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Hearty Italian Meatballs

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 8

Perfect for spaghetti or meatball sandwiches, our hearty Italian meatballs are made with homemade marinara sauce, Italian pork sausage and ground beef. Ready to serve in 1 hour. MORE + LESS -

Angie McGowan Angie McGowan
October 31, 2016

Ingredients

Meatballs

1
teaspoon olive oil
1
large onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
1
lb bulk Italian pork sausage
1
lb ground beef
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
egg
1/2
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
1/3
cup milk
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon pepper

Marinara Sauce

1
teaspoon olive oil
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
1
can (28 oz) Muir Glen™ organic whole tomatoes with basil, undrained
1
tablespoon tomato paste
1
teaspoon salt

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. In small skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Cook 1 cup onion in oil, stirring occasionally, until tender. Remove from heat; cool.
  • 2
    In large bowl, mix onion and remaining meatball ingredients just until combined. Shape into tablespoon-size meatballs. Place in ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan.
  • 3
    Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center and meat thermometer inserted in center of meatball reads 160°F.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, in Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook 1/2 cup onion in oil, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and salt. Cook 5 minutes, breaking up tomatoes.
  • 5
    Add cooked meatballs to sauce. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened.

Expert Tips

  • Prepare and bake meatballs as directed—except do not add to sauce. Cool meatballs. Place in resealable freezer plastic bags or freezer container; freeze 2 to 3 months. Freeze sauce separately. When ready to use, thaw in refrigerator overnight. In Dutch oven or large saucepan, reheat meatballs in sauce 15 to 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  • Serve the meatballs and sauce on spaghetti with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, or make meatball sandwiches on hoagie buns topped with shredded mozzarella.
  • To lower the fat content, use lean ground beef and lean Italian turkey sausage. These meatballs can also be made with all ground beef.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
390.1
% Daily Value
Total Fat
27.7g
43%
Saturated Fat
9.2g
46%
Cholesterol
104.2mg
35%
Sodium
1332.4mg
56%
Potassium
411.5mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
13.1g
4%
Dietary Fiber
1.4g
6%
Sugars
4.7g
Protein
21.3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
7.20%
7%
Calcium
5.80%
6%
Iron
15.20%
15%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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