This beef stock with chicken and vegetables is an essential preparation to make several dishes of the Emilian traditional cuisine, as Bolognese cutlet, or tortellini, or Zuppa Imperiale. Preparing a fabulous meat stock as tradition wants is very easy, but needs a very gently cooking for several hours. Every member of my generation can recall from his childhood a big, heavy pot, slowly bubbling, hours, and hours, and hours! Like many traditional recipes, every family has their own way to prepare the meat stock. Here, I’ll share with you my family recipe!
In Italy, meatballs (that we call “polpette”) are a classic Monday dish. In fact, originally the meatballs were made with the leftovers of the meat used for Sunday’s broth. Nowadays, meatballs are no longer made just to avoid throwing out leftover food, and we prepare them in many ways: with vegetables (eggplant is an excellent choice), meat (veal, beef or pork) or fish (especially cod and shrimp). Usually the balled mixture is fried and then simmered, although at times they area perfect street food, just fried and eaten on the go. Today we are going to prepare sausage meatballs, topped with a sauce made of tomatoes and fresh basil, without frying them so they are lighter. Given that the meat is very savory, I don’t add salt to either the sauce or the meatballs, and they are still very tasty. Your only regret will be not having prepared a few more!