This is my version - I think each of us takes our mother's recipe and we add our own special touches! My mom is a great cook and her good meals are appreciated by all who eat at her table! I learned to cook from her and I appreciate all the things she has taught me - in the kitchen and out of it!!
So here we go! I start by making my braciole (called "brajols" by the "americani" in South Philly!)
I use slices of young beef, I put some fresh garlic, parsely, grated parmigiano cheese and freshly ground pepper on each slice, then roll it up and secure with a toothpick.
Next I make my meatballs. I use lean, good quality ground beef. Here I used about 1/2 pound of meat, 1 fressh egg, about a cup of grated cheese (we like our meatballs cheesy!) about 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs (unseasoned!), fresh chopped parsely, 1 garlic clove finely chopped or pressed through a garlic press, freshly ground pepper. I generally don't put salt, as the cheese is already salty enough!
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Take the meat out of the sauce to serve with the pasta or after the pasta with a tossed saled.
Season the pasta with the sauce and transfer to a large serving tray. Fix a gravy bowl with extra sauce in it for those who like more sauce on their pasta! Serve with lots of freshly grated parmigiano cheese and as Julia Child might have said had she spoken Italian instead of French... BUON APPETITO!
ps - instead of dessert I served fresh pineapple and strawberries after the meal!