Ngozzamoddi: Meatballs in tomato celery sauce. Photography: Micol Piazza Sed
Ngozzamoddi: Meatballs in tomato celery sauce. Photography: Micol Piazza Sed

Ngozzamoddi – Jewish-Roman Meatballs

"I made Ngozzamoddi for Shabbat," says Micaela. "My father tasted the meatballs in celery and tomato sauce and excitedly said: 'It's just like Nonna's!'"

“I serve this dish to the table every week. I remember that my grandmother used a piece of cloth that she spread on her palms to shape the meatballs so that they would be beautiful.” Micaela explains that the dish originated in Jewish-Roman kitchens. “When there wasn’t enough money to buy meat, they used crushed bones as a substitute which gave the dish its special flavor.”

The Sonnino family’s kitchen is the heart of their home. Since Michaela and Angelo got married in 2009, they have been holding holiday meals with family at their home in the Monteverde neighborhood in central Rome. Click and take a look at the Sonnino family’s kitchen.

Ingredients for Ngozzamoddi- Jewish Roman Meatballs

For the Meatballs

  • 10.5 oz (300 grams) ground chicken
  • 10.5 oz (300 grams) ground veal
  • 4 slices (3.5 oz/100 grams) bread old or stale is fine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon breadcrumbs
  • pinch cinnamon
  • Salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

For the sauce:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 celery stalks thinly sliced
  • 23.5 fl oz (700 ml) crushed tomatoes


Prepare the Meatballs:

  • 1. Soak the bread in water, then squeeze as much liquid out as possible.

  • 2. In a large bowl, place the meats, bread, egg, breadcrumbs, cinnamon, salt and pepper and mix well. Form the mixture into 6 meatballs and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Prepare the Sauce:

  • 3. Place the olive oil, celery, and tomato in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for about 20 minutes until the sauce is reduced.

  • 4. Carefully place your meatballs in the sauce, cover and cook for 30-40 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

*שמנו לב שחסרים כמה פרטים קטנים להשלמת הפרופיל שלך ב־FOODISH, אפשר להוסיף אותם בקלות בעמוד המשתמש שלך.