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Red Sauce and Meatballs

Red Sauce and Meatballs

Spray your hands with a little cooking spray for perfectly round meatballs that don't stick to your hands.

Southern Living JANUARY 2004

  • Yield: Makes 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

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.

Nutritional Information

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
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