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Campanile's Spaghetti and Meatballs in Red Sauce
Annabelle Breakey

Campanile's Spaghetti and Meatballs in Red Sauce

L.A. chef Mark Peel of Campanile revs up classic meatballs with mushrooms and fresh-cracked fennel. For a small group, serve half the sauce (with half the pasta), then freeze the rest for dinner another night.

Recipe: Campanile's Spaghetti and Meatballs in Red Sauce

Pair with: Barbera. The variety, which is coming on strong in California, has the bright red fruit, spice, and acidity to stand up to a classic Italian red sauce. Our bottle pick has an earthy, herbal side that adds a bridge to the mushrooms and fennel in the meatballs. Recommended bottle: Uvaggio 2007 Barbera (Lodi).

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