Friday, August 16, 2013

Baked Meatballs

Since we have batches and batches of pre-made hearty Garden Vegetable Tomato Sauce, we decided it would be the prefect time to make some spaghetti and meatballs! Spaghetti and meatballs are always a crowd pleaser... so an easy, delicious, standard meatball recipe is a great thing to have around. This Baked Meatball recipe comes straight from the mouth of my mom (of course), as many of our other recipes have. If nothing else, this blog has been a great way for me to take down and document all of our family recipes, making an online family cookbook in a way!

I have always enjoyed my mom's Baked Meatballs... they are moist, flavorful, and have a nice crisp outside to them! Also, they are not greasy because they are baked instead of fried. You could eat these meatballs alone, put them on a sandwich, eat them with pasta, or drop them into a batch of Garden Vegetable Tomato Sauce (like above). This is a great easy, standard recipe for meatballs... you could add all sorts of ingredients to jazz them up as you see fit!

Baked Meatballs

1 lb. ground beef (use 80/20 or 93/7 beef for healthier meatballs)
1/4 medium onion, finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp. basil paste (or 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil)
1/2 cup dried Italian breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
red pepper flakes, to taste
sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
splash olive oil

Preheat oven to 375. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined.


Begin shaping mixture into 1 1/2 - 2 inch round balls. Place meatballs on cookie sheet greased with a olive oil. Roll meatballs around on cookie sheet just enough to coat in olive oil.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Drain off any residual oils before serving.

Now for the Spaghetti and Meatball part:
Into the pot of Garden Vegetable Tomato Sauce the meatballs go........

Bring a pot of water to a boil, drop in some dry spaghetti, boil for 6-8 minutes (or as directed on box) stirring frequently, and drain; then pour tomato sauce and meatballs over cooked spaghetti... and voila!!! Spaghetti and Baked Meatballs.


Just looking at this is making me hungry....


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