I reviewed this once and the computer lost it, so sorry if it's a repeat. I didn't exactly follow the recipe. First, I split the meat into 4 patties. I didn't put the 2 cups of water in right away, as I thought that would make it too wet to reduce properly. I put in 1 cup, and added about 3/4 of the second cup during the simmer stage. I used Mozzarella cheese and put in some oregano, basil, and parsley toward the end.
What emerged from this recipe was pasta with meatballs. The browned egg noodles didn't seem to do much. If I made it again, I'd probably use slightly-parboiled rigatoni, penne, etc. I'd also skip the melting cheese, but that's entirely personal preference.
The reason I really enjoyed this recipe is that, when you leave out the water-and-noodles routine, is a *very* good and easy way to make tomato sauce with meatballs. No, they're not nice round meatballs. But the perfect, as they say, is the enemy of the good. Use a lot of onion, and the sugar in the onion plus the beef/sausage fat "mellow" the tomatoes into a really nice sauce. You could make this sauce and, with some Mozzarella cheese, have a great pizza topping. Or use the meatballs for sandwiches and reserve the tomato sauce for pasta. It's a really handy recipe, thanks!