Italian Meatballs in Tomato-Pesto-Sauce

Marion Wilting


This is one of my favourite meatball dishes. We usually have it over oven roasted vegetables, but serve it as you desire.


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 lb
    ground beef or mixed pork and beef
  • 1 tsp
    salt (or to taste)
  • ·
    pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    italian seasoning (mixed herbs)
  • 1 jar(s)
    tomato sauce (your favourite)
  • 2 Tbsp

How to Make Italian Meatballs in Tomato-Pesto-Sauce


  1. Combine ground meat, salt, pepper and Italian herb mix in a big bowl, knead well.
  2. In a pot, heat tomato sauce and bring to a gentle simmer. Add pesto, stir well to dissolve and combine.
  3. Form meat mixture into 1 inch balls and carefully drop into simmering tomato sauce as they are made, one by one.
  4. As soon as all meat is used up, cover pot and let simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring well after about five minutes. If necessary, add some water.
  5. Serve over oven roasted vegetables, cauliflower rice or pasta as desired.

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About Italian Meatballs in Tomato-Pesto-Sauce

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free, Low Carb

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