Very good meatball recipe -- I used turkey meat instead and used store-bought spahetti suace in place of the red sauce (just to make it easier for me). We used these for meatball subs. They were great!
Red Sauce and Meatballs
Spray your hands with a little cooking spray for perfectly round meatballs that don't stick to your hands.
Yield: Makes 10 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 433
- Calories from fat: 19%
- Fat: 8.9g
- Saturated fat: 3.2g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
- Protein: 27.2g
- Carbohydrate: 61g
- Fiber: 6.8g
- Cholesterol: 48mg
- Iron: 5.6mg
- Sodium: 1147mg
- Calcium: 180mg
- 1 1/2 pounds extra-lean ground beef
- 1 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 small onion, grated
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 6 garlic cloves, minced and divided*
- 2 tablespoons dried basil, divided
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley, divided
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano, divided
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
- Vegetable cooking spray
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 cup red wine
- 3 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 (16-ounce) package linguine
- Combine extra-lean ground beef, next 5 ingredients, half of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon each of basil and parsley, 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Shape mixture into 32 (1-inch) balls.
- Place a rack coated with vegetable cooking spray in an aluminum foil-lined broiler pan. Arrange meatballs on rack.
- Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until meatballs are browned.
- Sauté chopped onion and remaining half of garlic in a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add red wine, tomatoes, sugar, and remaining 1 tablespoon each of basil and parsley, 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and add meatballs. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.
- Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and oil. Serve tomato sauce with meatballs over hot linguine.
- *Bottled minced garlic may be substituted; 1/2 teaspoon equals 1 clove.
- Note: To reduce sodium, choose low-sodium canned tomato products and omit added salt.
- Note: Red sauce and meatballs may be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated for a day or frozen for up to a month.
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