Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

TOTAL TIME: 55 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • Meatballs
  • 1 pound/500 g extra-lean ground beef
  • 3 1/2 ounces/100 g ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup/250 ml freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Tomato Sauce
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 pounds/about 800 g tomato puree
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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    Directions

    For the meatballs: In a mixing bowl, add the ground beef, ricotta cheese, egg, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmigiano cheese, salt, and pepper. Mix well until the ingredients are evenly distributed. With your hands, shape the meatballs into the size of golf balls and then pat them down so they will evenly cook.

    For the tomato sauce: In a large pot, heat the extra-virgin olive oil and cook the onions until translucent. Add the tomato puree and bring to a boil. Add the salt, and pepper, to taste and lower the heat to medium. Add the uncooked meatballs to the pot and let cook on medium heat for 30 minutes.

    SERVINGS: 6
    Calories: 261
    Total Fat: 10 grams
    Saturated Fat: 5 grams
    Protein: 26 grams
    Total carbohydrates: 18 grams
    Sugar: 10 grams
    Fiber: 4 grams
    Cholesterol: 95 milligrams
    Sodium: 1,179 milligrams

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    • on September 06, 2014

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      According to my Canadian Italian husband, these meatballs are absolutely among the best! They are fast and easy to make...almost like fast food if you have the ingredients and children can help make them which is an additional bonus. The sauce is a no-brainer as well so supper can be prepared in no time with a salad on the side. Thank you sooooo much for this! BTW, although not very Florentino, the meatballs freeze up nicely when cooked; add a tomato sauce and you are ready to go....

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    • on January 21, 2013

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      Excellent and fast. The meatballs were light and flavorful.
      Next time I will use my own marinara as I think the sauce would have been better with some deeper flavor.
      Also, I know that I prefer a crust, so I lightly browned the meatballs before putting them in the sauce.
      Next time I will brown them a bit more and get a firmer exterior and flavor.

      My 4 yr old ate 3 helpings! She is a fan of this dish!

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    • on November 18, 2012

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      These were the best meatballs that I have ever made. Love your show and trying a different recipe each week. Thank you - you have brought Italy to my home.

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