This no-fry, no-bake meatball recipe is bare-bones: Just slip the raw meatballs into simmering tomato sauce. Take these basic ingredients and the technique and have fun with it—add pine nuts, finely diced prunes, and ricotta for a Sicilian version; use pecorino instead of Parmesan; or add mint, chives, or tarragon to the parsley mix. Serve with some bread or Godfather style, over pasta.
Game plan: You’ll need to make the tomato sauce before you begin. Or just pick up some canned sauce.