TRADITIONAL ITALIAN MEATBALLS & SAUCE

PREP TIME: 5 MINS | COOK TIME: 25 MINS | ADDITIONAL TIME: 1 HR | TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MINS | YIELD: 7 cups sauce, 20 meatballs

This meatball dinner has the perfect blend of flavours from fresh tomatoes. No, I do not use canned tomatoes for this recipe. I made everything from scratch for that traditional Italian flavour we all love.

INGREDIENTS

TOMATO SAUCE:

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

8 large peeled tomatoes, pureed

1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped

1 teaspoon Sea Salt

1 can tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

MEATBALLS:

1 egg

1/2 c. crushed pork rinds

1/3 c. Parmesan, grated

1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage, out of the casing

1 ground beef

1 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

HOW TO MAKE TRADITIONAL ITALIAN MEATBALLS & SAUCE

Step 1: Drizzle about 1 to 2 tbsp olive oil in a large stockpot and heat over medium. Add the onion and garlic to the hot oil and saute for about 2 minutes or until the onion is translucent and the garlic is aromatic.

Step 2: To the pot, add the peeled tomatoes and tomato paste. Bring everything to a boil over medium heat, stirring. Decrease the heat to a simmer once the paste is completely incorporated.

Step 3: Now, stir in the fresh herbs along with the seasonings. Continue to simmer the sauce.

Step 4: In the meantime, make the meatballs. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Combine the meatball ingredients in a large bowl until well mixed. As needed, add a little cream or extra bread crumbs to reach your desired consistency. Into about 3 to 4-inch meatballs, roll the meatball mixture. Add them to the hot skillet in batches and sear all sides for about 5 minutes or until completely cooked.

Step 5: To the sauce, add the cooked meatballs. Put the lid on and continue to simmer for a minute more, stirring often.

Step 6: When done, serve the meatballs immediately with pasta or eat right out of a bowl with bread. Enjoy!

NUTRITION FACTS:

YIELD: 8 SERVING SIZE: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 326 TOTAL FAT: 19g SATURATED FAT: 6g TRANS FAT: 0g UNSATURATED FAT: 10g CHOLESTEROL: 88mg SODIUM: 684mg CARBOHYDRATES: 15g FIBER: 4g SUGAR: 8g PROTEIN: 26g