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Hearty Italian Meatballs

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Hearty Italian Meatballs
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 8
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Perfect for spaghetti or meatball sandwiches, our hearty Italian meatballs are made with homemade marinara sauce, Italian pork sausage and ground beef. Ready to serve in 1 hour.

Ingredients

Meatballs

1
teaspoon olive oil
1
large onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
1
lb bulk Italian pork sausage
1
lb ground beef
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
egg
1/2
cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
1/3
cup milk
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon pepper

Marinara Sauce

1
teaspoon olive oil
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
1
can (28 oz) Muir Glen™ organic whole tomatoes with basil, undrained
1
tablespoon tomato paste
1
teaspoon salt

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In small skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Cook 1 cup onion in oil, stirring occasionally, until tender. Remove from heat; cool.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix onion and remaining meatball ingredients just until combined. Shape into tablespoon-size meatballs. Place in ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan.
  • 3 Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center and meat thermometer inserted in center of meatball reads 160°F.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook 1/2 cup onion in oil, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and salt. Cook 5 minutes, breaking up tomatoes.
  • 5 Add cooked meatballs to sauce. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened.
Tips  

Prepare and bake meatballs as directed—except do not add to sauce. Cool meatballs. Place in resealable freezer plastic bags or freezer container; freeze 2 to 3 months. Freeze sauce separately. When ready to use, thaw in refrigerator overnight. In Dutch oven or large saucepan, reheat meatballs in sauce 15 to 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Serve the meatballs and sauce on spaghetti with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, or make meatball sandwiches on hoagie buns topped with shredded mozzarella.

To lower the fat content, use lean ground beef and lean Italian turkey sausage. These meatballs can also be made with all ground beef.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
390.1
Daily Value
Total Fat
27.7g
43%
(
Saturated Fat
9.2g
46%
)
Cholesterol
104.2mg
35%
Sodium
1332.4mg
56%
Potassium
411.5mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
13.1g
4%
(
Dietary Fiber
1.4g
6%
,
Sugars
4.7g
)
Protein
21.3g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
7.20%
7%
Calcium
5.80%
6%
Iron
15.20%
15%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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