Saucy meatballs

1
Joan Penney

By
@thyme4dinner

This is a can't be beat recipe for meatballs and sauce. It is fantastic over pasta or as a meatball sub.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
1 Hr
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

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  • 1 c
    italian blend bread crumbs
  • 3/4 c
    romano or parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/2 c
    milk
  • 1/2 c
    beef broth
  • 1/2 c
    fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3
    eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp
    oregano, dried
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 tsp
    pepper
  • 2 tsp
    basil, dried
  • 1 tsp
    crushed red pepper
  • ·
    pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 lb
    ground chuck
  • 1 c
    beef broth
  • SAUCE

  • 1/4 c
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 c
    sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 clove
    garlic, chopped
  • 3 can(s)
    (14 1/2 oz) whole plum tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp
    sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 c
    meatball pan drippings
  • 1/2 c
    minced fresh parsley

How to Make Saucy meatballs

Step-by-Step

  1. Basic meatballs:
    Preheat oven to 450. Spray deep baking dish with cooking spray.
    Combine bread crumbs, cheese, milk, broth, parsley, eggs, oregano, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, red pepper and nutmeg in a large bowl. Mix well. Add ground chuck and mix thoroughly. Shape into 2" balls. Space meatballs in pan so they are not touching. Pour 1 c beef broth over meatballs.
    Bake at 450 for 25 min
  2. Sauce:

    Crush tomatoes reserving juice.

    Pour olive oil in large pot. Add onions and sauté over med heat until translucent, 4 min.
    Stir in garlic, cook about 30 seconds.
    Add tomatoes and reserved juice, sugar and pepper flakes, cover and simmer while meatballs are baking (20-25 min).
  3. Add pan drippings and fresh parsley to sauce. Cover and simmer 15 min. Add meatballs to sauce and allow to simmer uncovered 10-15 min.

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About Saucy meatballs

Course/Dish: Pasta, Other Sauces
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtags: #sauce, #Meatballs




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