Everyday Meatballs

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1 pound ground meat (I use a mix of beef and pork)

2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs or 1/2 cup panko

1/3 cup milk or water

2 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (optional)

2 teaspoons coarse or kosher salt, divided

Pinches of red pepper flakes or few grinds of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

2 large eggs

2 garlic cloves, minced, divided

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 28-ounce can of tomato puree or crushed tomatoes

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