Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with Fresh Basil

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with Fresh Basil
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with Fresh Basil

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • MEATBALLS:

  • 1 lb. lean ground pork

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef or veal

  • 1 lb. lean ground chicken or turkey

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup bread crumbs

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

  • 2 tsp dried oregano

  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped basil

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp black pepper

  • SAUCE: (Better to double)

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 (796 ml) cans crushed or diced tomatoes

  • 1 large bay leaf

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil

  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

  • ½ tsp black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 450. Grease a large, sided baking sheet or coat with cooking spray. Combine meat in a large bowl. Add egg, bread crumbs, water, Parmesan, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Work mixture using hands until thoroughly combines. Form into small balls about 1” in diameter. Place slightly apart on baking sheet. Bake in two batches if necessary. Bake 15 minutes or until meatballs are lightly browned. To make sauce, heat oil in a large pot. Add garlic. Saute 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add tomatoes (including liquid), bay leaf, oregano, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add meatballs plus juices from baking tray. Reduce heat and simmer 1 – 1 ½ hours or until sauce is thick. Remove bay leaf and discard. Stir in basil, Parmesan and black pepper into hot sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

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