175

Vitamin B12

50% 1

Vitamin D

116% 17

Vitamin E

31% 5

Vitamin K

31% 38

Sugar alcohols

- 0

Water

- 273
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