Meatballs and Sauce

  • 5 ounces chopped frozen spinach – thawed and drained
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground veal
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup of grated “cheese” topping
  • ½ cup plain panko style breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup Italian flavored panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a large mixing bowl, combine ingredients. Using your hands, mix until well incorporated. Using your hands, shape the meatballs into rounds, and place the meatballs on a lined cookie tray. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden and cooked through.

While the meatballs are baking, you can make the sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion – chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 ½  teaspoons salt
  • ½  teaspoon ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan. Add the onion and saute over medium heat until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the wine and cook on high heat, scraping up all the brown bits in the pan, until almost all the liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, parsley, salt, and pepper.

Gently place the meatballs in the sauce, half cover, and simmer on the lowest heat, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 hours, until the meatballs are cooked through and the flavors meld.


at: January 16, 2011 at 9:46 PM said...

My wife made them and they were awesome, she made them when I wasn't home because I normally make the Italian food in the house due to the up-bringing and they were fantastic....Two Thumbs Up!!!!

at: August 16, 2011 at 2:29 PM said...

I have tried alot of meatball recipes and this is the best one by far. I had a few friends over for dinner and they all loved them. Great Job !!!

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