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Spicy Italian Pork Meatballs

  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 4

These easy, versatile oven-baked pork meatballs get their bold flavor from Italian herbs, Parmesan cheese and a dash of red pepper. Serve them with our quick marinara dipping sauce as an appetizer, or pop them in a hoagie bun or on top of your pasta for quick, delicious dinners! ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

Meatballs

1
lb ground pork
1
egg
1/2
cup Progresso™ Panko Crispy Bread Crumbs Italian Style
1/4
cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1
tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
2
teaspoons finely chopped garlic
1
teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Marinara Sauce

1
tablespoon olive oil
3
cloves garlic, crushed
1/4
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1
can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ Organic Crushed Tomatoes Fire Roasted, undrained
1/4
teaspoon salt
8
medium fresh basil leaves

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, mix Meatball ingredients until well combined. Using rounded tablespoon measure, shape 20 meatballs (1 1/2-inch); place in pan. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until no longer pink in center (at least 165°F).
  • 3
    Meanwhile, make sauce by heating oil in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add crushed garlic and 1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until garlic is fragrant. Add tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the basil leaves; heat to simmering. Stir; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. Carefully transfer to blender. Vent blender top, and cover with kitchen towel. Blend sauce 40 to 45 seconds or until garlic and basil are blended with tomatoes. Serve sauce warm with meatballs.

Expert Tips

  • Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs can be substituted.
  • Timesaver: Use your favorite Muir Glen™ organic pasta sauce instead of making the marinara from scratch.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
400
Calories from Fat
210
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
37%
Saturated Fat
8g
39%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
125mg
42%
Sodium
1010mg
42%
Potassium
320mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
19g
6%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
5g
Protein
27g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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