Staunch Italian, pot-stirrer, and Real Housewife Teresa Giudice is not a fan of the Olive Garden — constantly haunted by the restaurant’s slogan “When you’re here, you’re family,” and horrified by its claims to be an Italian restaurant. Her solution, naturally, was to publish an Italian cookbook that is all about la famiglia.
It’s titled Fabulicious!: Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook, and the inspiration for this episode of Real Chefs Cook Dumb Recipes. We called on real chef Ilan Hall to give the recipe for Joe’s Juicy Meatballs a try, named after Teresa’s husband Joe. It’s a pretty standard recipe, calling for Italian seasoning, ground beef, milk, freshly grated Pecorino Romano, and a basic red sauce. It’s so standard that Hall is worried he’s actually going to enjoy the final result.